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Remember When We had the First Amendment?

Before calling Trump racist, misogynist, and bashing his popularity-searching “campaign” you might want to read this and find out what is REALLY happening.

Loyal Readers will know I and my family attended a Trump rally here in Las Vegas, Nevada. We saw four protestors escorted from the room. The media reported six. The four we saw were kicking and screaming or generally being an asshat. But I wondered about the other two. I then read this facebook post by Lauren Underwood. Please read her post. But if you don’t have time let me give it to you in a nut shell. Lauren is NOT a fan of Trump and wore an anti-Trump T shirt. Her friend supports Sanders and wore his Ball Cap. Lauren was there to do her duty as an informed voter and here what the Other Side had to say. She was shocked when teenagers brought her shirt to the attention of the Secret Service and further shocked that she and her friend were escorted from the room. They were not shouting. Just listening to Donald speak and wearing items that silently expressed their opposition to the speaker.

They were well within their Right as expressed in the First Amendment.
“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.”
Well…not so much. You see, President Obama signed bill H.R. 347 (also known as the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011) into law on March 9th 2011. It was one of those boiler plate pieces of legislation that has to be updated every now and then. It was no big deal except the Democrats added a teeny weeny little provision. The new law, which passed the House with a vote of 399-3, extends the original law by adding more protected areas within Washington D.C, and removing the word “willfully,” from the paragraph stating that protesters can be prosecuted if they enter the area “willfully and knowingly.” This has come to be known as the “Protected Area Clause”.
The effect was that with this provision it became illegal to STAND in certain areas. Those areas designated as “Protected Areas” like the Presidential motorcade passing through. That way protest signs don’t show up on the evening news when President Obama is filmed going from Point A to Point B.

This is illegal.

This is illegal.

It also makes it illegal to silently protest any arena, room or gathering in which the President or [here’s the good part] anyone under the protection of the Secret Service is present. It’s not Donald’s fault. It’s the Law.
So back to the Donald and Lauren. Because Senator Robert Kennedy was gunned down while running for President the Secret Service is now required to provide protection for Presidential candidates. So everywhere Donald goes is designated a “Protected Area”. So Lauren was standing there politely and “willfully and knowingly” breaking the law because she walked into the place on her own accord and knew she was wearing a “Protest Shirt” [read this as a sign you wear].

This is also illegal.

This is also illegal.

But what about her friend with the Bernie hat you might say?
Have you noticed that everyone is against Trump? All the presidential candidates, all the politicians on both sides of the aisle and all of the media? Maybe it’s because those currently in power like the Police State that America has become in the past few years and are afraid that the Donald will bust up this little party up.
So Lauren and everyone else not supporting Trump might want to rethink their vote. It’s great to want Freedom of religion to be banned but when it’s your right to protest, not so much. Our Founders were very wise when they linked those two Freedoms in one Right. It covers all Americans whether you believe in God or not.

 

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Stunsinsky, Melissa, President Obama Signs Anti-protest Bill HR 347

Molloff, Jeanine, HR 347 ‘Trespass Bill’ Criminalizes Protest, Huffington Post

Brooks, Jackson, Obama Criminalize Free Speech?, Fact Check.


{ 2 comments… add one }
  • Porter Hedge March 23, 2016, 11:32

    The link right above this comment explains this “controversy”.
    Brooks, Jackson, Obama Criminalize Free Speech?, Fact Check.

  • Walt March 26, 2016, 02:13

    Fact Check puts the “It’s just an update of an existing law” spin on H.R. 347. This logic does not excuse its application to suppress political dissent.

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