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First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Supreme Court hears obstruction arguments: 1 min. 35 sec.

I particularly liked this question posed by Justice Gorsuch: "Would pulling a fire alarm to delay a vote qualify? For a 20 year sentence?" Obviously referring to Democrat / Socialist member of the "Squad" street thug Congressman Jamal Bowman and his being videotaped pulling a fire alarm to disrupt / obstruct / delay a vote in Congress. An everyday street thug move, should have been arrested, tried and jailed. But he was not because he inhabits the Political Realm.

That question alone gives you an inkling into the mind set of at least some of the Justices.

The government has apparently used this statute in too broad of a manner, throwing everything and anything against the law and justice wall to see what sticks. And if this Section 1512©(2) were to be used as the government suggests there is a danger that the law is being used in an abusive manner in which it was not narrowly intended. And that in essence as I understand these arguments is what this obstruction case is all about.

And make no mistake about it, anyone who rioted in the Capitol, promoted entering the Capitol and did violence on January 6th 2021 did a great disservice to the country and the process and many of them deserve some degree of legal consequence. But a 20 year sentence? Because of the highly polarized political atmosphere in the country today many of those being held by the government for the January 6th offences are in effect political prisoners.

What is the Constitution simply about? The Constitution is simply about the attempt at counterbalancing the governments tendency to abuse its power as it relates to the people. That is the nature of government. The entity government is ALWAYS and every day a threat to the people's freedom. ALWAYS and every day!

Sometimes when the people are expressing their displeasure with the government during highly politically polarized times things can become chaotic and messy. This is our system, this is our process. By design.

And like it or not a good portion of people in America have a long list of well-founded grievances against an ever-expanding authoritarian government that is clearly acting in ways against the interests of the people.

Are you paying attention yet America? JGL 4/16/24

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