Due Process: Holder vs Colbert. Art or Reality. Choose.

Re-posted from last year is Dan Becker’s post:

Due Process: Holder vs Colbert. Art or Reality. Choose.
This is the object:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury,… nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law;

It’s all one sentence. Any questions?

This is Art:

The lyrics of Grand Funk Railroad’s Paranoid

Did you ever have that feeling in your life

That someone was watching you?

You don’t have no reason that’s right

But still he’s there watching you

Someone is waiting just outside the door

To take you away

Everybody knows just what he’s there for

To take you away

vs the lyrics of Red Rider’s Lunatic Fringe

Lunatic Fringe – in the twilight’s last gleaming

This is open season, but you won’t get too far

‘Cause you got to blame someone for your own confusion

We’re all on guard this time against the Final Solution

all on guard this time

This is the reality. 44% of our wealth is due to rule of law.

World Bank study on wealth in 2005 stated:

Worldwide, the study finds, “natural capital accounts for 5 percent of total wealth, produced capital for 18 percent, and intangible capital 77 percent.” “Rich countries are largely rich because of the skills of their populations and the quality of the institutions supporting economic activity,” the study concludes. According to Hamilton’s figures, the rule of law explains 57 percent of countries’ intangible capital. Education accounts for 36 percent.”

Rule of law equates to trust.

A nation can not generate $14 trillion per year if there is general suspicion throughout society.

“Trust” seems to be the real intangible the report is talking about. We as a whole can be educated to the hilt, but if we can’t trust that our efforts will be put to constructive use, we have problems. Think habeas corpus, FISA, election fraud, threatening of the press, intimidation of speech, extension of free speech to none human entities, the equating of one voice-one vote to spending of one’s money, K Street project, etc. Think of the use of fear. If only a few are educated to the hilt or have access to the governance, we can not build capital.

Daniel Becker 10/8/2007

Which is art, which is reality?

Due process and judicial process are not one in the same. The Constitution guarantees due process, it does not guarantee judicial process. Erik Holder 3/5/12*

Due process just means there is a process that you do. Steven Colbert 3/6/12*

Which is art, which is reality?

In response to the act perpetrated…Congress has authorized the President to use all necessary and appropriate force against those groups. Because the United States is in an armed conflict… Eric Holder 3/5/12*

We’re at war with Terror. Therefore, the President can blow up any American citizen he chooses until we win the war by defeating the idea of being afraid. Steven Colbert, 3/6/12.*

Is this art or reality?

Due process developed from clause 39 of the Magna Carta in England.

In clause 39 of the Magna Carta, John of England promised as follows: “No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by the law of the land.”

It appears in this War on Terror, England is not the only nation learning from another regarding how to“fix” the war. We too have obviously learned from England regarding war management. We have learned how to manifest the feeling of “it’s only a piece of paper” (though not true that Bush 2 made such a statement regarding the Constitution which makes Obama et al’s position all the more surreal).

As the U.S. Supreme Court has explained, a due process requirement in Britain was not “essential to the idea of due process of law in the prosecution and punishment of crimes, but was only mentioned as an example and illustration of due process of law as it actually existed in cases in which it was customarily used.”[11]

I can see how England’s approach to war fixing is a much better solution if your goal is to conflate art and reality. There is no need to be clandestine. Did you notice the closeness of the USA and England on the trust graph?

Which will you choose? Art or Reality? Are you sure which one is which? Be careful, it’s your economic future that is at stake.

*Watch Steven’s take on this.

Tags: AG investigations, equality, income equality, reality, rule of law, wealth creation, world bank