The refugee crisis that’s currently getting lots of attention in the media is really beginning to bother me, especially with the way they’re covering it all. With the recent events in France though, I really feel like some bad things may be coming down the road for us hear in the US, and I’d really love to avoid it, because I know it’s not going to go well.
Let’s first touch on France.
France had a series of attacks take place last Friday, and by now, you’ve heard of what happened. Now, in the aftermath, you probably know the following:
- The French government began bombing ISIS targets in the Syria – Iraq area’s it controls. President Hollande has vowed to be “”unforgiving with the barbarians” of the Islamic State after the carnage in Paris”.
- President Hollande ordered that the French borders be closed. Effectively, no one may enter, and NO ONE CAN LEAVE.
Now, for what you may not be aware of. The French Military has been dispatched to the streets of Paris. While you might not think that matters much, there are a few things that they have been allowed to do:
The state of emergency means French authorities can enter private homes and control the press, reported Fox News.
It is also the first time a curfew has been imposed since the dark days of world war two in 1944.
So, to recap: a curfew was instated, and the military was given the authority to enter people’s homes by force without a warrant, and control the press in what they report on. To the sane, thinking person, this should cause you to raise an eyebrow. Under our Constitution, the military and police are separate entities, and cannot mix and mingle together on things. But France doesn’t have our Constitution, and for them, the police state is beginning, masked under the guise of “security and safety”.
And speaking of Constitutions, what else is Hollande up to? Here’s what The Huffington Post reported from one of Hollande’s recent speeches:
During a rare trip to the Palace of Versailles Monday French President François Hollande called on lawmakers to change France’s constitution in order to better protect the country.
Hollande referred to article 36 of the charter as outdated, and asked that parliament change it to give the government greater power without needing to resort to a state of emergency.
“We are at war, this new kind of war demands a constitution that can manage a state in crisis,” he said.
He announced that he is submitting a proposal to extend the state of emergency by three months and asked parliament to vote on it before the end of the week.
Doesn’t that sound all nice and cushy? He wants to protect his people! But wait, what is Article 36 of the French Constitution? Here’s Wikipedia:
Article 36 of the Constitution is concerned with the state of siege (in French), which can be decreed by the President in the Council of Ministers for a period of twelve days which can only be extended with the approval of the Parliament. A state of siege may be declared in case of an “imminent peril resulting from a foreign war [guerre étrangère, or simply “war”] or an armed insurrection (une insurrection à main armée).
Military authorities may take police powers if they judge it necessary. Fundamental liberties may be restricted, such as the right of association, legalization of searches in private places day and night, the power to expel people who have been condemned for common law matters or people who do not have the right of residence in the territory, etc.
So what is this really? A power grab, in my opinion. Hollande wants changes to better ensure the security of France, but what does that mean even? That statement is vague, and too broad to pinpoint exactly what he means? The police state that’s already been induced, he wants extended for the next 3 months (till mid-February). Think about that. A 3-month long period of a somewhat martial law essentially, where the military runs the streets, since they’ve assumed the powers of the normal police.
I say to those who advocate a living Constitution, as they call it; what stops this from happening here with a living one that changes with the times? France seems to be on the way out with more freedoms now, and it’s not like Hollande is even a center-right or even far-right kind of guy. He is a major leftist, and supposedly the left likes preserving civil liberties? No, a living Constitution is a bad idea, and this is my example.
So, with France on the verge of gutting more freedoms from it’s Constitution, who knows, maybe all the fear-mongering that’s been going on in the US will draw us towards doing the same. Many are using this to attack the 2nd Amendment, and even Presidential candidate and part-time Senator Marco Rubio is using this to go after Rand Paul and Ted Cruz over NSA Reforms that took place earlier this year. Who knows what’s in store for us, but if we allow fear to get the better of us, it’ll be nothing good.