Letter: Chris Manthos, Leesburg

Editor:Threats to our civil rights are constant when living in a free country. Our Bill of Rights, 1st through 10th, and even the 14th Amendment are under attack by authoritarians in their thirst for total control over We the People. 

This election season, it is our 5th Amendment Due Process protections which Loudoun Democrats have zeroed their sights on for elimination.

Due Process protections guarantee every Virginian not be deprived of life, liberty, or property without being formally accused of a crime, and to be heardbeforegovernment acts to deprive you of your freedoms. It ensureslaws shallnotbeunreasonable, arbitrary, and all legal proceedings are fair.Virginia’s Constitution is equally clear on this issue.

Yet, every Loudoun Democrat Party candidate supports a so-called red flag law.

These dystopian measures encourage disgruntled employees, crappy neighbors, bitter ex-lovers, or anyone else, to accuse you of … something. Then, unknown to you, law enforcement shows up at 6 a.m. to confiscate your firearms. No hearing, no reason, and you’re never charged with crime. Consider it a weird legal purgatory, if you survive the raid—a terrifying prospect for anyone who cherishes civil rights.

The burden of proof is then turned upside down, as you would have to hire a lawyer and enter into costly legal proceedings to clear your name and recover your property.

Red flag laws are the vector to oppressive government and mob harassment.

Every Loudoun Democrat party candidate is pushing this control freak agenda. Every single one.

To be sure, there are those who believe “sticking it” to firearm owners is fine. But why stop there? Why not go after people with different ideas, read different books, speak in different ways, question the establishment, or hold diverse opinions? Is this the Loudoun we want to live in—Government encouraging neighbors, friends, family and co-workers to ‘report’ you for expressing who you are? It’s not a matter of if, it’s when, you will be the one accused anonymously, and the legal burden is on you to prove otherwise.

This is what Loudoun Democrats want. Ask them.

Once Due Process is eliminated for a few, it is eliminated for us all. This isn’t a slippery slope; it’s a 10,000-foot free fall onto the rocks of Stasi-like despotism.

Reject any person, any party, any government, who gleefully desires to deprive you of your civil liberties.

Chris Manthos, Leesburg

8 thoughts on “Letter: Chris Manthos, Leesburg

  • 2019-10-31 at 11:05 am
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    The rule of law is meaningless to the Democratic Party. The Red Flag laws are one example and are reminiscient of soviet-style Marxist tactics (which Democrats love!). They have “free speech zones” to limit free speech (the whole USA is a free speech zone). Democrat AG Mark Herring, from Leesburg, refused to defend Virginia’s laws he didn’t agree with.

    When rules don’t fit what Democrats want, they just ignore or change them. Just think of the double standard of Democrat Governor Northam in a KKK outfit, Democrat Attorney General Herring posing in blackface, and serious sexual assault allegations against Democrat Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax. Was there any consequence to any of them? No, there wasn’t. They should have all resigned.

    If you value freedom, the rule of law, or social norms, vote Republican.

  • 2019-11-04 at 7:25 am
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    Hate to break it to you but if a Red Law becomes a law than it is a law and your scare tactics of saying those who support such a law think laws are meaningless is absurd, sort of like this sentence, or any of the ways you say we will be doomed if we don’t vote exactly as you demand

  • 2019-11-04 at 4:47 pm
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    Using your ‘logic” YN, why not just ‘pass a law’ abolishing the the US and Virginia Constitutions? Abolish all civil rights, yes? That would be very satisfying to you and the democrat party ‘state control of everything’ tendencies.

    • 2019-11-04 at 5:24 pm
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      Chris – you frequently moan about any idea to make any change other urgent issues (think climate change) – but now we have something that might work, yet you complain (falsely and egocentrically) that this will violate your rights – you just don’t want to do anything to stop shootings and suicides, do you?

  • 2019-11-05 at 4:38 pm
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    Gee, I dunno YN. When did you stop beating your wife? If you believe that line works on me, you’re mistaken.

    It’s not just violating my rights; it violates everyone’s rights. If you think the 5th and 14th Amendment protections aren’t your cup of tea, ‘then let the chains of oppression rest lightly on your shoulders.’

  • 2019-11-05 at 6:22 pm
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    Red laws don’t violate the constitution – and if you think a person has an absolute right to any and all weapons when they are known to be a danger to the community or themselves, you greatly underestimate your legal scholarship – reading FB memes does not replace a law degree

  • 2019-11-06 at 12:53 pm
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    Don’t project your creepy corporate slave mentality FB habits on me. Never been on it, and never will be.

    You should let everyone you know you’re totally cool with people being slammed with legal disabilities, without being charged with a crime. Inform them of all of their other civil liberties you’re willing to do away with as well, so that you’ll ‘feel good.’

  • 2019-11-07 at 7:23 am
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    yes Chris, I am OK with people who are intending to hurt themselves or others not having guns for a moment – I am surprised you want them to keep their weapons

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