Senate Wants to Strip Constitutional Rights from Americans Tried by Indian Tribes – Update

Chief Patrick Leahy
Chief Patrick Leahy


Update: 16:00: The House passed the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act, rejecting the House version which omitted the Native-American tribal court provision.

No one wants to see Native-American, LGBT, and “undocumented” women hurt. All the protections we can afford them within the Constitution should be afforded them. Unfortunately, this bill puts tribal law before our Constitution.

Native-Americans presented documentation to the effect that when a non-Native-Americans abuse a Native-American, the case is referred to federal court. They say that the cases are often not prosecuted and are bumped back to the tribe where the abuser faces only a misdemeanor charge.

Prior to this bill, only minor cases were allowed to be tried in tribal courts.

In an effort to protect women, Congress has passed yet another law, and this time it is a law that cedes US sovereignty.

It would have been far better for them to find a way to properly enforce the laws we now have. As Ben Franklin said, He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither. The Constitution provides us with the ultimate protection of the rule of law. This act tears away at it just a bit.

Details can be found at Politico.

And, as previously stated in this post, what’s next? Sharia’h law?


Original Story: 2/28: 9:32: The House GOP is voting on a Senate bill today that is allegedly to protect women – it is the Violence Against Women Act. It will, if allowed to become law, strip constitutional rights from Americans who are tried by Indian tribes for alleged domestic violence.

What’s next? Sharia’h law trumps the Bill of Rights?

Dr. Patrick Leahy, the self-described Socialist, sponsored the bill.

If you want to know why the GOP is opposed to some of these bills masquerading as pro-women bills, this is why.

Following snapshot from CNS News:

It was opposed by the conservative bloc in the Republican Senate Conference–as well as by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senate conservatives Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah, Tim Scott of South Carolina, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Marco Rubio of Florida, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin all voted against it.

The Congressional Research Service said  that  the bill states “the Constitution will not apply” to Americans tried by Indian tribes for alleged acts of domestic violence. These Americans, according to the CRS, will not have recourse to the Bill of Rights.



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