The Legislative Lynching of the Right
Congressional resolutions can be the beginning of formulating legislation.
For example, the next logical step for Congress after the resolution would be to draft legislation outlawing certain groups. Or making legislation that gives the Justice Dept. the power to designate certain groups as terrorist entities.
A law like this already exists. The Congress made a law giving the State Dept. the power to designate foreign groups as terrorists. The practical effect was to cut off funding to these foreign groups. That is, while the groups were foreign, anyone in the U.S. who gave these groups money could now be prosecuted.
But then the State Dept. went hog wild. They made determinations that groups in America were tied to these foreign groups. And thus the power to designate a U.S group as a terrorist organization had been squarely granted to the State Dept. So, if the White House wanted to shut down a group for political reasons, all that was required was for the State Dept. to declare the U.S. group was tied to the foreign group.
And since the evidence connecting the groups could be classified, challenging the designation became very tricky — not to mention expensive.
Here’s how it might work: say the White House wanted to shut down the Girl Scouts. All they had to do was find one Girl Scout who sold a box of cookies to a foreign terrorist organization. Now, the Girl Scouts could be designated a foreign terrorist organization and anyone buying their cookies could be prosecuted for supporting a terrorist organization.
While this is a farfetched example, it illustrates how the government was shutting down dissension.
So, again, if this new resolution morphs into legislation, it could get to the point where the very groups like Hatreon that facilitate funding free speech could be shut down.
In response to this danger to freedom, I have formed a lobbying effort to push back on the Congress regarding this resolution and other affronts to freedom, such as the incarceration of Mr. Cantwell. I, and anyone who wants to join me, will be writing and calling, and Congressional offices.
I’m in the D.C. area so can easily get to Capitol Hill to lobby there. I’ve done it many times. But because of a fear of doxing in this case, I will be using only my first and middle name, “Joe Æagle”, and not actually going to Capitol Hill.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Attributed to George Santayana.
I would add this thought. Those who are obsessed with history may miss the present. This is sometimes called “fighting the last war.”
There is a constant drumbeat in much of the media to associate Mr. Cantwell, and others like Richard Spencer, with fascism, Nazism, and pro-active violence. The (il)logic goes like this: Antifa are communists and White Nationalist are Nazis.
The idea is to borrow familiar terms from high school history classes and use them as metaphors for current events.
But that’s not merely an oversimplification in order to create a media “narrative”. It’s flat out wrong and dangerous to think that way.
Mr. Cantwell — surprisingly to those who are willing to learn the truth — is a pacifist in comparison to Antifa and its facilitators in the media and supporters in government.
He talks tough. He knows how to use a weapon. He’s not against defending himself.
But the real aggressor is Antifa. People who openly identify as Antifa through their speech and actions say that pro-active violence against those they disagree with is justified.
That’s a far, far cry from saying violence may have a place in defending oneself from violence.
There is a political prisoner in jail in Charlottesville. But it is our right to free speech that is being held hostage.