Speaker Paul Ryan will allow Democrats’ anti-due process legislation to proceed

Democrats for weeks have been pushing to end due process since the tragic shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. This represents a stunning new low for even Democrats opposed to the Constitution. To this point, it’s been a clear attack on the Second Amendment, but now the Fifth Amendment is under fire. It even got to a point where House Democrats sat in the middle of the House chamber floor armed with Periscope apps on their smartphones kicking and screaming until they got their way.

At the time, Speaker Paul Ryan stood his ground.


But like with any other time when Republican leadership, including Speaker Ryan, stands their ground, there comes a point where they completely capitulate to the Democrats. This battle for the Fifth Amendment has become another instance on the list.

A number of Republicans have voiced concerns about suspected terrorists being stripped of constitutional rights, because deprivation of due process without an actual conviction is a dangerous precedent. At the same time, a number of Republicans had been working to cave to the Democrats’ fearmongering.


Among those pushing the liberal agenda against the Constitution was United States Senator Susan Collins, who presented a compromise measure that would still push the Democratic agenda against due process while pretending to address the concerns of due process supporters. It would still ban anyone on a watchlist from purchasing a gun, but people could appeal to regain their innocence after being assumed guilty.

Senator Collins and anti-due process ally Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid have won.

According to sources, the House will be voting on a counterterrorism package after it returns from recess next week. Among the proposals in this package is a provision to stop suspected terrorists from purchasing a gun.

On a conference call with Republicans, Speaker Ryan reportedly said it was common sense to stop suspected terrorists from being able to buy a gun. It’s common sense to block people not convicted of a crime from access to constitutional rights in the United States of America?

At the same time, Speaker Ryan reportedly stated he wanted to protect people who are mistakenly added to a terrorist watch list.

That’s not how it works. Depriving constitutional rights of those added to a watchlist without due process of law while wanting to protect those who were mistakenly added is trying to have it both ways. People will mistakenly be added and for this reason, due process exists. If someone is guilty of a crime and should not have a gun, we have a legal system to prevent them from doing so.

What is Speaker Ryan’s problem with due process?

The partisan divide in a lot of ways is overstated in Washington D.C. The fight against due process is showing just how close the two parties are. Democrats made a push to treat people not convicted of a crime like criminals, and the Republicans slowly caved, starting with Senator Susan Collins pushing back with the support of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. Speaker Ryan shows us why he should never had been trusted.

Chris Dixon is a liberty activist and writer from Maine. In addition to being Managing Editor for the Liberty Conservative, he also writes the Bangor Daily News blog "Undercover Porcupine" and for sports website Cleatgeeks.

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