There was once a belief that all American’s had certain democratic rights and freedoms. We were once taught that our Founding Fathers fought for the right of every American by declaring their independence from religious tyrannic rule. We were once taught that everybody’s vote counts, and that everyone has a voice to protest their grievances, as stated in the Bill of Rights. Well, it seems that the First Amendment is in the process of being torn to shreds and thrown out the window.
A bill passed Monday in the US House of Representatives and Thursday in the Senate would make it a felony—a serious criminal offense punishable by lengthy terms of incarceration—to participate in many forms of protest associated with the Occupy Wall Street protests of last year. Several commentators have dubbed it the “anti-Occupy” law, but its implications are far broader.
The bill—H.R. 347, or the “Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011”—was passed by unanimous consent in the Senate, while only Ron Paul and two other Republicans voted against the bill in the House of Representatives (the bill passed 388-3). Not a single Democratic politician voted against the bill. [wsws.org]
Though the bill is a bit broad, the tone is clear. Our tax-payed government doesn’t want you protesting, even peacefully, against their ideals. If you disagree, don’t get anywhere near their location. Maybe send them an email that their intern can either send you an automated response, or completely ignore all together.
The most effect way of letting America know that people are willing to stand up to their government is by protesting in a peaceful manner. This next video (via Addicting Info) shows you a direct violation of the Constitution, which clearly states…
…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.