Governor Rick Scott of Florida, who signed SB 7026 into law, has violated his oath of office. He, like everyone else who is elected, is required by the Constitution of both the United States and that of Florida to take an oath of office. Part of that oath is to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. He has blatantly turned his back on the document with his actions last week. It is time that we the people exercise our power and bring him to justice.
One of the most pernicious provisions of this bill is to raise the age for purchasing a gun to 21. He has violated the 2nd Amendment by infringing on the right for an adult to keep and bear arms. He has violated the 5th Amendment, “nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law,” by revoking the rights of 100,000’s of young adults to purchase a gun and by authorizing judges to confiscate a person’s guns. He has violated Article 4 Section 4 which states “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government”. His actions are those of a tyrant, not an elected official in our constitutional republic. His oath is a contract to the people he represents to govern in a legal manner. He has violated the terms of his contract. He must be held accountable.
Simply fighting against the law itself is insufficient. It is time we held our elected officials accountable when they break the law, especially one of this magnitude. A violation of the oath is a criminal offense. He committed perjury when he took his oath of office, it seems. He did not intend to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States when he took the oath, as he told us he would. He committed perjury – ” the intentional act of swearing a false oath or falsifying an affirmation to tell the truth, whether spoken or in writing, concerning matters material to an official proceeding”. Scott has invalidated his own oath which means he can no longer hold his office as governor.
It is Pam Bondi who should be leading this charge. She is Attorney General and has the power to move this forward. I am not holding my breath. But it is time that a grand jury be informed of the offense and if enough evidence is presented to support the accusations they should issue an indictment. A trial should ensue and determine if he is guilty of violating his oath to office. If he is indeed found guilty, he should be removed from office. There can be no compromise on this.
Imagine if Scott had signed a law which made it illegal to utilize the right to free speech if under the age of 21? How about if he had said jury trials are no longer afforded to those adults under the age of 21? His infringement of the right to keep and bear arms for young adults is as highly offensive and illegal. The tenets of this country state we have unalienable rights and it is the duty of government to protect those rights. When government instead infringes on those rights, it is the right and duty of the people to hold them accountable.
We the people can no longer sit on the sidelines and hope that government will obey the law or fix its own mistakes. Article 1 Section 1 of the Florida Constitution sums it up nicely: “All political power is inherent in the people.”. That is a very powerful statement that indicates, among other things, that we the people of Florida are responsible for the actions of our elected officials. Our responsibility for their actions does not stop when they are elected. On the contrary. That’s when they start. They are our employees and when they break the law it is our responsibility to correct the mistake up to and including firing the employee. It’s our responsibility folks. Time to get busy.