Almost There Now
Now we cant
lawfully speak or peaceably assemble. Not within earshot or sight
of those who rule us, at any rate.
the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act is
now the law. (More accurately, an updated version of
to Remedy the Distress of People and Reich. The phraseology
and cadences are becoming so familiar, arent they?)
the federal governments practice ever since the days
of The Chimp to shunt protesters into what Judge Andrew Napolitano
rightly calls No Speech Zones and more, expands on it
criminalizing mere speech, mere peaceful assembly, if it
impedes or disrupts the orderly conduct of government business
or official functions as defined by the agents of the
federal government. The language is so sweepingly vague it amounts
to carte blanche suspension of the First Amendment whenever and
wherever the government so decides.
or even standing silent with a protest sign could and will
be construed as impeding and/or disrupting
the orderly conduct of government.
And the punishments
for transgressing the new befehl are severe: As much as ten
years in prison and an unspecified fine. The minimum sentence
is up to one year in prison and an unspecified fine. No more plastic
handcuffs, temporarily fitted a short ride to the pokey and
a misdemeanor fine (even that is an outrage, of course).
Henceforth, offenders will be facing life-changing hard
time. Even a month or two in the clink is enough to result in the
loss of ones job and with that, the cavalcade into
destitution begins. A year in jail and its over for most people.
Ten years? For impeding or disrupting the orderly conduct
of government business or official functions? In other words,
for heckling a pompous politician? For denouncing ObamaCare? For
causing Obama (or Romney or any of the other front men) to see or
hear dissatisfaction with their rule?
are treated more gently. Of course, rapists and murderers
do not offend against the state. It is a key thing to grasp.
They merely trample upon the rights of other people. And they
the people dont matter. As George Orwells
Winston Smith explained in 1984, the real crime is political crime;
i.e., dissent. In his dystopia, ordinary criminals were likewise
treated almost kindly relative to the consequences that awaited
Thought Criminals such as Winston Smith.
and now us.
effect this will have on (formerly) free speech will be extreme.
How many will dare to say anything to even stand on a street
corner in the face of this? Which is precisely the object
of those behind the new law.
This is a history
lesson in process.
ask, couldnt the Germans see it coming? Why didnt they
Well, why dont
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