Montana State lawmaker, Representative Rodney Garcia of Billings, was not sanctioned and will not resign after “asserting the U.S. Constitution allows socialists to be jailed or shot.” (Source)
He’s partially correct. Socialists engaged in active rebellion or insurrection, or even assists such by “giving aid or comfort thereto,” can indeed be fined, jailed, and if they pose any credible threat to life or limb, they can indeed be shot:
Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.
Alexandria Occasio-Cortez, you and Bernie Sanders should become intimately familiar with §?2383 BEFORE either of set about to “reform” our government from within, as that would make you a “domestic enemy.”
As a die-hard Constitutionalist who’s read through the Constitution for the United States of America more than 500 times and portions of it well over a thousand, I can state, definitively, that the Constitution grants ZERO authority to anyone to shoot anyone else without reason.
HOWEVER, as “A well regulated Militia (armed general populace” is “necessary to the security of a free State,” and “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,” the implication is clear that our Founding Fathers did not mean for rifles and pistols to be used as clubs — else they would have said “clubs” — but rather, for their intended purpose of firing a projectile capable of stopping “enemies foreign and domestic.”
Socialism in and of itself is not treason, but it remains the deadliest (180,000,000+ dead) form of government after the totalitarian regimes established under Islam (230,000,000+ dead).
As such, socialism is most certainly indeed a clear and present danger to the United States of America, which is a Republic: “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government” – Article IV Section 4, U.S. Constitution
Our Founding Fathers considered AND REJECTED socialism, along with democracy, communism, oligarchy, and many other forms of governments as substantial literature on the subject had been amassed by that time from the previous three thousand years of human existence, and it was clear: Democracies devolve into either socialism, then anarchy, or straight into anarchy, whereas republics, based as they are on a foundation comprised of the written rule of law, tend to fare well long after democracies have crumbled.
Indeed, in this modern era where access to information is abundant, 136 countries out of 196 — 70% — have transitioned to republics, ranging from 1581 to 2008. Only four have ceased to be republics, four having reestablished their monarchies (England, Netherlands, Spain and Cambodia. Spain claims it’s a “democracy,” but in fact, it’s a “unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy.”
FYI, Wikipedia likes to embellish forms of government. For example, it lists the U.S. as a “federal presidential constitutional republic.”
At that, Nancy Pelosi is spinning because her title is nowhere to be found, ergo, she’s really not equal to the President, now, is she?
Getting back to the use of force: It’s always authorized in the face of imminent threat to life, as our Republic recognizes: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” If someone who has no lawful authority threaten your life, the vast majority of states authorize you to use whatever force is necessary to stop the threat.
Commensurate with that, and recognizing the dangers inherent in socialism, along with the fact it is wholly incompatible with Our Republic, local, county, state and federal governments are empowered to protect our Republican form of government” from hostile takeover, up to and including the use of deadly force as per the REST of Article IV Section 4:
The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened), against domestic Violence.”
Thus, if socialism rears its ugly head in a hostile takeover, all a governor need do is say, “Hello? Mr. President? A little help, please,” and the President is authorized to mobilize the National Guard to help quell the insurrection/rebellion.
Obviously, Pelosi would have a fit with that, as well. But she should if it happens when Congress is in session. When it’s not, the President is Constitutionally authorized to protect individual states against invasion as well as domestic violence.