By Nathan Barton
Democrat congresscritturs’ “signature legislation” is intended to take away free speech rights of Americans
As reported by the Washington Examiner, HR-1, the “For the People” Act is very likely the major attack on freedom of expression launched in the Fifty States in a generation. Not only that, the Act, if passed (highly unlikely in this Congress) would cost more than 250 billion dollars. A quarter trillion bucks stolen from taxpayers now and in the future.
That this bill would even be introduced and endorsed/sponsored by the Democrat leadership in the House of Representatives, and many prominent Democrats, shows the utter contempt. Contempt that these people and their organization have for liberty, and the US Constitution. As well as their belief in the gullibility of the American voters.
It also shows their arrogance and confidence. After decades of success in gutting the Second Amendment and getting away with it, they now believe it is time to do the same to the First Amendment. The fact that on Second Amendment matters, the Tranzis in the Democratic Party have been aided and abetted by many members of the GOP also encourages them.
Again, I think it unlikely that any provision of this gross attack will pass, thanks to the Senate. At least not in this or the next session. But merely introducing it and voting it out of the House shifts the ground on which such assaults on liberty take place. The GOP, long the party wing of “me-too, just slower,” will have its stand for freedom eroded just a wee bit more. And then still more and more. Just as has happened with the right of self-defense protected by the Second Amendment.
What is found in this blasphemous piece of paper? It is disguised as an anti-corruption effort. This is a tactic that has been successful in many states. Here are some of the items of radical expansion of governmental control over political speech:
- force 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations to disclose their donors,
- force private digital companies to release customer lists,
- broaden the definition of a lobbyist (including even the most basic political actions by private citizens who belong to ANY organization),
- public funding of political campaigns, including giving vouchers to “qualified voters” to donate to candidates,
- and apparently much more.
The Examiner and others point out the importance of privacy and anonymity. I know that many libertarians question the wisdom of such things as a secret ballot. A major reason is that no one can be expected to take responsibility for who (or what) gets voted in. At the same time (and the original reason for the secret ballot), people are less likely to be attacked for how they vote.
Many people fear, with good reason, when their name and address have to be written on a petition. Whether it is to put a controversial issue on the ballot, or to nominate a person who triggers hatred or loathing, there is danger involved for the signer. Many Libertarians have run into that attitude when garnering signatures for elections. In the past several years, there have been a few well-publicized attacks on people or their homes because someone tracked them down.
Indeed, there is a word coined for the first part of that: Doxing (from dox, abbreviation of documents), or doxxing, (according to Wikipedia) is the Internet-based practice of researching and broadcasting personally identifiable information about an individual. The methods employed to acquire this information include searching publicly available databases and social media websites (like Facebook), hacking, and social engineering. (Definition of dox. doxed or doxxed; doxing or doxxing; doxes or doxxes. slang: to publicly identify or publish private information about (someone) especially as a form of punishment or revenge. Merriam Webster)
There were already words describing the second part: words like intimidation, making threats, revenge, and worse. Similar actions taken against political opponents in the past here in America have a still uglier word, when things get really heated. Like lynching.
Whatever we call this, the Democratic Party and its GOP allies (more than most people imagine) demonstrate daily their hatred of true liberty. The more power we give government, and allow it to keep, the greater the danger that the Democratic tyranny will grow more powerful.
Their “secret” (my headline is a bit sarcastic) is now an open one, by their own actions. Even more, there seem to be few (if any) prominent Demos who are objecting to the proposal.
An associate already worries that her frankly expressed opinions, forthrightly published on-line, may result in someone gunning her down. Will it be a madman on their own, or a madman working for a government agency or political faction? She doesn’t know. Just that her writing is viewed by more and more people as racist, bigoted, outdated, offensive, objectionable and thoroughly despicable. She thinks she’ll be fortunate to just end up in a prison cell or gulag.
She may be right. Sooner or later, anyone who loves liberty and speaks up about it, will say something that infuriates an Antifa or Occupation or SJW, and that person will resort to violence. And when it happened to someone armed and trained, who defends themselves (beyond getting their attackers to back out wisely), there will be defensive violence. (And the defender will almost certainly be blamed at first and in the media.)
So, lovers of liberty, be prepared.