Petersen: Nikki Haley’s Social Media Proposal is Disqualifying

by | Nov 17, 2023 | Opinion

Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley might have been forgiven, if still viewed with a jaundiced eye, after her appearance on Fox Business where she stated that she thinks no one should be allowed to be anonymous on social media… if she had even realized she made a mistake.

But now that we’ve seen she’s doubling down as in the tweet below, it’s quite clear that Haley’s longshot odds at being president becoming longer are one of the greatest blessings Americans can receive this holiday season.

Haley’s opponents in the GOP rightfully blasted her. Vivek, DeSantis, and nearly the entire grassroots base of the party. Many of the conversations centered around the fact that the Founding Fathers famously used pseudonyms when writing letters in newspapers after the American Revolution.

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Those letters became known in later years as the Federalist Papers, and were the foundation which eventually culminated in the establishment of “We The People,” the Constitution of the United States. The Founders wrote anonymously because they understood the importance of being able to get a pure message across without it being adulterated by people’s views of the person writing them.

Anonymity in writing is a powerful tool, and enables some of the most gifted authors to be able to ply their craft without fear of reprisal. Journalists can speak to sources whose anonymity protects them from reprisal as whistleblowers of corrupt industry or government. And by the way… Nikki Haley isn’t her full name.

That’s right, Nimarata Nikki Randhawa Haley. Why don’t we make her use that one for everything since she’s so keen on forced transparency? Haley’s views are unconstitutional by any interpretation of the 4th Amendment or the 1st Amendment, but even more so perhaps the 9th Amendment, that forgotten old relic of the original Constitution. Most people don’t think about the 9th Amendment, even conservatives spend way more time trying to restore and reinvigorate the 10th. But what was the 9th amendment about?

Passed in 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights, the Ninth Amendment reads: “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” In essence, it emphasizes that just because certain rights are explicitly mentioned in the Constitution does not mean that others don’t exist. The framers of the Constitution were aware that listing all possible rights would be impractical. The Ninth Amendment was included to address this concern and ensure that Americans’ inherent, unenumerated rights were not overlooked or dismissed by the government.

The Ninth Amendment has profound implications for personal freedom. It underscores the principle that individuals possess a wide range of rights that extend beyond what is explicitly mentioned in the Constitution. These unenumerated rights encompass personal autonomy, privacy, and other fundamental liberties.

This amendment acts as a safeguard, preventing the government from infringing upon these inherent rights. Is being anonymous on the Internet covered under the 9th Amendment? I would argue yes. Legal positivists would argue now. But that’s another debate for another day. Judge Andrew Napolitano and I had that debate/discussion this week if you’re interested you can listen below at one hour in.

These are dark days for the American republic, but there are some silver linings. Nikki Haley is never going to be president of the United States, and that’s a good thing that any freedom loving American can be grateful for.

Austin Petersen is a former Libertarian presidential candidate turned Republican and the host of the Wake Up America show every Monday-Friday from 7-9am central which you can stream live on Rumble, or listen to on Spotify or iTunes. He resides in Jefferson City, Missouri with his wife Stephanie and their two presidential French Bulldogs, Calvin and George.

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