People will continue to leave New York if nothing changes

A Bill of Attainder is a law that sentences a person, or group of people, to suffer punishment for a crime, or an alleged crime, without being able to exercise their judicial rights in defending themselves (see https://legaldictionary.net/bill-of-attainder/).

The New York state legislature and the governor have created a law (see bills S6146 and A7750) that requires the commissioner of taxation and finance to cooperate with investigations by certain committees of the U.S. Congress, under “certain circumstances,” and to hand over a New York state resident’s confidential tax return to Congress upon request. This law, and I use the term loosely, violates an individual’s rights under Article 1 Section 8 Clause 3 (no bills of attainder), Article 6 Clause 3 (oath of office), the Fourth Amendment (unreasonable searches and seizures) and the Fifth Amendment (due process) — all part of the U.S. Constitution. This law also violates Article 1 S12 Clause 1 of the New York State Constitution (unreasonable searches and seizures) which restates verbatim the Fourth Amendment.

So what was made to look like a law by its obfuscatory verbosity is really nothing more than a legislative edict which only further erodes the separation of powers doctrine at both the federal state levels. It is revolting that this “law” was designed to harass just one man, President Trump, a legitimately elected president. And if the president can be harassed in this manner, then so can anyone. A law that is used to bully someone is not a law but a cudgel ; it exemplifies tyranny, not liberty.

If New York’s elected officials continue to make laws that hector people and cannot be voted out of office then residents (American citizens no less!) will continue to vote with their feet and leave New York.

“Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private (virtue), and public virtue is the only foundation of republics.” — John Adams

“Citizenship is what makes a republic; monarchies can get along without it.” –Mark Twain

CHARLES F. HEIMERDINGER

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