I wonder what the Founding Fathers would say about this?
The House of Representatives approved a bill on Monday that outlaws protests in instances where some government officials are nearby, whether or not you even know it.
The US House of Representatives voted 388-to-3 in favor of H.R. 347 late Monday, a bill which is being dubbed the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011. …
The new legislation allows prosecutors to charge anyone who enters a building without permission or with the intent to disrupt a government function with a federal offense if Secret Service is on the scene… Under the law, any building or grounds where the president is visiting — even temporarily — is covered, as is any building or grounds “restricted in conjunction with an event designated as a special event of national significance.”
It’s not just the president who would be spared from protesters, either.
Covered under the bill is any person protected by the Secret Service.
No doubt this was inspired by the increasingly alarming behavior of Occupy radicals, but it will be applied equally — if not more than equally — by liberal officials to the law-abiding Tea Party.
One of the three Reps principled enough to vote against this latest attack on our Constitutional liberties was Justin Amash (R-MI), who observes,
“The bill expands current law to make it a crime to enter or remain in an area where an official is visiting even if the person does not know it’s illegal to be in that area and has no reason to suspect it’s illegal.
“Some government officials may need extraordinary protection to ensure their safety. But criminalizing legitimate First Amendment activity — even if that activity is annoying to those government officials — violates our rights.”
Every time the federal government passes a law, those rights are diminished, and our soft tyranny takes another step toward becoming a hard one.
On a tip from Mattius Maximus.