It does not require submersion in our blog canon to understand how lightly we take the solemn precepts of our Constitution. This document, so revered by Legacy Americans, has been deployed as little more than pretext for turning them into footstools. Popular expressions of their own national interests are invariably found to be in conflict with emanations perceptable only from the perch of lifetime appointment. In contrast, the yearnings of outliers, aliens, and trough feeders always find a sympathetic ear within bashful penumbras.
Perhaps no element of the Constitution has provided a more a reliable expedient than the 14th Amendment. This “Reconstruction” (of which the confederacy still patiently awaits) Amendment was passed with no Southern participation except as an allowance for resumed congressional representation. Submit to our demand and we’ll let you vote yes on it. Just like Madison intended. Those Northern boys certainly knew how to manage a gunpoint marriage. And morality always agrees with which spouse holds the pistol.
And so the 14th was ratified all nice and pseudo legal-like. That included the Equal Protection Clause which stated…
No State shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
The point of which being to ensure that blacks would be granted equal legal treatment as whites. A status none would accept for its demotion today. It’s remarkable how quickly demands for equality segue to demands for submission.
And submission is the subtext of this legal atrocity. It being nothing less than a political imprisonment in Mississippi: America’s incipient Gulag Delta.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former University of Mississippi student who admitted helping place a noose on a statue of a civil rights activist is going to prison.
U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills sentenced Graeme Phillip Harris on Thursday to six months in prison beginning Jan. 4, followed by 12 months’ supervised release.
Harris pleaded guilty in June to a misdemeanor charge of using a threat of force to intimidate African-American students and employees, and prosecutors agreed to drop a felony charge.
“No one should have to endure threats or intimidation because of their race or the color of their skin,” Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta said in a written statement. Gupta leads the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.
Prosecutors say the Alpharetta, Georgia, resident and two other former students placed a noose and a former version of the Georgia state flag containing the Confederate battle emblem on the statue of James Meredith sometime before dawn on Feb. 16, 2014.
I previously wrote mockingly of the proceeding. This is a bit more serious. A young man is going to prison for draping string over a statue. Prison. There were no articulated threats. There was not even legal vandalism, as the statue was neither destroyed nor defaced. And every sculpter interviewed for the story forecasts a full recovery. There was nothing…but incarceration for unlegislated heresy. Graeme Harris finds himself a very unintentional political prisoner.
Though if mere implications found in the penumbras of lingering twine warrants imprisonment, what punishment would explicit racial defacement of public monuments produce? I presume state-sponsored electrocution wouldn’t be peremptorily excluded. Peruse the recent images below and recall the Civil Rights Division Director’s somber doctrine: “No one should have to endure threats or intimidation because of their race or the color of their skin.” Certainly not when those threats are communicated via statuary.
Obviously Ms. Gupta is now very busy indeed. Though just three questions come to mind.
How many of these crimes are under investigation by the Justice Department(sic)?
How many prison sentences are forthcoming?
How are you enjoying your Equal Protection?
Conservatives, just keep singing paeans to the constitution.