The following is from an article by Dr. Ron Paul entitled, “The Jan. 6th Show Trials Threaten All of Us”:
The recent felony conviction and eight month prison sentence of January 6th protester Paul Hodgkins is an affront to any notion of justice. It is a political charge and a political verdict by a political court. Every American regardless of political persuasion should be terrified of a court system so beholden to politics instead of justice.
We’ve seen this movie before and it does not end well.
Worse than this miscarriage of justice is the despicable attempt by the prosecutor in the case to label Hodgkins – who has no criminal record and was accused of no violent crime – a “terrorist.”
As journalist Michael Tracey recently wrote, Special Assistant US Attorney Mona Sedky declared Hodgkins a “terrorist” in the court proceedings not for committing any terrorist act, not for any act of violence, not even for imagining a terrorist act.
Sedky wrote in her sentencing memo, “The Government … recognizes that Hodgkins did not personally engage in or espouse violence or property destruction.” She added, “we concede that Mr. Hodgkins is not under the legal definition a domestic terrorist.”
Yet Hodgkins should be considered a terrorist because the actions he took – entering the Senate to take a photo of himself – occurred during an event that the court is “framing…in the context of terrorism.”
That goes beyond a slippery slope. He is not a terrorist because he committed a terrorist act, but because somehow the “context” of his actions was, in her words, “imperiling democracy.”
In other words, Hodgkins deserved enhanced punishment because he committed a thought crime. The judge on the case, Randolph D. Moss, admitted as much. In carrying a Trump flag into the Senate, he said, Hodgkins was, “declaring his loyalty to a single individual over the nation.”
WOW. Being imprisoned for failing to show loyalty to “the nation”. In America. Wow.
Mind you, loyalty to “the nation” is not acceptable when the head of that nation’s government is a Republican, such as Donald Trump.
On the other hand, loyalty to the nation is not merely acceptable, but mandatory, when it comes to accepting the will of the people who have managed to seize power.
On this premise, what’s to stop the imposition of concentration camps for dissidents — or whatever euphemistic label will be applied to them, this time?
What’s to stop forced vaccinations — which Joe Biden’s CDC head just said on Fox News yesterday that the federal government is looking into, whatever that means?
What’s to stop continued lockdowns for any reason the government deems an emergency? What’s to stop gun confiscation because the government declares that violence on city streets (where the police have been badly weakened by those city governments) constitutes an “urgent health crisis”?
What’s to stop the government from forcing all white people to hand over more of their money, and being forced to go to brainwashing seminars, if racism is declared an “urgent health crisis”?
The beginning of this downward spiral was last year, in 2020. That’s when the vast majority of Americans decided not to resist their government when it imposed “15 days to flatten the curve”. People like Ron Paul tried to warn you: Once you surrender your liberty in principle, the rest is only a matter of time.
Just look at all the liberty that has been lost way, way beyond that “flatten the curve” nonsense of last year. We are so past that. And there is so, so much more to come, at least so long as the vast majority of us choose to keep taking it.
Increasingly, the only choice is between total submission or civil war. It’s hard to imagine a more horrifying choice. Civil wars — whatever form they take — are the bloodiest and most horrifying nightmares human beings have ever devised. But if the only choice is between THAT and complete totalitarian submission — well, then we’re already in the nightmare.
Take off your denial glasses, patriots. We are in very, very serious trouble. No election is going to solve it; if we’re real about it, there will be no more reliable elections, especially at the national presidential level in swing states. The culture is lost. Corporate America, the Olympics, all schools and universities are all in line. Mao would have been jealous. All, so far, without firing a shot.
But I can promise you: Any government whose court system — not just a demented president, but the court system upon which we depend to uphold our Constitutional rights– starts saying “nation” comes before the rights of individuals … well, that nation, I can promise you, is no longer America.
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