The inane protests by the wet diapered liberal class have gotten out of hand and states are now working on passing laws that will put a real bite into protesting. The blocking of Interstate highways and airports are the worst and actually alienates people rather than win their sympathy. Don’t be surprised if the Attorney General Jeffrey Sessions steps in because by blocking highways and airports, the protesters are interfering with interstate commerce. That’s a federal crime.
In Washington state, a lawmaker termed some protests “economic terrorism” and introduced a bill that would permit judges to tack on an additional year in jail to a sentence if the protester was “attempting to or causing an economic disruption.”
In Minnesota, a person convicted of participating or being present at “an unlawful assembly” could be held liable for costs incurred by police and other public agencies.
And in Indiana, a proposed law would direct police encountering a mass traffic obstruction to clear the road by “any means necessary,” echoing a phrase made famous by Malcolm X during the 1960s civil rights movement.
“We’re not trying to restrict people’s right to protest peaceably,” said Iowa state Sen. Jake Chapman (R), in comments similar to those by legislators involved with each of the measures. He introduced his bill, increasing the penalty for blocking a high-speed highway from a misdemeanor to a felony punishable by up to five years in prison, after an anti-Donald Trump protest by high school students in November blocked one direction of Interstate 80 for 30 minutes. “But there’s appropriate places and times. And the interstate is not one of those places. . . . Right now they’re going to get charged with jaywalking and fined $35. That doesn’t fit the crime, in my opinion.”
Of course, liberals are lying through their teeth, saying that this is an effort to stifle free speech. (can you say Berkeley?) But not one single law penalizes legally protesting. All of these laws are for those who choose to break the law.
Lee Rowland, a senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union specializing in First Amendment issues, said she had seen occasional attempts to crack down on protests over the years.
“But I’ve never seen a coordinated attack on protesters’ rights anywhere near this scale,” Rowland said. “What all of these bills have in common is they may be dressed up as being about obstruction or public safety, but make no mistake about it: These are about suppressing protests with draconian penalties so that the average person would think twice before getting out on the street and making their voice heard.”
Cody Hall, a member of the Lakota tribe who was arrested while protesting the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota, said the measures would set back civil rights.
“We’re going backwards 60 years,” Hall said. “It’s okay to use your vehicle to run down protesters? How is it that protesters are not considered human beings? It’s my free speech — we can do this. You’re going to get people who say, ‘Hey, the law backs us. We can run people over.’ ”
Rowland from the ACLU claims all of these laws are unconstitutional. Let me challenge that liberal slimeball:
Show me in the constitution where committing a criminal act is protected. Listen for the crickets.