I am hearing more and more calls for Military Tribunals, and Martial law.
“It would allow Trump to call a new election” is the argument.
Well, no, it would not. We need to get accustomed to the idea that there won’t be another election in the 2020 presidential race. Good, bad, or otherwise, we had the election. Most states have certified. It’s time to come to terms with that.
I get it, people are mad, and they have good reason to be. Only someone with a tremendous ability to disregard facts can consider what passed for the 2020 election fair and objective. Depending on which poll you look at, about half the country believes it was not legitimate, and I would be one of them. Day after day I watch the scandalous hearings, see the mounting evidence and end up being more outraged by the level of fraud that is being described.
At this time, President Trump has several legal avenues he is parallel pathing to contest things. Most of them are viable and as of yet, unsettled. They need to be given time to play out. Having said that, it is a fact that none of these involve suspending the rights of state governments, and as free citizens, we should all be highly resistant to the idea of giving any right whatsoever away, especially given our recent history with the idea.
2020 is already the single most disastrous year in the American experience. State governors have arbitrarily taken our right to worship, our right to assemble (unless it’s for a cause they support) our right to work and make a living, and even the right to simply leave your home except in the case of emergencies. In an extreme example, Michigan actually prohibited you from buying garden seeds or American flags for a period of time. It is obscene. Even when courts decide they have overstepped their authority, governors double down. If you do not like that, you won’t like having the military tell you to stay inside, mind a curfew, and you really won’t like them suspending the fourth amendment.
The main difference between the United States and other countries is the assumption that every citizen is free. It is incumbent upon all of us to jealously guard this right. Freedom is elemental to our experience and any form of Martin law is in contravention of that. It’s one of the main reasons we left the British empire.
Thomas Paine put it best when he wrote “An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and misapply even the best of laws”.