I rarely find myself in agreement with the selectively outraged American Civil Liberals’ Union (ACLU), considering how it regards Christianity as the enemy and communism as just another political theory.
But we agree in large part on the so-called “Anti-Occupy” bill (H.R. 347)that stealthily moved through Congress and signed into law yesterday by Obama.
No, it’s not a funding bill for landscaping…. “The Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act” makes it illegal to “trespass” on White House grounds–a prohibition I thought already in place; but it is a dagger aimed directly at the heart of the First Amendment. The law’s wording is extreme and intentionally vague.
Under this one-day-old law:
- the government has the power to prosecute citizens engaged in political protest anywhere in the country because the law applies to the person under federal protection… anywhere that person may be.
Let’s say some some politician is campaigning in a restaurant eating pork ribs after addressing a nutrition conference and you wander in. And let’s say that you get in a disagreement with the staff cause you’re not being waited on; an argument follows, voices are raised. Yes, you could be prosecuted on federal charges without even knowing that Sen. Arugula is seated out of sight, in the smoking section.
More realistically, you could be charged with a federal offense for mistakenly entering a building without permission or with the intent to disrupt a government function if Secret Service is on the scene.
The law covers not just the White House or Camp David, it can be any building or area the president visits—even briefly. Or, any building or area “restricted in conjunction with an event designated as a special event of national significance.”
How can you protest, redress your grievances, if you are prevented from going to the very place where you can do so?
Not only can you be arrested, charged and federally prosecuted based on this shifting protected American real estate, the law covers any person so deemed for protection by our first Lesbionic Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
“Visiting heads of state are extended a (protection) offer too, and the events sanctioned as those of national significance—a decision that is left up to the US Department of Homeland Security—extends to more than the obvious. While presidential inaugurations and meeting of foreign dignitaries are awarded the title, nearly three dozen events in all have been considered a National Special Security Event (NSSE) since the term was created under President Clinton. Among past events on the DHS-sanctioned NSSE list are Super Bowl XXXVI, the funerals of Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford, most State of the Union addresses and the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions.” (hat tip: USA Today)
So you want to make your you have a ringside seat to throw rotten tomatoes at Ahmadinejad’s limo the next time an Ivy League university wants to listen to a mass-murdering IslamoNazi? Make sure you have a sitter… or you might just think twice about the whole thing. Whatta you think this is, a Constitutional republic based on the God-given rights of the individual?
But… our freedoms are only ours if we defend them and above all use them… no matter what the individual cost with must keep faith with our Founders.
This absolutely unconstitutional law passed three votes shy of unanimous and one of the “no” votes belonged to Michigan Rep. Justin Amash who summed it up properly:
“The bill expands current law to make it a crime to enter or remain in an area where an official is visiting even if the person does not know it’s illegal to be in that area and has no reason to suspect it’s illegal.”
These bastards have to be stopped and this should be one issue that unites all of us, left, right and center.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”