The GOP Is Trying To Kill Free Speech: North Carolina Edition

The News and Observer reports after former North Carolina governor Pat McCrory was shouted at, a state legislator introduced a bill to make it illegal to “threaten, intimidate, or retaliate against a present or former North Carolina official in the course of, or on account of, the performance of his or her duties.”

Sen. Dan Bishop of Charlotte introduced the bill after a video was posted on Facebook. In it, ex-Governor ThinSkin McWhinyPants was traumatized on a trip to Washington D.C. by evil liberals chanting “Shame!” and calling him a anti-gay bigot. The poor guy was so upset! So his buddy Senator Bishop recommended anyone who does something so outrageous again spend five years in prison.

“Because lines are being crossed,” Bishop, a Republican who represents the 39th District in the North Carolina Senate, wrote in an email from his Senate campaign account.

Bishop was one of the sponsors of House Bill 2, or “the bathroom bill” which McCrory signed into law. The bill was criticized for nullifying local non-discrimination ordinances statewide, directing transgender people to use restrooms and locker rooms matching the gender on their birth certificate in government-owned buildings and initially revoking the right to sue in state court for discrimination.

I am not sure which line he is worried about. They were exercising their right to free speech. If the “offenders” were doing anything illegal, there should already be a law in place to cover it. The video of the event lasts about three minutes. It shows McCrory with Lou Dobbs and two women walking in an alley. There was no physical altercation, nor were any threats made. The police came and handled the situation without incident.



The ACLU responded accordingly:

“People’s right to criticize politicians – whether in a newspaper, at a meeting, or on a public street – is the very heart of what the First Amendment protects,” Gillooly said. “Everyone deserves protection from violence, but politicians who run for and serve in public office shouldn’t get special treatment to shield them from criticism. Any attempt to criminalize peaceful political speech would violate the Constitution and our country’s proud tradition of free speech for all.”

Currently there are eight states with laws, introduced by Republican legislators, attempting to make peaceful protests illegal.

In Minnesota, Washington state, Michigan, and Iowa, Republican lawmakers have proposed an array of anti-protesting laws that center on stiffening penalties for demonstrators who block traffic; in North Dakota, conservatives are even pushing a bill that would allow motorists to run over and kill protesters so long as the collision was accidental. Similarly, Republicans in Indiana last week prompted uproar over a proposed law that would instruct police to use “any means necessary” to clear protesters off a roadway.

Over the weekend, readers alerted me to two additional anti-protesting bills, both introduced by Republicans, that are pending in Virginia and Colorado. This brings the number of states that have in recent weeks floated such proposals to at least eight. (Intercept)

Obviously the GOP is concerned about the implications of the protests. They are going to so much trouble to attempt to shut them down. I have no idea how they expect to get around the First Amendment. People have died for the right of citizens to protest, and now they want to make it a crime. So much for ridding the country of political correctness. I guess that only applies to them, bless their hypocritical hearts.

 

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