By Jon Dougherty
During the founding of our country, there were many arguments and battles between federalists — those who wanted a strong central government — and anti-Federalists, who wanted states and local governments to retain more power and independence while the central government’s powers were weak and defined.
They rightly feared that someday Americans could elect presidents and even congresses that would usurp power from the states and from the people.
In other words, the anti-Federalists saw politicians like Barack Obama and a woman who wants to follow in his footsteps, Kamala Harris, coming.
The longer she campaigns the more it becomes obvious that Sen. Harris (D-Calif.), a former state attorney general, would seek toÂ rule American, not helpÂ govern it, as evidenced by some of her most recent proposals.
Earlier, Harris said she would give Congress 100 days to pass ‘sensible gun legislation’ that, of course, includes bans on entire classes of semi-automatic rifles (“assault” weapons), high capacity magazines, and so-called “red flag” laws that deprive Americans of their basic legal (and constitutional) right to due process.
Barring that, Harris said she would implement many of those policies from the White House, as a dictator would (and she accuses POTUS Trump of being an authoritarian!).
At a CNN-sponsored town hall in Iowa in January, Harris told her audience that in â€œcivil society,â€ thereâ€™s no reason for any American to own a so-called â€œassault weapon.â€
â€œWe have got to have smart gun safety laws in this country, and weâ€™ve got to stop buying this false choice. You can be in favor of the Second Amendment and also understand that there is no reason in a civil society that we have assault weapons around communities that can kill babies and police officers,â€ Harris said.
No, of course not. Babies should be killed in the womb or, if need be,Â right after they’re born, right?
During a ‘town hall-style’ meeting broadcast on the little-watchedÂ MSNBC network, Harris said she would require –Â require — states to subject any new restrictive abortion laws to her ‘approval’ viaÂ her Justice Department.
“I think it’s very clear, and it has not changed, that women’s ability to have access to reproductive health is under attack in America. It’s under attack,” Harris said of the Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court in 1973 legalizing abortion in all 50 states.
“And what we have seen from Alabama to Georgia â€“ you could go to a variety of states â€“ legislatures, state legislatures, are fundamentally attacking a women’s right to make decisions about her own body.”
Harris asked if, with these pro-life laws, if women in America would go back to having “back alley abortions.”
“Women died before we hadÂ Roe v. WadeÂ in place,” she said. “On this issue, I’m kind of done.”
“There are states that keep passing these laws, so, when elected, I am going to put in place and require that states that have a history of passing legislation that is designed to prevent or limit a women’s access to reproductive health care, that those laws have to come before my Department of Justice for a review and approval and, until we determine that they are constitutional, they will not take effect,” Harris said.
Whoa. Back off, Madame Stalin.
She even got pushback fromÂ MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell, not at all known for being some ‘right-wing extremist.’ That caught her off-guard, clearly, so she made sure to insert a little congressional procedure in to temper her authoritarian tendencies.
“You know, everything that we need to do is going to require 60 votes in the United States Senate, which is why I’d say to everyone 2020 is about the White House but 2020 is also about the United States Senate,” she told the audience.
Sen. Harris: "I am going to put in place and require that states that have a history of passing legislation that is designed to … limit a women's access to reproductive health care, that those laws have to come before my Department of Justice for a review and approval." pic.twitter.com/Fi3bVbk0La
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 29, 2019
In moments when they are sort of feeling their oats and talking freely, Democrats always reveal that the American Left, not the American Right, are the true authoritarian wannabes.
We don’t think Harris will win her party’s nomination, but we could see her as the eventual nominee’s running mate — which puts her in line for the presidency if they win.
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