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‘Social justice’ degrades our constitutional rights

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Over the past 79 years, I have observed that the more socialism is “successful,” the more it destroys its economic base. Unfortunately, it is the people who die for socialism’s cockamamie theories about equality that do the suffering. The political class, the bureaucracy and the state-sanctioned oligarchs are (of course) the last to suffer the consequences of their folly.

In their headlong rush to convert our Republic to a parliamentary-style government that takes power from the people and concentrates it in the legislative body, so-called progressives, or socialists, are substantially destroying the U.S. Constitution by breaking down its separation of powers and checks against the abuse of state power. This is a breakdown that inevitably leads to the elimination of individual rights and the supremacy of the political class and privileged elites.

Progressives believe that the Constitution as written is antiquated and needs to be replaced by a “living” Constitution that makes the rights of the individual subservient to the needs of communal social justice, income redistribution and relative law. If the progressive agenda is to be successful, individual property rights must be destroyed and replaced by need-based redistribution. Progressives will determine how to provide equal distribution of goods and services to all regardless of ability, capability or willingness to work. The elites, of course, are exempt.

For example, a recent progressive constitutional destruct is the presumption of innocence, rooted in due process, which was unquestionably under attack during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh.

In the case of Justice Kavanaugh, he was deemed guilty, without evidence or corroboration, because progressives must believe accusations on their face based on the accuser’s gender. Thus, Justice Kavanaugh was declared guilty because a woman lodged an uncorroborated charge. No presumption of innocence, no due process, only social “justice” by the mob.

Progressive activists are not only willing to throw the U.S. Constitution under the bus, but are giddily willing to cancel out Roman Law, Islamic Law, Catholic Canon Law, British Common Law, and the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 11), all of which embrace the presumption of innocence; one of the pillars of all law for over 2,000 years.

Progressives in Maine need to take a good look at the slippery slope of socialism down which they are sliding. Instead of buying votes with other people’s money, they should be striving for improvements in the economy and to protect our individual rights.

About John MacGregor

John "Jock" MacGregor is a student of history and politics, a pursuit he has enjoyed for most of his 79 years. Jock attended Villanova University’s School of Education; served in the U.S. Marine Corps; and is an entrepreneur with enterprises in restaurants, construction and boatbuilding. Mr. MacGregor was managing editor of an online news site in Hot Springs Arkansas. Currently, Jock comments on the role of government in society. Jock believes in a constitutionally limited government, instituted by the people, to protect their rights to life, liberty and property.

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