Editor: Threats to our civil rights are constant when living in a free country. Our Bill of Rights, 1st through 10th, and even the 14th Amendment are under attack by authoritarians in their thirst for total control over We the People.
This election season, it is our 5th Amendment Due Process protections which Loudoun Democrats have zeroed their sights on for elimination.
Due Process protections guarantee every Virginian not be deprived of life, liberty, or property without being formally accused of a crime, and to be heard before government acts to deprive you of your freedoms. It ensures laws shall not be unreasonable, arbitrary, and all legal proceedings are fair. Virginia’s Constitution is equally clear on this issue.
Yet, every Loudoun Democrat Party candidate supports a so-called red flag law.
These dystopian measures encourage disgruntled employees, crappy neighbors, bitter ex-lovers, or anyone else, to accuse you of … something. Then, unknown to you, law enforcement shows up at 6 a.m. to confiscate your firearms. No hearing, no reason, and you’re never charged with crime. Consider it a weird legal purgatory, if you survive the raid—a terrifying prospect for anyone who cherishes civil rights.
The burden of proof is then turned upside down, as you would have to hire a lawyer and enter into costly legal proceedings to clear your name and recover your property.
Red flag laws are the vector to oppressive government and mob harassment.
Every Loudoun Democrat party candidate is pushing this control freak agenda. Every single one.
To be sure, there are those who believe “sticking it” to firearm owners is fine. But why stop there? Why not go after people with different ideas, read different books, speak in different ways, question the establishment, or hold diverse opinions? Is this the Loudoun we want to live in—Government encouraging neighbors, friends, family and co-workers to ‘report’ you for expressing who you are? It’s not a matter of if, it’s when, you will be the one accused anonymously, and the legal burden is on you to prove otherwise.
This is what Loudoun Democrats want. Ask them.
Once Due Process is eliminated for a few, it is eliminated for us all. This isn’t a slippery slope; it’s a 10,000-foot free fall onto the rocks of Stasi-like despotism.
Reject any person, any party, any government, who gleefully desires to deprive you of your civil liberties.
Chris Manthos, Leesburg