Congress Approved H.R. 347 Could Make Most Forms of Protest Illegal

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” —President John F. Kennedy

Tim McCown reports on the Examiner:

On Ron Paul’s website it was duly noted that H.R. 347 could make the First Amendment illegal. No one is really covering this bill and the major media call it non-controversial. The innocent sounding bill titled The Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011 was passed Tuesday with only three dissenting votes including Ron Paul, and passed unanimously in the Senate. This bill dubbed the Anti-Occupy law was passed without one single Democrat speaking up for the First Amendment.

Once this Bill is signed into law some including Ron Paul believe it will make it a felony to exercise your first Amendment rights of Free Speech. Several of those commenting opined that the nearly unanimous vote proves that despite all the posturing both parties stand shoulder to shoulder in their defense of the greed and entitlement of the 1% from the rest of us. When you couple this with the indefinite detention of Americans in the National Defense Authorization Act it is clear that Obama is part of a ruling corporate oligarchy and is surely no Progressive.

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25 Comments on "Congress Approved H.R. 347 Could Make Most Forms of Protest Illegal"

  1. Whatever.

    It’s got to come to blows anyhow.

    • Geoff Henry | Mar 6, 2012 at 12:53 pm |

      I agree Zenc. It’s just another degree up in the boiling we frogs sit. Good luck.

      •  That’s an urban myth, by the way.  Even frogs have enough sense to get out of the water if it’s too hot, no matter how slowly the temperature rose to get there.

        • Liam_McGonagle | Mar 6, 2012 at 1:57 pm |

          Sadly, that doesn’t say much for the intelligence or self-preservation instinct of humans.

          Colorful metaphor, though, even if technically inaccurate.  Think I’ll keep using it.  Like “honest to God”, everyone has a pretty powerful notion of what it’s SUPPOSED to mean, even if the objective reality doesn’t quite match up.

        • Geoff Henry | Mar 6, 2012 at 2:59 pm |

          thank you for the clarification Pb. I didn’t know that and I fact checked it (not with an actual frog PETA) to find you’re right. It’s true, Liam, that the phrase conveys a popular held idea that gets a point across, but I like truth which is why I read this site and will stop using it.

          • Butter Knife | Mar 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm |

            If you read this site, then you should be well aware that there is more than one kind of truth.

          • Geoff Henry | Mar 6, 2012 at 10:10 pm |

            Nice one BK, but that sounds a bit condescending. You should know that things happen and people spin it. The truth is what happened and why. There is a reality. Don’t be a lost ship at sea. Know WTF is going on. That takes a lot of information gathering including things beyond this site.

          • chinagreenelvis | Mar 6, 2012 at 3:57 pm |

            If the truth of the phrase is moot, shouldn’t the point be equally moot?

            If the frogs have enough sense to get out of the water, doesn’t it follow that humans will, too?

          • Geoff Henry | Mar 6, 2012 at 11:43 pm |

            The phrase was based on a point that we’ve allowed so much to happen. Regardless of the factual basis of the phrase, the point still remains evidenced by the fact that these transgressions on our liberty continue to happen.

  2. Mamagriff50 | Mar 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm |

    I do believe that they are preparing for “Martial Law”.   They know whats comming…….global government colapse, maybe?

  3. You have NO rights, only privilege.
    Exercise it while you still can!

  4. why doesn’t this mention any of the original law that has been around for over 30 years

  5. Liam_McGonagle | Mar 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm |

    Well, that’s depressing.

    On a tangental point that is probably moot in the context of a Supreme Court that has been thoroughly bought, I wish someone would push an amendment to the Constitution allowing the judiciary to premptively challenge flakey laws like this.

    I understand that that prohibition was considered key to the checks-and-balances of a system where no one part of the tripartite system was to be paramount, but it kinda sucks donkey nards to have to wait for someone to actually spend 20 years in the hole to challenge a bad law.

  6. Asdafsdf23423 | Mar 6, 2012 at 1:51 pm |

    And people say the “Poilice State” is a Myth. Mmmhmm

  7. Nicksteele90 | Mar 6, 2012 at 2:15 pm |

    Every official that voted for this should be tried for high treason. Throwing them out will do no good as they’ll just go work for the various corporations they’ve been on their knees for while they worked to undermine the constitution. Throw them in the hole and let them be someone’s bitch for a few years. They’ll be screaming for due process then.

    Let’s start with Charles Schumer and Eric Cantor.

  8. it wants the black duck tape making an ‘x’ over people’s mouth

  9. Boy caught | Mar 6, 2012 at 2:34 pm |

    Why even protest … just don’t buy anything … nothing.

    • Geoff Henry | Mar 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm |

      That is the key to taking away the power. It’s becoming increasingly difficult.

  10. BlackCat | Mar 6, 2012 at 6:59 pm |

    Don’t forget the Second Amendment. HR 347 prescribes nine additional years (max.) in prison if the person has a weapon, even if it’s owned legally.

  11. Southpaw10677 | Mar 6, 2012 at 7:28 pm |

    in my opinion all these laws
    being passed ndaa the felony trespass bill the right to assasinate
    american citizens without trial, this to me looks like laws being put
    into place because the govt knows that shit is gonna hit the fan soon
    economically and they are just preparing for the civil unrest that is
    coming when everything collapses, the police are already militarized and
    now with the passing of the ndaa the military can be called upon
    american citizens and now attorney general holder basically said hey we
    can kill anyone we want for watever reason necessary, in my opinion the
    majority of americans not all americans but the majority of head in the
    sand americans deserve the govt they get and boy are they gonna get a
    rude 2 cents

  12. Apathesis | Mar 6, 2012 at 8:42 pm |

    He may suck on rights of workers, religion and abortion, but at least he is right on this.

  13. Doctor X | Mar 7, 2012 at 3:37 pm |

    It’s about time! USA! USA!

  14. Before the government will allow itself to fall, before a chaos within the public, before we get everyone to stand up for the RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE, the government will find a way to stop us from having any rights, Lincoln wants to make a change for the better and hes shot, JFK wants to go against congress and he gets shot, his son wants to follow in his father’s footsteps and he is in a mysterious plane crash. So I ask how much of this will we take before we stand up and say NO MORE, WE WANT OUR RIGHTS OUR FREEDOMS AND WE WANT THEM NOW. How far will the American people be willing to go when the government steps in and puts us under martial law and we won’t have the right to even talk to our spouses or significant others about what kind of day we had?

  15. So, if you protest, which will be illegal, then you’ll get indefinite detention for punishment

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