Showing posts with label Jamie Raskin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jamie Raskin. Show all posts

Thursday, January 07, 2021

A review of the "Sedition Act of 1798" in context

 Signed into law by Adams on July 14, the law proved immensely unpopular with the public and the President lost re-election to Thomas Jefferson in 1800. Under the incoming Republican administration, the Sedition Act eventually expired on March 3, 1801; however, arguments made for and against it shaped subsequent debate about constitutional protections of free speech.

In 1798, In an era when newspapers served as political parties' chief organs, the Republican press was particularly vicious in its attacks on Federalists and the Adams administration. “Liberty of the press and of opinion is calculated to destroy all confidence between man and man,” noted one of the bill’s supporters, John Allen of Connecticut. “It leads to the dissolution of every bond of union.” Republicans defended the First Amendment protecting free speech and press.

2021, decades after technological era, newspapers is still there but social media and the the cable/tv media has been weaponized in the disenfranchised  of the democratic principles of the greatest, most powerful nation in the world. It further got syndicated with conspiracy theories and innuendos with no facts. January 6 will be written as another continuance of 1798 In one of the first tests of freedom of speech, the House passed the Sedition Act, permitting the deportation, fine, or imprisonment of anyone deemed a threat or publishing “false, scandalous, or malicious writing” against the government of the United States.

Although it's commendable that Facebook and Twitter has suspended the account of the motivator, the question lies on what happens next. The 5th Congress (1797–1799), narrowly divided between the majority Federalists and minority Jeffersonian Republicans, voted 44 to 41 in favor of the Senate-passed bill. Federalists championed the legislation fearing impending war with France and out of the desire to hold the majority in Congress and to retain the White House, then occupied by Federalist John Adams.

The impossible long way of the talked about 25th Amendment requires  two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.

Oct 12, 2020 — Jamie Raskin, D-Md., Pelosi wants legislation that would create a future ... The Constitution's 25th Amendment, ratified in 1967, governs ..the risk that loyalty to the president could override necessary action, Goldstein said. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., unveiled a bill Oct. 9 to establish a commission that could be tasked with determining if a president is no longer fit for office.

Many in Congress at the time of the amendment’s writing if ever had misgivings about the idea of a medical commission, Goldstein said. They thought a decision involving the Cabinet would carry more legitimacy, and they worried an independent body could be used to harass the president.

“Congress has a constitutional duty under the 25th Amendment to define the process by which a judgment of presidential incapacity can be made if circumstances render such a judgment necessary, in this administration or any other,” Raskin explained two years ago, when he observed that getting clarity with regard to the amendment was of “pressing and enduring importance to the security of our nation.” in 2018.

The only thing this 25th Amendment is again on discussion has many meanings to many people. The fact is American democracy was attack and is very volatile. It's now Jan. 7 and the Presidential elections has now been certified by Congress. What happens now between January 7 to the inauguration in January 20.

President Trump was impeached on December 18, 2019 on two articles—abuse of power and obstruction of justice. January 6, 2021 he incited an insurrection, this is his legacy when the history books are written about the 45th President of the United States,

1997 to 2023 APEC's strategies then and now in terms of cooperation

 During the APEC Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Fourth Ministerial Meeting (Ottawa, Canada, Sept 18-19, 1997) where about 32 of us youth ...