‘Emergency’ shouldn’t be used to deny liberty, ignore Constitution

Posted 18 January 2022 at 1:41 pm

Editor:

Did you ever notice that politicians always seem to come up with an “emergency” that somehow permits them to limit individual liberty? It seems that the greater the “emergency,” the greater the need to limit individual liberty.

Where it is written that the Constitution only applies when “emergencies” don’t exist? The Constitution is not a “fair weather, non-emergency, good times only” document. As long as the United States of America exists, the Constitution is the supreme law of the land – emergency or not.

Ben Franklin once opined that “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

What safety have we purchased with our loss of individual liberty? Have the limitations placed on our individual liberty made us safer?

The President’s attempted mandates prove that, as Lord Acton wrote in 1881, “All power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” The obvious truth of Acton’s observation is precisely why government operated from the top down always results in a complete loss of individual liberty.

America was created based on the self-evident truth that “all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights…” Yet our President insists that the need to preserve “democracy” outweighs self-evident truth, liberty and the Constitution.  Apparently what the Declaration of Independence accepts as being self-evident to every American isn’t to our President.

The President insists that we give up individual liberty and do whatever he says is best.  According to the President, this is necessary because of an “emergency” created by a contagious and sometimes fatal virus that man has been unable to prevent, let alone eliminate.  This despite the fact that the President promised to eliminate the virus if we elected him. The President destroys liberty in order to “save democracy.” Quite a feat considering “democracy” can’t exist without liberty.

Where does the President get the right to revoke what the Declaration of Independence says is endowed by God? One thing is certain, the President doesn’t get that right from the Constitution.

While our Constitution guarantees that the minority is always entitled to a voice, it does not allow the minority to govern. The Constitution reserves the right to govern for the majority.  This principle of government by the majority is the very definition of democracy. In spite of what a very vocal and emotional minority professes today, this is still America, not Joe Biden’s basement.

Either the majority governs or America doesn’t exist. The choice is still ours.

Em Seefeldt

Medina