A friend of mine directed me towards this little gem of legislation (if it can be called that), it is too bad I was paying to the ”Flukeing Mess” (pun intended) that had descended upon Rush Limbaugh last week when this bill was passed….
H.R. 347 basically modifies a 1971 law that restricts or limits entering public areas that are temporarily controlled by the Secret Service, or large events like the Republican and Democrat nominating conventions. SHould the President be protected when he goes places – ABSOLUTELY! Should citizens be denied their rights under the First Amendment? ABSOLUTELY NOT!
The problem here is that it is going to put the brakes on any movement, whether of the Right or the Left that wants to gather in Washington D.C. All the President would have to do is to send a secret service detachment out to the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, or your can name any other public area or memorial to instantly disperse any gathering you or anyone else tries to plan.
The original law was also modified to make any trespassing a felony, and if you happen to be carrying a weapon deemed “dangerous” you get up to 10 years in the slammer. This should remind you of something this guy had to deal with.
This definitely seems to curtail freedoms to protestors, no matter their ideology. It seems to me that FedGov officials want us neither seen nor heard. This should remind you of something this guy had to deal with.
Also you may be intereested to know the bill passed 399 – 3. The Republicans and Democrats always seem to find the common ground when it involves taking away liberty from the citizens they serve.
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