I've been a member of LiveJournal for a number of years, but lately it seems like I just don't get the comments I used to - either I get spam messages I filter out, or just nothing at all. What I am wondering is if I should continue posting my work here, or if I should close out my LiveJournal - perhaps moving to a WordPress site or some other arrangement to showcase select portions of my works.
The use of executive orders to bypass or curtail the Constitution by the President of the United States should be repulsed by all legal measures necessary, as it represents the very definition of dictatorial rule. Failing that, any president who chooses to bypass the will of the people to make his or her desire the law of this land should face impeachment AND imprisonment for violating their oath of office as well seeking to act as an agent against the people of the United States. We have separate branches of government for a reason, so that we make decisions about the future of this nation together - and that those decisions are not mob rule. It isn't up to the president to decide what rules he or she will follow - and it is not up to the president to decide what rules he or she sees fit to become law without the voice of the people.
Some people would see this an opportunity against gun violence, and while his desires are currently focused on curtailing the rights of gun owners - there is no guarantee that once such measures are used; that other items will not follow. There has been talk of using Executive Order to balance the budget without Congress - while definitely breaking the partisan log-jam, would still clearly violate the powers given to the president. If Congress cannot do their jobs, then we as the people who elected them should replace them. If they do not earn their perk they are given, we the people should take them away. I don't speak of the force of violence, I speak of true dialog - the force of law and reason.
Be assured, in no uncertain language - if we, the people, stand by and do nothing when our ELECTED LEADER violates the oath of his office and the laws of this land as laid out by the Bill of Rights and the Constitution of the United States; it will only be a matter of time before we repeat history as seen elsewhere. Gone will be the days that we can speak our minds without fear of the government jailing us, the days of traveling where we wish when we wish will be a distant memory. The freedom to associate with who we wish about matters known only to us will be history. Instead of facing our accusers when we are charged with a crime, we will see secret courts issuing secret orders - those charged will simply disappear in the cover of night, never to be seen again. If the government feels us guilty, they will simply use all means to achieve our persecution. People won't be guilty of a crime so much as 'good for it' in the eyes of an ever-powerful force.
Countless lives have been sacrificed to prevent the realization of those horrors within our own boarders, but as long as we're willing to sacrifice the rights we don't personally use to FEEL safer, we are never more than a hop-step-slide into tyrannical rule.
In other news, I am trying to get up the creative steam to write more to WW - writing that chunk of an intro wore out my muse.