Throughout an average day online, I’m asked questions revealing the fear tactics being used by the political left. I don’t know why people turn to me for these answers, but more often than not… when the questions come, the person asking is a long time online connection, and frequently holds to the ‘middle of the road’ on political issues.
Nancy sent me this message:
I’m reaching out to you because I know you stay informed on issues. Have you heard anything about some states trying to criminalize peaceful protests? I saw something from you the other day about your concern on this issue. I think when property is being destroyed in protest that should be dealt with but no one wants their constitutional rights of protest and free speech to be tampered with and made criminal. Could you point me in some direction on where to go that is not partisan? I know snopes is liberal leaning and a joke.
Sorry to bother you but I thought you might know. Thanks.
Here’s the info being circulated on Facebook. I know nothing about this website; https://theintercept.com/2017/01/23/lawmakers-in-eight-states-have-proposed-laws-criminalizing-peaceful-protest/
My initial response:
Not a problem.
I don’t know that there are any states trying to limit or eliminate the constitutional right to protest.
It is absolutely imperative that we STOP the violence, the vandalism, and the rioting, however. I’m all for a peaceful protest to let people know you don’t like something, or that something is wrong, or even to gather and communicate over the issues, but anything beyond peaceful protest that becomes dangerous, should be stopped. And I’m pretty sure there are already laws on the book to stop anything of that nature.
But the link looked familiar, so I did more research, finding that the site, The Intercept, is a liberal hard-left leaning news site with ambiguous, often divisive and unfounded headlines such as the one she linked, Update: Lawmakers in Ten States Have Proposed Legislation Criminalizing Peaceful Protest.
There’s so much fear mongering going on, and the poor pitiful people on the left were lied to by the press with such ugly and horrific lies about Trump and what he would do, never hearing the truth about Hillary, only the lies that she was winning. She couldn’t win with the crap happening over her illegal activity, it wasn’t going to happen. The people in this nation had already begun to hold her accountable for her actions. And the PRESS continued to lie. And STILL they’re lying to the people who trusted them. The continued lies are hurting them even more than their “horrifying political loss” because they believe the lies.
Let’s start with the man at the helm of The Intercept, Jeremy Scahill. Wikipedia reveals:
Jeremy Scahill is a founding editor of the online news publication The Intercept and author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, which won the George Polk Book Award.
Blackwater is available on Amazon if you’re interested in reading his book. Here’s the description:
On September 16, 2007, machine gun fire erupted in Baghdad’s Nisour Square, leaving seventeen Iraqi civilians dead, among them women and children. The shooting spree, labeled “Baghdad’s Bloody Sunday,” was neither the work of Iraqi insurgents nor U.S. soldiers. The shooters were private forces working for the secretive mercenary company, Blackwater Worldwide.
This is the explosive story of a company that rose a decade ago from Moyock, North Carolina, to become one of the most powerful players in the “War on Terror.” In his gripping bestseller, award-winning journalist Jeremy Scahill takes us from the bloodied streets of Iraq to hurricane-ravaged New Orleans to the chambers of power in Washington, to expose Blackwater as the frightening new face of the U.S. war machine.
If you’re reading a news site such as The Intercept, you need to know what the person stands for, and where his loyalties are, because his writing will be slanted in that direction. It’s true of mass media and it’s true of sideline news sites (including this one) as well. Any news writer will slant the news in the direction they lean – some harder than others. And some will give only facts relevant to their own side of the news. Those are natural instincts, of any writer, of any human being. Somewhere in the written word will be something resembling the facts, and you’ll want to seek those out, and look at them as a reference for what you’re reading.
Then ask yourself questions. Do the facts uphold the issues of the content?
Before we go any further, you need to realize that Jeremy Scahill is a flaming liberal head hunter with a bone to pick against anyone who isn’t pro-socialism. Anything he publishes on the Intercept, is going to be so far hard-left it will hardly have any basis in fact, and definitely intentionally against the conservative constitutional crowd or thought process. He’s a divisive and hateful person, and has been for many years.
In my opinion, Jerry Sonnenberg is instituting a law to stop the environmentalists from destroying equipment and preventing actual work being done by companies who are drilliing for oil. The laws changed over the past 8 years, allowing protesters to impact working jobs, by preventing workers from getting to work or even allowing them to disable vehicles on the job site, without legal repercussions. Those days are gone. And should be gone. There should be no right to damage another’s property.
Over regulation has killed jobs and businesses here in the states, and that’s a huge issue for all Americans. We can have 1st Amendment rights and still have decency and good manners.
Maybe I’m too trusting, but I can’t see Republican legislators going against the constitution. I stay somewhat up to date but not as informed as you. This is why I’m picking your brain. I believe something needs to be done to curb destructive protesting aka Ferguson etc.
The past 8 years of job killing regulations, many of them hidden in ObamaCare, have eliminated the ability of good, hard working men and women to provide for their families. Small businesses have closed. Suicide rates have gone through the roof, because people who could find hope in every day living can’t find a shred of desire to survive the holocaust created by Obama and his leftist legislation of government overreach.
People who have worked their whole lives to support their own family aren’t going to accept food stamps, housing allowances, and subsidies to live. They want to work. They want to earn their way. Picking up the tab for those who won’t work is killing out middle class, and the end result has been a long line of suicidal behaviors out of sheer desperation.
It’s time to grab the proverbial bull by the horns and change that diabolical dysfunction of government overreach and put America back into the hands of hard working Americans.
The answer to the title question:
No, states are not trying to legislate out your right to peaceful protest. If you want to peacefully protest an event, a law, or some other cause, be our guest. Pick up after yourself. Behave like adults in the process. Take your trash with you when you leave. And don’t stop work in progress, or attempt to hold hostage those who have jobs to do. If your protest is really valid, there are many ways to get your point across without creating a riot, vandalizing someone’s home, business, or vehicle (including those belonging to the government), or becoming violent. If violence is your goal, at least be big enough to claim it and take the wrap when it’s over, because friend, you’re going to jail.
And be smart enough to know that not everyone who attends a protest is going for the same reasons you’re going, they may have intent on their mind. Many leaders of protests are not nearly as innocent as their cause may proclaim.