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COMMENTARY

To Be or Not to Be… 2020

By Joseph Mavilia

We have all hunkered down with the C-Virus situation, but have we been manipulated? Are our elected representatives guilty of abusing the Constitution and overreaching? Is it tyranny – dictating what ‘they’ think is best for us rather than representing the will of the people from who their rights are derived? Was it necessary for the entire country to be shut down and quarantined?

We have in today’s world two opposing parties and thus two points of view. But one doesn’t have the right to impose their perception of reality onto others in society.

The government derives its rights from ‘We the People”, and the constitution is clear on what rights are granted to the government. Overstepping the bounds set forth in our Constitution is a violation of the oath of office every elected official must take. And make no mistake it is not a suggestion but rather ‘the law’ and it is incumbent on those elected to take that oath seriously.

Was the lockdown an offense against our rights under the constitution? Or have our elected officers simply done what is necessary to protect our health & safety?

One must wonder what the man on the streets thinks of this whole potential fiasco. Most people, I believe, have a keen sense of the obvious and this abridgment of rights is clearly using the fear of a crisis, blown out of proportion, to take liberties from the people.

Some good seems to be emanating from the current state-of-affairs which has given rise and reason to question the expanding power of a Centralized Government. The founder’s intentions were to restrain and restrict the government from extending beyond the bounds of their separate powers.

The Lockdown: From the very outset it was common knowledge that only those over 65 were at risk. The Department of Labor says that only 13 % of the workforce of 165 million are 65 and older. So, one must ask, why wouldn’t the government minimize the effect on the economy by allowing 87% to continue business as usual. It would appear there was NO compelling reason to quarantine everyone. So, was it a political ploy for a devious plan to manipulate the people and its economy?

This is only one example of the excess power of our National Government.

Convention of States, under Article V of the constitution, is gaining legs in a movement to push back against the overreach of government in a few specific areas of concern.

Shakespeare wrote in Act III Scene II of Hamlet, “To be, or not to be, that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or, to take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing, end them…”.

It is for us, the people of America, to reign in the excesses of our government and ask that they agree to abide by the Constitution and not change it by policy.

Every patriotic American needs to learn about the Convention of States and I’m sure they will want to join in and support the movement to use the Constitution to preserve and protect that essential foundation of our very existence – Our Constitution.

Submitted by Joe Mavilia who is a syndicated columnist with more than 35 years in the automotive industry. He is a member of the Motor Press Guild and Automotive Press Association. His reviews have been published in print media including the Los Angeles Times, The Golden Transcript – Colorado, La Feria News – Texas, The Pasadena Weekly – California, and others around the country, including www.theweekenddrive.com where he is the West Coast Editor. He is also a friend of the Caprock Patriot.

 

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