It turned out that the US Army, who still occupied the South eleven years after the end of the Civil War, had simply rounded up Negroes, marched them to the poles, and told them to go in and vote Republican. They then marched them to another poling place and told them to go in and vote Republican again – and again.
This display of the pernicious danger of allowing the Army to operate within the borders of the United States, precipitated the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878. The Posse Comitatus Act prohibits the use of federal forces for law enforcement within the United States. The Coast Guard is excepted from the Act, which is why you saw all those red Coast Guard helicopters over New Orleans after Katrina.
The confrontation between rioters and police in Ferguson Missouri two months ago brought to national attention a fact of which many of us have long been aware. The Obama administration is bypassing Posse Comitatus by militarizing the police through federally sponsored law enforcement educational programs and by arming the police with military weapons and equipment.
Nor is this assault on Constitutional republicanism confined to the executive branch of Washington. In the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, Senators John McCain and Carl Levin inserted authorization for the military detention without due process or Habeas Corpus of American citizens within the United States. In support of this legislation, Senator Lindsey Graham declared, "The homeland is part of the battlefield and people can be held without trial whether an American citizen or not."
I would direct the attention of Senators Graham, Levin, McCain and others to the Fifth Amendment to the pre-Constitution of 1787, which was ratified into law by the thirteen United States in 1791, and which the honorable Senators have sworn to uphold and defend.
"No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury , except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."
"No person shall be ... deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law ..." Although Section 1040B of the 2014 NDAA "restores" the right of Habeas Corpus, which means American citizens cannot be held indefinitely, the "restoration" of that right is not within the purview of the Congress of the United States. Nor was its revocation in the first place. This, and the freedom from detention without due process, are unalienable rights granted to all Americans under the Constitution, and they may not be revoked by Congress or by anyone else.
What we are witnessing is a concerted attack, involving both political parties and all three branches of the federal government, to destroy republicanism and the American republic, and to replace it with arbitrary rule by the elite aristocracy that today infests our nation's capital.
The foundation of the American republic and the underpinning of American republicanism is the Constitution of the United States, and we must violently resist its violation and adamantly oppose its modification. There are some who, in a misguided attempt to "improve" the Constitution, would open it up to amendment by its enemies by calling for an Article V Convention of States.
We would be far better served to preserve the Constitution as it stands. You want term limits? The Constitution already gives you the means to enforce term limits – The vote. Simply vote out of office any Senator who has served two terms and any Representative who has served four terms. You don't need a Constitutional convention to do that.
You want freedom from federal warrantless arrest and detention? The Constitution gives you the means to accomplish that objective. Simply pass a State law declaring that the FBI, the DHS, the Bureau of Land Management, federal marshals, et al have no legal jurisdiction in your State, and that while State and local law enforcement may, at their discretion, assist federal agencies, the final responsibility for the enforcement of the laws of your State rests with your State legislature, your Sheriffs, the police departments of your State, and your State Supreme Court.
The Constitution of the United States is the most nearly perfect recipe for domestic tranquility and social and economic progress ever devised by man. We dare not allow the bastards to take it away from us.