The Republicans are systematically crushing the freedoms enshrined in the first amendment to the Constitution because it threatens the GOP’s fascist aspirations to give the people a voice.
Like their hideous demigod Trump, Republicans have historically despised the U.S. Constitution – save for the second amendment and a religious clause in the first amendment. Post Trump, Republicans have become relentless when attacking the people’s freedoms contained in the First Amendment at the same rate as they eradicate their right to vote.
Let’s face it, if Republican racists and religious fanatics were to abide by the nation’s founding document, the various lawmakers and the U.S. Congress could do the kind of business that serves the people and unburden the nation’s judicial system about the rights of the people inherent in them to preserve contained in the constitution.
However, Republicans can’t stand the US Constitution in general, and the 14th and 1st Amendments in particular, because it provides equal treatment under the law and gives the people a voice. Obviously, the GOP’s attacks on women, the LGBTQ community, the color of the skin, and socially conscious Americans would never happen if Republicans had a measure of respect and loyalty to the U.S. Constitution, on which they swear an oath to support them, to defend and to preserve.
Since last summer, when a historic number of Americans took to the streets to exercise their first adjustment rights to voice their complaints of police violence against people of color, Republicans have made up and decided to put an end to the right to protest – just like Trump wanted to .
The right of the people to gather to express their displeasure at the police killing of fellow Americans for not being white is criminalized in several Republican-controlled states. To make matters worse, Republicans give their students the legal authority to kill and maim protesters under the protection of “civil immunity”.
It was reported two days ago that Republicans in 34 states, as well as the fascist voter suppression efforts widespread in GOP-controlled states, have introduced 81 bills making peaceful protest a criminal offense that is very significant Jail sentences deserve if the protesters are not victims of legalized vehicle violence.
If an American had any doubts about who these fascist anti-protest laws were supposed to serve, remember that Florida’s fascist governor proudly announced that his state’s assault on peaceful protests demonstrated “the strongest law enforcement legislation in the country” and Its strengths should be in good faith as a seriously legitimate fascist. Florida fascist law classifies a public gathering of three or more people as “riot”. Defendants are denied bail until they appear in court.
Now, another Republican state is enacting anti-protest laws specifically designed to protect the Republicans’ precious fossil fuel industry and putting Native Americans in their place as second-class citizens with women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community.
Montana Republicans passed an aggressive “anti-pipeline protest bill,” punishing protesters with fines of tens of thousands of dollars and up to 30 years in prison. The Republican governor of Montana is expected to sign the law to officially criminalize demonstrations at fossil fuel infrastructure sites, which are usually also located near Native American reservations.
Individuals are fined up to $ 150,000 and 30 years in prison, and any organization deemed a “co-conspirator of protest activities” is fined up to $ 1.5 million
It should not be a revelation to any conscious American that the force behind the Republican attacks on the First Amendment and democracy on this matter is the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
The Montana law, for example, is the “newest of over two dozen laws modeled on the work of the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council,” specifically written to eradicate protests despite being protected by the first amendment to the United States Constitution are .
Fascist Republicans are on a tear to wipe out popular vote with 361 bills disenfranchising voters in 47 states and 81 (and counting) anti-protest measures. None of these fascist measures are constitutional, and yet it is doubtful whether the Conservatives will lift a finger at the Supreme Court to restore the people’s first adjustment rights or to protect their right to vote.
America’s democracy has always been fragile, but with a minority party aiming for full-blown fascist rule and a Trump-filled judiciary eager to ignore the document they vowed to defend, it seems America’s little experiment on democracy will come to an unfavorable end.
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