“One of these days, I’m going to cut you into little pieces” – Pink Floyd, “One Of These Days”
One of these days, we will reckon the fall of the Republic from a point that’s already in our past.
The Constitutional bounds of the federal government are violated daily. Thus it should not be deemed an unusual event – yet for a mere medical bureaucracy to proclaim itself above all law did strike me as somewhat out of the ordinary:
The CDC on Tuesday announced a new 60-day moratorium on evictions.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky acted independently and signed the order on Tuesday.
‘This moratorium is the right thing to do to keep people in their homes and out of congregate settings where COVID-19 spreads,’ Walensky said. ‘Such mass evictions and the attendant public health consequences would be very difficult to reverse.’
“This order will expire on October 3, 2021 and applies in United States counties experiencing substantial and high levels of community transmission levels of SARS-CoV-2,” according to a statement, which adds that the moratorium “allows additional time for rent relief to reach renters and to further increase vaccination rates.”
There are steep criminal penalties for landlords who break this order signed by Walensky.
- Potential $100,000 fine and 1 year in jail if eviction doesn’t result in death
- Up to $250,000 fine and 1 year in jail if evicted person dies
The Usurper-In-Chief is quite all right with it:
President Biden knows that the CDC’s eviction moratorium is illegal, having, per Gene Sperling, “not only kicked the tires,” but “double, triple, quadruple checked.” He also knows that the Supreme Court has ruled that it is illegal, and that the majority of the legal scholars he has consulted think that the Court is correct.
And yet, because a bunch of progressives have spent the day complaining, Biden announced just now that he intends to violate his oath and reissue the order anyway. “The bulk of the constitutional scholars,” Biden admitted at his press conference just now, “say it’s not likely to pass constitutional muster.” Then he said that he was prepared to try his luck anyway.
The Supreme Court has already ruled this to be an unConstitutional exercise of power…but that won’t stop Biden and the CDC! No, sir! And with the resources of the federal executive branch to draw upon, they can enforce their will upon you by the most modern of means: lawfare.
Actually, “lawfare” as a means of enforcing Washington’s will has a longer history than most would suppose. The great Russell Baker wrote about it back in the Seventies, in a column he titled “The Injustice Department.” It concerned eight men who went to Miami Beach to stage a protest against the Vietnam War, but were prevented from doing so by an utterly specious arrest on conspiracy charges. They were ultimately acquitted, but:
…the eight men who wanted to protest the war at Miami Beach have [legal] bills of about $150,000 as a result. Being tried by Uncle Sam is an expensive luxury.
In fact, Uncle Sam is something like the man in the cigar commercial who keeps threatening that he is going to get you. When Uncle Sam sets out to get you, he is going to get you. He doesn’t know how. Maybe by putting you in prison, maybe by letting you escape prison and merely driving you into bankruptcy. But he is going to get you….
Whether defendants in such cases are convicted or not probably makes small difference to the Government. The punishment for being indicted is severe enough to make a man swear off disagreements with reigning politicians for the rest of his life, which is really what governments want.
[From Baker’s collection So This Is Depravity.]
The process, as they say, will be the punishment. You need not doubt that the Usurper Administration will see to it that the prosecutors make such cases their top priority and have all the resources they could want. The Usurpers have their eyes on November 2022, and they are determined to have their way. With a thoroughly corrupt Justice Department as their minions and the United States Treasury open to their grasping fingers, they can count on having quite a lot of it.
On this fine August morning in the Year of Our Lord 2021, I am limitlessly glad that I am no longer one of America’s landlords. They’ve been in for a rough ride, and it’s about to get rougher.
Just yesterday, our beloved Dystopic a.k.a. Thales told us what this means:
Someday, the historians will look back on our history, and they will find a moment – perhaps one as seemingly-insignificant as the deposition of a minor puppet ruler in Italy was to the story of Rome – and they will say “this is the day America was cleaved in two.”
Perhaps those same historians will say of the Cold War that both the USSR and the USA fell, the former due to economics and the latter due to cultural infighting. Perhaps like the ancient fall of Sassanid Persia and the diminishing of Byzantium. Or perhaps it will be seen as something entirely different. We live in the aquarium they will someday comment on. None of us will live to know.
Regardless, there is no singular America, not anymore. Only the outward appearance still exists – and only so long as the waning pretenses of peace last in the real world. Not forever, I imagine. Perhaps not even very long.
But do have a nice day.