Here it comes. Thought crime and hate crime legislation. No one can attest to the vile nature of internet harassment, threats and insults more than I can, but I would never silence my “critics”. This law is unconstitutional, a blatant violation of the First Amendment. It destroys the basic tenets of the Constitution. The left is ripping it to shreds. You can view the bill here.
This represents the end of political blogging and free speech on the world wide web.
If both bills are not opposed and thrown out then the First Amendment will become nothing more than a relic of a bygone age. (more here)
That this is even being proposed speaks volumes as to how far America has fallen. Here is the language in the bill:
a) Whoever transmits in interstate or foreign commerce any communication, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to a person, using electronic means to support severe, repeated, and hostile behavior, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.
‘(b) As used in this section-
‘(1) the term ‘communication’ means the electronic transmission, between or among points specified by the user, of information of the user’s choosing, without change in the form or content of the information as sent and received;
‘(2) the term ‘electronic means’ means any equipment dependent on electrical power to access an information service, including email, instant messaging, blogs, websites, telephones, and text messages.’.
Let’s all take a look and remember these sponsors and the author when the next election comes up:
Rep. Linda Sánchez [D, CA-39] and 14 Co-Sponsors
* Rep. Timothy Bishop [D, NY-1]
* Rep. Bruce Braley [D, IA-1]
* Rep. Lois Capps [D, CA-23]
* Rep. William Clay [D, MO-1]
* Rep. Joe Courtney [D, CT-2]
* Rep. Danny Davis [D, IL-7]
* Rep. Raul Grijalva [D, AZ-7]
* Rep. Phil Hare [D, IL-17]
* Rep. Brian Higgins [D, NY-27]
* Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D, OH-9]
* Rep. Mark Kirk [R, IL-10]
* Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D, CA-34]
* Rep. John Sarbanes [D, MD-3]
* Rep. John Yarmuth [D, KY-3]
SideBear: I highlighted Mark Kirk as one of the Co-Sponsors of this bill because he is the lone Republican on this list.
Last week Mark Kirk was one of eight Republicans in the House who voted for “Cap and Trade Bill” (aka… American Clean Energy and Security Act …aka …Waxman-Markey) to read more go here…
Kirk caught a tremendous amount of flack over this vote from local Republicans and he tried to cop-out to his base by issuing a statement full of false facts and data about Global Warming.
Mark Kirk has ambitions of higher office in the State of Illinois and I don’t know what he is thinking or he is just blinded by ambition but his continual of taking positions not in the best interest of the country and the people therein has shown a deep character flaw and not trustworthy inconsistent with what Republicans stand for.
At this point I wouldn’t even call him a RINO because his voting pattern has shown him to be a ‘closet liberal.’
BUT THIS MARK KIRK REDO has just pushed this voter over the top as I wouldn’t vote for him fpr dogcatcher.