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Now, in a self-serving move aimed more at insulating government officials from discontent voters than protecting their hides, Congress has overwhelmingly approved legislation that will keep the public not just at arms’ length distance but a football field away by making it a federal crime to protest or assemble in the vicinity of protected government officials.
Specifically, the bill, which now awaits President Obama’s signature, levies a fine and up to a year in prison against anyone found in violation, and if the person violating the statute is carrying a “dangerous weapon,” the prison sentence is bumped up to no more than ten years. Thus, a person eating in a diner while a presidential candidate is trying to score political points with the locals could be arrested if government agents determine that he is acting “disorderly.” Mind you, depending on who’s making the assessment, anything can be considered disorderly, including someone exercising his right to free speech by muttering to himself about a government official. And if that person happens to have a pocketknife or nail clippers in his possession (or any other innocuous item that could be interpreted by the police as “dangerous”), he could face up to ten years in prison.
Thing is, this bill doesn't mean anything until cops/law enforcement decide to ignore the constitution they swore to uphold, and go out and enforce a law in direct conflict with our constitutional rights.
Obama won't be the person in the streets enforcing such a bill. It's law enforcement once again ignoring the oath they once made. Could make the argument anyone caught enforcing such a bill is a traitor, and a criminal in their own right. Of course they won't see it this way, and will just say they're following orders, but that's just a sorry excuse for not knowing the constitution, and not taking accountability for the oath they made prior.
Anyone enforcing such laws, just as cops enforce laws which violate our rights, is in reality a midget of a man. If cops/law enforcement are as intelligent as they say they are, and are scholars of the constitution as they act they are, we should be hearing an uproar coast to coast later this week about how this violates our constitutional rights. Doubt we'll hear a thing.