Due Process Delayed Is Due Process Denied by Robert Socha
On September 17th, we will celebrate our 235th year living under the United States Constitution! The Bill of Rights was adopted four years later, and 77 years afterward, the 14th Amendment provided equal protection under the law.
Shockingly, despite the protections afforded by rights defined therein, many people are denied their due process by continuing to be held in jail in Washington, D.C. We are over a year and one half removed from the events of January 6th, 2021, and there are still political prisoners[i]incarcerated! (This press conference[ii]has some great information.)
I read that Dr. Simone Gold, who started the organization America’s Frontline Doctors, is in the middle of a 60-day jail sentence[iii]for a misdemeanor criminal trespass charge. Sixty days! For what, exercising her constitutional right to petition her government for a redress of grievances? For what, entering a building, she has every right to enter, especially after officers seemingly welcome in by opening doors?
I also read that Proud Boys member, Joshua Pruitt, was just sentenced[iv]to 55 months of imprisonment because he encountered senator Chuck Schumer and his security detail in the Halls of Congress. I wonder if the women who confronted[v]Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, during the Kavanaugh hearings suffered similar fates.
Remember, dear reader, I was in Washington, D.C.[vi]on January 6th, 2021, with my then 15-year-old daughter. We did not go near the steps nor enter the Capitol building because a capital security guard warned us that Antifa had infiltrated and it was dangerous. So instead, we took refuge with a friend who invited us to spend the afternoon at the Department of Transportation. Unfortunately, the portrayal of the day’s events is continually perverse in its attempt to assassinate the character of those who believe that the 2020 election was not above board. I am here to testify that we still want to be heard and see justice.
I do not want to see justice handled by this current DOJ because they persecute political enemies and allow “protesters” in line with George Floyd and anti-Trump hysteria to run roughshod over cities causing massive harm and billions of dollars in damage! Protesters in Portland evenfirebombed[vii]the courthouse. Although to be fair, there was an arrest in this case.
It is cruel and unusual to jail American citizens for over a year on misdemeanor trespass charges. Moreover, having those same inmates in solitary confinement with strict and egregious standards to see even their private counsel is cruel and unusual.
Where are the courageous lawmakers who will fight like Marjorie Taylor Greene to release the political prisoners? Where are the countless men and women exhausted by the posturing and willing to fight, argue for, and defend our rights, especially those of due process, speedy trial, and no cruel and unusual punishment? Where are the Julie Kelley’s[viii]fighting for the unjustly incarcerated?
We must remember the political subterfuge taking place in the halls of Congress and the White House. We must not be afraid or shrink back through the threat of political malfeasance and targeting, especially with 87,000 new agents bent on “enforcing” tax law. We must not allow the arrest of women like Dr. Gold and men like Mr. Pruitt to intimidate us into timidity and silence. Instead, we must continue the charge for election integrity, equal protection, and peaceful public protest.
We must continue to remind ourselves the Constitution is still the law of the land and fight for its protections. We should follow the example Peter wrote in 1 Peter 2:16[ix]and “Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” We should boldly and uncompromisingly speak the truth and defend our Rights and our neighbor’s Rights. We should not grow weary. Take heart, have hope; God’s grace is sufficient and makes a way where there seems to be no way!
About the Author
Robert Socha, BIO Robert Socha (so-ha), was born in southern California. He served 5 years 3 months active duty in the United States Air Force; honorably. After his service he took an Associate’s Degree in Practical Theology, where, through his studies, developed a deep love of God and Country and sincere appreciation of the value of Liberty. Robert and his beloved wife of 21-plus years are raising 4 beautiful Texan children. They moved to Hillsdale, Michigan, in 2013, to put their children in Hillsdale Academy. Robert is a sales professional. He and his wife consider Michigan a hidden gem, and absolutely love this city and state (current political environment notwithstanding) they’ve adopted.