The House Republican leadership has scheduled a floor vote on Thursday on a Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act that, if enacted, would strip constitutional rights from Americans prosecuted by Indian tribes for alleged acts of domestic violence. The bill was sponsored by Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, and opposed by the conservative bloc in the Republican Senate Conference--as well as by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senate conservatives Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee
Comments: What on earth is wrong with these people?? Why would they do something like this? I´m really starting to wonder about Eric Cantor. With all the critical issues we are facing right now this sure doesn´t seem like the appropriate time to do something like this.
The rights guaranteed by the Constitution are under enough attacks. This makes the problem worse. Once a person is stripped of US citizenship they may be beyond the legal Pale of protections and may be dealt with in any way by "the authorities". I have recently read that there is at least one secret British Court which strips British citizens of their citizenship, after which some have been murdered in drone attacks. Declaring a person to be a non-citizens makes them "stateless persons" so they can be disposed of at will.
Makes no sense at all. You can´t repeal the Constitution or protections under the Constitution with an act of the legislature - you have to amend the Constitution. And there´s nothing in the Constitution that allows us to take away constitutional protections for trial by tribes. They can´t deny due process any more than they could say the First Amendment doesn´t apply on an Indian reservation. This is silly and stupid.
I´d say this will never stand once it gets to SCOTUS, but John Roberts destroyed my faith in their doing anything right ever again. Where on earth did this travesty of a bill originate? And why? Seriously?!?!? A NON-Native American could be prosecuted and found guilty and have no access to Constitutional rights?!?!? What in HADES are these morons (the GOP) thinking?!?!?
Allow me to offer an example that shows the problem. If you are driving on the NYS thruway between the Pa border and Buffalo, you will see signs claiming that you are in native american territory, under the jurisdiction of the tribe. And let´s say you exit the thruway, and go into an indian gas station, and are accused of some sort of violence against the clerk at that gas station. You would be under the jurisdiction of the local indians.
#9, that´s not true. Although I don´t think it´s a very good bill, it only applies to "domestic violence", so you are only going to get tried for beating up the convenience store clerk if you move in with her.
Lesson to the wise: stay away from the Res and leave dem red wimmin´s alone.
It`s going to pass #3. Once again the GOP acts in the best interest of the federal bureaucracy. We are screwed as a nation. It is truly over. Before these jokers are finished with us, we will have no rights at all.
Next up, strip gun right, then pass global warming. In 2014 the dems will push raising the minimum wage yet again just in time for the 2014 midterm election, thus putting the GOP in a political position of `harming women and children` by not increasing the minimum wage.
second post apologies, but, #10, domestic violence would be defined by the tribe, since they have jurisdiction. And the same thing could happen at one of those indian casinos in nys, which are allowed to operate because they are located on indian territory. And if you drive I 81 south of syracuse, ny, you will see exit signs for the onondaga nation! Same deal.
Levin talked about this in detail this week. This legislation would elevate bad language to the level of an assault. And once convicted, you cannot own firearms any longer. Oh, and it allows foreigners to claim a need for asylum. There´s nothing good about this bill, and they wrap it up in a fake name as a way to bully people into voting for it. Politics is the filthiest business in world, and politicians the biggest whores and pimps.
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