Andy Craig for Congress: Gwen Moore and Donald Trump’s Attack on Due Process and Civil Liberties

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CONTACT: Andy Craig for Congress
Friday, June 17, 2016
(870) 329-7217 andy.craig@lpwi.org

Statement on Gwen Moore and Donald Trump’s Attack on Due Process and Civil Liberties

Andy Craig, Libertarian candidate for Congress in Wisconsin’s 4th Congressional District, issued the following statement in response to Gwen Moore’s actions over the past few days:

“Gwen Moore has joined forces with Donald Trump to attack one of the fundamental principles of the Constitution: due process of law under the 5th Amendment. Using a tragedy to advance a cynical political stunt that undermines the Bill of Rights is shameful, and Milwaukee deserves better of its Representative.

“The No-Fly List and Terrorist Watch List are a civil liberties nightmare, with wrongful inclusions rampant, and no fair process to challenge one’s secret inclusion on this Orwellian, Kafkaesque blacklist. These secret blacklists are also heavily skewed against Muslims, Latinos, and African Americans. Gwen Moore knows that, but has chosen to grandstand anyway with fear-mongering about ‘suspected terrorists’ straight out of Karl Rove’s playbook.

“Milwaukee’s supposed progressive now stands in agreement with Trump in an attack on the civil rights of minorities and the civil liberties of us all. As the Libertarian candidate, I’m proud to side with the ACLU on this issue, in defense of due process of law and the Bill of Rights, and against the noxious alliance of authoritarians on both the right and left.

“Furthermore, as the tragedy in Orlando demonstrated, this sort of proposal would do nothing to prevent acts of terror. Omar Mateen had not only passed a background check, and wasn’t on any watch list, he had also passed a psychiatric evaluation to be licensed as an armed security guard. This shows the fatal conceit of thinking we can somehow create a standardized test for ‘bad guys’ that will predict future actions.

“Gwen Moore should instead be addressing the real causes of the gun violence that plagues her district. Milwaukee has been devastated by the failed policies of drug prohibition and mass incarceration, including the laws that fuel and fund the gang-related gun violence she claims to care about. By ignoring the real issues, Gwen Moore has shown that she prioritizes political stunts over both the interests of her constituents, and the Constitution of the United States.”

18 thoughts on “Andy Craig for Congress: Gwen Moore and Donald Trump’s Attack on Due Process and Civil Liberties

  1. Darcy G Richardson

    That’s a really good press release — arguably one of the most profound and thoughtful statements issued by any congressional candidate in the aftermath of the horrific massacre in Orlando.

  2. robert capozzi

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    Only wonder whether “Orwellian, Kafkaesque” are widely recognized at this stage of the game.

    Also, “fatal conceit” — a term the great Hayek used — might seem a bit off in the context it was used. I suspect AC needed to elaborate a bit more on the thought here.

  3. Tony From Long Island

    As much as many here know how passionate I am about the need for more gun regulation, I am also troubled by government “lists” with little to no (or unfair) Due Process. This is another issue I know personally.

    The solution is to ban military-style firearms to civilians. No Constitutional Amendment is absolute and the 2nd should be no different.

    As for “mass incarceration,” while this is also an issue that needs to be addressed, as a person who was incarcerated for over 12 years, I can tell you that our prisons are NOT filled with non-violent drug offenders.

    However, there are points I agree with from this press release and it was well-written.

  4. NewFederalist

    “The solution is to ban military-style firearms to civilians.” – Tony From Long Island

    That could be construed as any firearm. The military uses just about everything including shotguns.

  5. langa

    The solution is to ban military-style firearms to civilians.

    I have a better solution. Why not simply ban murder instead?

  6. Andy

    The government has no legal authority to ban any guns. Military style assault rifles need to be in the hands of regular people so we have the ability to revolt and overthrow the government.

  7. Tony From Long Island

    Yeah, and I was disappointed. He’s losing my vote. Love him except for that issue. He is usually a rational libertarian and not a Party-Line- Rigid ideologue.

  8. Tony From Long Island

    Have a good weekend everyone. Even you Andy. Make sure your tin-foil hat doesn’t malfunction!

    I’ll be back Monday to infuriate you with more gun regulation rhetoric!

  9. Andy

    “Promote the general welfare” in no way gives the government legal authority to ban any guns.

    A big part of the reason for the success of the American Revolution is that the colonists who revolted had the same weapons as the government (as in the British military) that they were revolting against.

    Today’s government control freaks know that we (as in the regular people) greatly outnumber them, and that if enough of us got pissed off enough that we could still overthrow them, and there’d be nothing that they could do to stop us, because there are a lot more of us than there are thug enforcers. This scares the shit out of the control freaks who run the government, which is why they are pushing all of this gun control crap while at the same time stockpiling more and more weapons for their thug enforcers and creating a big domestic spy grid.

  10. NewFederalist

    “He’s losing my vote.” – Tony From Long Island

    Aren’t you lucky that you still can vote! That didn’t used to be the case with convicted felons. You probably still can’t legally own a firearm which makes it really easy for you to trash the 2nd Amendment.

  11. Jim

    All of the statements I’ve seen from candidates about the No Fly / No Buy List don’t quite hit the mark, although this one comes pretty close. Too bad about including specific references to Muslims, Latinos, and African Americans. We’re all Americans. And forget wrongful inclusions. Everyone on the list is wrongly included. The language I would like to see is “the government is effectively creating a group of second class citizens who are having their rights restricted without ever having been convicted of a crime.”

    But, at least it looks like they’re finally talking about creating an appeal processes. Maybe it will even get done. I know a (white, Christian, with a traditionally northern European last name) woman who was put on the No Fly List because she bought a plane in New York and the deal closed on September 12, 2001.

  12. Tony From Long Island

    “He’s losing my vote.” – Tony From Long Island

    Aren’t you lucky that you still can vote! That didn’t used to be the case with convicted felons. You probably still can’t legally own a firearm which makes it really easy for you to trash the 2nd Amendment.

    I wouldn’t own a firearm if it were given to me free!!!!!!!!

    As for voting – most states allow felon voting once the full sentence is served.

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