Letter To The Editor: Something To Consider…

By BRUCE BLEVINS 
LAHS Class of 1969
Albuquerque

Here is something to consider:

1. I am a United States citizen.
2. I have some ideas that are radical, and you would not like them. But you don’t know what they are and you have never talked to me about them.
3. I love my country and want the best for the people. But you and I have never discussed how I love my country.
4. I am a white male honkey.
5. Should I be deported? If so, to what country? Under what basis of law would you use?

1. There are at least 4 citizens in the House of Representatives.
2. They have some ideas that are radical, and you would not like them. But you don’t really know what they are, and, after all, these are just ideas covered under the first amendment.
3. They say they love our country and want the best for the people. But you have never discussed how they love our country and how or what they really think.
4. They all have perhaps slightly darker skin than you do.
5. Should they be deported? If so, to what country? Under what basis of law would you use?

Is it acceptable to use the rantings of a mob to determine what the authorities will do? Does deporting the second group of people violate the constitution? Why would it be acceptable to do so?

Another case: Some people think a private citizen violated the law. These people chant “lock her up” and other very poorly thought out potential actions. Suppose we learned that you habitually ran a certain stop sign in a school zone near your house. Would it be acceptable to lock you up without a trial? Do you support the rule of law? Do you accept the judgement of the Justice Department or do you question and oppose everything they do? What if a Democratic-dominated Justice Department decided that Trump should be in jail, no trial? Would you then think that is ok since they jailed others without trial? Do you understand fascism? Do you understand the arguments against summary judgement and execution? Do you understand why the US Justice System takes a long time to make a decision?

It seems to me that there are extensive rule books that are intended to govern just how we examine potential crimes and how we prosecute them. A certain fraction of the citizens appears to advocate that these rule books are interfering with the speed at which we go after these criminals and how fast we charge and prosecute them.

There has always been an undercurrent of this activity, even as I was growing up in Los Alamos the 50’s to the very end of the 60’s.

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