Friday, March 02, 2012

US House passes bill to protect pampered pols from annoying demonstrators

We read:
"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. In the bill, Congress officially makes it illegal to trespass on the grounds of the White House, which, on the surface, seems not just harmless and necessary, but somewhat shocking that such a rule isn’t already on the books. The wording in the bill, however, extends to allow the government to go after much more than tourists that transverse the wrought iron White House fence.

Under the act, the government is also given the power to bring charges against Americans engaged in political protest anywhere in the country.


This bill is a disgrace. Most demonstrators are Leftist so the GOP house was obviously going after them but by the same token I can't see it getting past the Senate or Obama. SCOTUS would probably overturn it on 1st Amendment grounds too.


Sig said...

jonjayray said, "Most demonstrators are Leftist so the GOP house was obviously going after them."

Um, I seriously doubt that is the case here with the vote 388-3 in favor. This is clearly bi-partisan legislation.

Anonymous said...

Sig, you are wrong. Rethuglicans are just plain evil, which is proven on this blog every day.

Bird of Paradise said...

Dose that include all the pro-life advocates as well?

Anonymous said...

Dumb, but all pols seek power for the sake of power. Never trust them no matter the party.

Go Away Bird said...

Were fast reverting to the kind of monarcy our founding fathers rejected

Anonymous said...

I don't think the American colonists at the time objected so much to the (British) monarchy as to the unfair treatment by his government ministers, especially with regard to taxation and representation in the British Parliament. If the King's ministers had handled the whole situation with more tact and diplomacy, there might now be just a Commonwealth country called "North America" (of which only Canada remains).