Last Friday, contributors to The Download ("Conservatives in the Crosshairs") offered an excellent summary of the ways in which the tech tyrants of the internet have been defying the supreme law of the land to attack the most important sovereign function of the people of the United States.
They recapitulated the evidence proving that providers of internet public services, facilities and accommodations like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. are systematically and with malice aforethought violating the constitutional rights of people whose politics they hate, including above all the freedom of speech and of the press and the right of the people peaceably to assemble.
We are accustomed to thinking of our constitutional privileges and immunities as if they are simply individual. In fact, whenever citizens of the United States are exercising the first amendment rights just mentioned those who inhibit, prevent or otherwise subvert their activities interfere with the body of the people in the performance of its sovereign duty.
As qualified and registered voters, every American citizen holds an office under the Constitution of the United States. They share in the responsibility of choosing the most important ministers of their governments, at all levels. And in doing so, they can decisively influence the choice of all the rest.
Through their power to determine the composition of the U.S. Congress, they can even accuse and remove the president of the United States, the national officer who comes closest to enjoying the immunity of power enjoyed, of old, exclusively by hereditary monarchs, or the supreme magistrates of self-selecting oligarchies.
Interfering with duly qualified citizens as they go about performing their sovereign duty is therefore not just an infringement of their individual rights. It is tantamount to an act of lése-majesté, i.e., a direct attack against the sovereign's body.
People need to remember this as they read stories and listen to reports that present factual information that goes to prove that the tech tyrants are guilty of such acts. By systematically subverting the First Amendment rights of American citizens engaged in the performance of their sovereign duty as such, they are attacking the Constitution of the United States. The fact that they do so according to a systematic strategy makes their attack an act of war. Levying such war is the first act listed in the U.S. Constitution's definition of treason (Article III.3).
People loyal to the Constitution, and the self-government of the people of the United States it establishes, must open their eyes to the fact that interfering with the discussion and deliberations of the sovereign body of the people is both an attack on their individual rights and an attack on their constitutional sovereignty.
The fact that people work with private corporations to procure facilities and products required for the performance of their official duty does not leave those private corporations free to engage in treasonous activities.
Private corporations contract with the government for various purposes, many of which affect the integrity and security of our governmental institutions. When they take advantage of those contracts to engage in treasonous activities, the supreme law of the land provides the means to investigate, prosecute and punish the guilty parties.
Citizens seeking and sharing information among themselves on issues that affect their sovereign duty to choose and supervise key government officials are members of the sovereign body of the people.
Attacking their activities is no different from targeting the limbs or organs of any other government officials performing their duty. It is an attack on the individual member. But it is also an attack on the whole body. The first is a violation of individual rights. It ought to be prosecuted under the provisions of existing civil rights law. The second is an attack on the Constitution of the United States. It ought to be prosecuted as treason.
I pray that President Trump and his new attorney general will make thwarting this attack on the rights and sovereignty of the American people a top priority in the battle against totalitarian subversion of our Constitution.