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.
Every time Congress meets they take away more of our liberties.
March 8, 2012 H.R. 347 was signed by the constitutional law professor, Barack Obama. It is cleverly worded to make perfect sense, but there are some parts I have a problem with.
Don’t we already have enough laws? Isn’t it already illegal to trespass or commit violent acts against other people? Why do we need duplicate, superfluous laws?
They use the law to break the law.
H.R. 347 states:
‘‘(1) knowingly enters or remains in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority to do so;
‘‘(2) knowingly, and with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, engages in disorderly or disruptive
conduct in, or within such proximity to, any restricted building or grounds when, or so that, such conduct, in fact, impedes or disrupts the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions;
‘‘(3) knowingly, and with the intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, obstructs or impedes ingress or egress to or from any restricted building or grounds… shall be punished…
‘‘(1) the term ‘restricted buildings or grounds’ means any posted, cordoned off, or otherwise restricted area—
‘‘(C) of a building or grounds so restricted in conjunction with an event designated as a special event of national significance; and
‘‘(2) the term ‘other person protected by the Secret Service’ means any person whom the United States Secret Service is authorized to protect under section 3056 of this title or by Presidential memorandum, when such person has not declined such protection.” – Government Printing Office
This affects both sides of the political spectrum. The side that gets the worse treatment is the side opposite of the party in power at the time.
The law says that you must knowingly break it. You must trespass with the intent of disruption.
This law outlaws protests. Not all protesters are trespassers. All protests aren’t premeditated.
How could Joe Wilson know beforehand that he would need to call Obama a liar? It doesn’t matter though. He disrupted a Government function. The man with the, “What Bill?” sign committed a premeditated act of disorderly conduct and deserves to be Joe Wilson’s cell-mate.
Do you remember this incident?
How many “hate crimes” did you hear committed by the yelling of the “N” word? None. Doesn’t matter. They are all guilty of obstructing and impeding ingress or egress to or from restricted buildings or grounds.
Newt Gingrich and I frequent the same restaurant. The last time I saw him there; he was accompanied by Secret Service. The restaurant isn’t a restricted building. Dinner isn’t a Government function. Many people walked up to him and spoke with him, but if this law was in effect then; anyone who debated with him or held up a vote Romney sign in the dining room would be a felon.
This is just the beginning. Don’t think that they aren’t working on a way to extend this law to protests and dissent everywhere. They won’t stop until they stop us from saying bad things about them, writing contrary opinions about what they do, or thinking ill thoughts about them.
They need you to stay home and not interrupt them when they pass unconstitutional laws like this designed to install tyranny and reduce the population to just them and their ilk. They don’t need you exposing their lies and waking people up to the truth. These people are smarter and better than you. They know what’s best for you and they don’t need your interference while they’re controlling your lives, OK?
Just be a good citizen and STFU!
We’re going to spend another trillion dollars to keep open “key” government agencies for one year. Republicans and Democrats are both agreeing on this. How come no one is asking, “Why does it cost over a trillion dollars a year to run the government?” Who in congress is working to cut the size and expense of government? How much of this is constitutional?
• $8.4 billion for EPA. Why? I love the environment as much as anybody else, but couldn’t the environment be better protected locally?
• $518 billion for the Pentagon, an increase of $5 billion over last year. OK. National defense is the federal government’s responsibility.
• $850 million for counterinsurgency aid in Pakistan. Why? I thought our paying for their Sesame St. show was going to make the terrorists not want to be terrorists anymore.
• $5 billion for AIDS. I’ll give you the cure to AIDS free. Don’t have gay sex. Get married, stay married, be faithful to your spouse. Don’t share needles. There you go; $5 billion dollars saved.
• $32 billion for energy and water programs. Is there not enough private companies making energy and supplying water? Since $32 billion of our tax money is paying for energy and water; do we still have to pay a bill for our energy and water?
• $21 billion for agencies that regulate banking. We already have police, sheriffs, lawyers, Better Business Bureau, FDIC, Federal Reserve, FTC, SEC, FINRA… How much more regulation does banking need? Is one more agency and another billion dollars going to result in no one ever losing a single dollar anymore?
• $12 billion for Treasury. Didn’t we write Timothy Geithner a $700 billion dollar check three years ago? Did he spend it all already?
• $71 billion for Education. Teachers in Atlanta are taking the tests for the students. Almost 50% percent of Detroit is illiterate. Most newspapers, magazines and TV news shows have incorrect grammar and misspelled words. Many waiters have degrees, but they did not study waiting tables in college. It’s not a problem that more money will solve. Education is a local and personal issue.
• $42 billion for the State Department and Foreign Operations.
• $3 billion for Israel.
• $39 billion for Homeland Security that includes nearly $12 billion for Customs and Border Patrol and nearly $6 billion for Immigration and Custom Enforcement. Why is there a DHS? The DOD, CIA, ICE, and the FBI were unable to protect us from what happened September 11, 2001, so the solution is to make another government agency? One more agency and another $39 billion dollars spent, and we can all go about our business now. Everything is safe. $18 billion for Border Patrol and ICE. Does that mean I won’t have to push a button for English anymore? Does that mean I won’t have anymore co-workers upset with me because I don’t speak Spanish?
How much are we spending to extend unemployment benefits? Did you hear Nancy Pelosi saying that the extension would create 600,000 jobs? She said unemployment insurance has macroeconomic effects. She says macroeconomic like she just learned the word 15 minutes ago. Unfortunately she might be right. Unemployment checks are certainly stimulating the cable, weed, alcohol, Xbox, and couch sectors of the economy.
Rep. Allen West (R.–Fla.) said the conversation on Capitol Hill has finally changed. What’s changed; spending trillions at a time instead of billions?
Rep. Jeff Flake (R.–Ariz.) and Rep. Bobby Schilling (R.–Ill.) voted against the bill. They both spoke of not having sufficient time to review the bill. Flake said “We’ll be discovering for months to come what’s actually in it.” God bless these two patriots for being responsible civil servants and not subjecting us to laws that even congress doesn’t understand.
Every cloud has a silver lining though: The bill outlaws tax money for abortions in Washington DC. and light bulbs will be legal for one more year.
The Senate votes on the bill today. I’m sure it will easily pass through that house as well and soon be signed by the President. This enormous government is too precious too these people to ever go unfunded and “shutdown” for any amount of time.
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