Insurrection Act Of 1807

Since the failed coup by insurrectionists on 06 January 2022 there has been lots of concern over the actions of a few…..and of course that made me think about history….there was a time when the president was in fear of a popular insurrection against the government of the nearly formed American government…..and he did something about the rise of insurrection…..

There has been some recent talk in Congress about changing the Insurrection Act of 1807. This act empowers the president to send federal troops to quash “any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy.”

Although altering the law has been caught up in the politics surrounding the end of the Trump administration, when the administration considered invoking it several times in 2020, the statute has always been dangerous, is outdated and unneeded, and should be either completely repealed or amended to restrict severely presidential actions.

In 1807, President Thomas Jefferson signed the congressional legislation when rumors abounded that the scurrilous Aaron Burr, his former vice president, was raising a personal army. During American history, it has since been used to send active U.S. military forces to both support and impair civil rights and quell a riot. In the latest case, President George H.W. Bush used federal forces to quell the 1992 Los Angeles riots in the wake of the acquittal of four policemen in the beating of Rodney King.

Yet one of the major fears of the nation’s founders—which continued well into the 20th century but has now been forgotten—was the dread that a standing military would impair Americans’ liberty. Because of the anxiety in American society about the depredations of the British military on civil liberties before the American Revolution, George Washington, the first president, had trouble getting Congress to give him enough forces to fight Native Americans on the frontier.

Only after two major defeats at the hands of the Indians did Congress even marginally increase the U.S. Army. And this skepticism of a standing military lasted through the 19th century and well into the 20th century. It was American tradition that when a war was over, most of the U.S. military demobilized—even after the sizeable conflicts in the Civil War, World War I and World War II.

https://www.independent.org/news/article.asp

If you are interested there is more background on this attempt by Jefferson…..

https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/insurrection-act-explained

https://www.history.com/news/insurrection-act-thomas-jefferson-aaron-burr

This is the law that Trump was considering to use to try and stop the count of the electorate ballots…..lawful exercise of government.

This law needs a major overhaul…..but that is for another day because there is too much plaguing the nation for this to be a concern.

Class Dismissed!

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

6 thoughts on “Insurrection Act Of 1807

  1. Thanks for sharing this…we DID have a treasonous attempt at insurrection and illegal attempts to “steal” the election. For anyone who still shouts otherwise, there has not been ONE SINGLE PIECE OF EVIDENCE to support the Trump election claims. His own Attorney General said so un Der oath, and said he told that to Trump as well, who isn’t interested in “truth” just “power.” The Jan. 6th commission is now releasing the interviews done under oath in which every single Trump advisor and official admits there was no such “stolen” election, but if you look at how they attempted to subvert the legal counting of ballots and electors, it surely would have gone to a Supreme Court that now seats ultra-right wing lunatics…who knows what could have happened.

      1. Sadly the media inflames everything…so many of the issues we are polarized about are “far left” vs. “far right” and the so-called “silent majority” is asked to take a side for the sake of a poll….so many of the issues involve issues that impact a very small percentage of the population but are given lurid headlines designed to force the middle to one edge or the other, when the vast majority of people prefer where they are

  2. As you know, I would love to see Trump arrested and charged. But life experience tells me that is unlikely to happen.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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