Illinois (ECWd) –
While courts are issuing orders across the country pointing out Executive Orders are violating people’s Constitutional Rights, the question now becomes where is the US Department of Justice.
Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to be a lawyer to read and comprehend the laws of our land. Nor do you have to be a lawyer to grasp the dangers of people’s Constitutional Rights being trampled due to fear of an unknown as we are seeing right now.
Section 242 of Title 18 makes it a crime for a person acting under color of any law to willfully deprive a person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States.
“For the purpose of Section 242, acts under “color of law” include acts not only done by federal, state, or local officials within their lawful authority but also acts done beyond the bounds of that official’s lawful authority, if the acts are done while the official is purporting to or pretending to act in the performance of his/her official duties. Persons acting under color of law within the meaning of this statute include police officers, prison guards, and other law enforcement officials, as well as judges, care providers in public health facilities, and others who are acting as public officials. It is not necessary that the crime be motivated by animus toward the race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin of the victim.”
“The offense is punishable by a range of imprisonment up to a life term, or the death penalty, depending upon the circumstances of the crime, and the resulting injury, if any.”
Let this fact sink in and remember it every time you hear another Judge declare that the Government violated a person’s Constitutional rights with the Executive Orders being issued during this current pandemic, which is not the first this country has seen, but possibly the worst as it relates to the trampling of people’s rights.
We pray that the Department of Justice stands up to defend those who have been violated and actually prosecute the bad actors. Without such action, the public trust will continue to dwindle in this great Country called the United States of America.
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HTPosted at 12:02h, 06 May
Great to know, and I applaud your effort in bringing this fact forward, but I don’t think praying will work in this case. Even the Chicago Archdiocese and almost all churches of all denominations are so afraid of these tyrants and are staying completely docile and silent.
Anyone know of an actionable method regular citizens can exercise to expedite this fight? It’s getting to the point where these statists can basically mumble anything and the media will simply repeat loudly so as to make these orders the laws of the land.
The KJU lookalike that is the governor here has just indicated that for example, health clubs can only hold outdoor classes and private 1-1 training sessions only. In what elite world is he from that such an approach is workable for health club owners and members?
This is getting insane maddening!
Again, what is an actionable mean to exercise out Constitutional rights?
SarahPosted at 12:22h, 06 May
Don’t confuse man’s church with God’s church, maybe? That said, I am a firm believer in “God helps those who help themselves.” So basically prayer without action is a bit meaningless.
And yeah…. we seem to be between a rock and a hard place as a society. People are so polarized, unable to think for themselves, fearful, lazy, and looking for someone else to solve their problems. The media and anyone with the tiniest bit of authority seem intent on exploiting the situation for political or monetary gain. I think we are in pretty uncharted waters here as a nation (maybe as a planet).
That said, nothing is going to happen until people do get angry enough to do something. The problem is if people get too angry there will be violence. So, it is our responsibility as citizens to set an example and disobey (and yeah, that means some of us will get arrested and have to go to the mess that is the corrupt court system), but the more of us that disobey, the harder it will be to enforce and justify these dictates. So, don’t wear a mask, open your business if you have one, do whatever you can to look and be the way normal used to be, and also talk to people. I think you will find that most people are in fact sick of this but too afraid to be the first to stand up. Be the first and others will follow.
A. LincolnPosted at 12:46h, 06 May
Perfect example of what Kirk wrote in the article and what Sarah comments about just occurred in the Democratic People’s Republic of Dallas (DPRD).
HTPosted at 12:57h, 06 May
On an individual level, I already exercise my rights. It’s when I see others around me that are getting increasingly nervous and seem to think that these “rulers” know or care about our well-being, that I’m getting really worried.
What’s really sad and scary for me personally, is walking by a Catholic church in my neighborhood and see a large sign saying that all Masses are canceled and the doors are locked, while occasionally there are just a few faithfuls standing outside the church in silence. It’s scary because it reminds me what many churches looked like after the fall of South Vietnam when the commies came in and made that whole country a sh!thole. It still is. I lived through that hell and was blessed enough to have escaped w/ my family, and legally came to America. The potential to go through that again, especially in America, is worst than any diseases or viruses could ever be. People from such similar countries have risked death to come to America. So for people here who haven’t had such an experience, it seems harmless to simply comply with these nebulous orders. Even the reporting of your friends and neighbors for non-compliance is a very uniquely communist approach, and it all starts with perceived fear of your neighbors. Little by little, eventually there won’t be anything left or anyone left to fight back. Back in those old days, we could dream and plan the escape to America. But after America, What? Where?
Justice SeakerPosted at 12:11h, 06 May
If we actually had consequences in America anymore we would not have so many people breaking the law. There is no fear whatsoever by these power hungry officials of anything actually happening to them. They have friends in high places!
Gerard H SchillingPosted at 12:24h, 06 May
One way to have actionable results is to vote these bums out of office in Nov. Of course in our state it’s not who votes but who counts the votes and fills out absentee ballots. In DuPage county they still have not cleaned up the voter rolls.
Ernie eslingerPosted at 12:42h, 06 May
I guess I don’t understand why our governor has not been challenged and convicted of multiple counts of abuse of authority and mismanagement of responsibilities then. It appears to me that he has repeatedly ignored due process and overstepped home confinement orders.
Maria DavisPosted at 17:15h, 06 May
Whose gonna do it? His equally corrupt cronies? Who knows what payouts have been made for their compliance? Gotta keep reaching out to the Feds. I email Trump and Barr everyday.
tuskyouPosted at 19:47h, 06 May
Same here Maria. Pritzger won’t stop until we turn out in massive numbers . A few hundred people protesting won’t do it.
MagsPosted at 10:00h, 07 May
People need to contact their own State’s Attorney and tell them to do their job in hold Pritzker Responsible for following the laws and constitution of the State of Illinois and the US. They have the power to Indict him.
GW ONEPosted at 14:31h, 06 May
I’m glad Bill Barr will defend our Constitutional Rights. How sad is it when we can’t go to Church based upon an edict from the Pritzker gang? Has such an egregious restraint ever been imposed upon the religious community anywhere in American before now? I think not. I predict challenges to Pritzger that will swamp state and Federal Courts soon. Title 18, 242, must be enforced against an out control Governor.
mark misiorowskiPosted at 16:40h, 06 May
US DOJ attorneys most likely re-reading the recent decision from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court entitled Friends of DeVito v. Governor of Pennsylvania. US DOJ attorneys might also be digesting today’s order from the US Supreme Court refusing to hear the appeal.
Does this mean that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Ruling stands?
PKPosted at 10:29h, 07 May
With a backdrop for giving just recognition to the essential workforce, how does the Illinois legislature continue to NOT find a way to convene?