WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a nearly unanimous vote, the House passed H.R. 347 (download) by a vote of 399-3. But what is this resolution? It’s called the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act, and it allows the government to make it a crime to protest wherever they see fit.
The legislation’s purpose was supposed to “improve public grounds”. Instead it opens the door to allow the government to forcibly remove or move citizens who are legally assembled and protesting against the President, Vice President or anyone the Secret Service is protecting (which includes Mitt Romney, by the way).
Here’s how a portion (section A, sub point 2) of the updated Section 1752 of Title 18 of the United States Code reads:
knowingly, and with intent to impede or disrupt the
orderly conduct of Government business or official functions,
engages in disorderly or disruptive conduct in, or within such
proximity to, any restricted building or grounds when, or so
that, such conduct, in fact, impedes or disrupts the orderly
conduct of Government business or official functions.
The first amendment in the Bill of Rights states:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
It appears to me that Congress just made a law (and the President signed on March 8th) prohibiting the right of the people to peaceably assemble. Whether you agree with the growing hostile protests of the “Occupy Movement” or not, they have a right to peacefully assemble. But when that assembly turns violent or begins to break laws, that’s when the government has every right to intervene.
It sickens me that 399 members of the house, which obviously includes both sides of the aisle, agreed to restrict protest near government buildings. It seems selfish and cowardly that they don’t want the inconvenience of having to hear the distaste and disagreements that their constituents have the right to voice.
As Americans we have God-given rights that are being fundamentally removed by the Obama administration. It is becoming ever so clear that America is no longer governed by laws, but rather by man. This administration continues to combine the thought of opposition with danger. Sounds a lot like Communist Russia! Or any other communism at that…
Arthur Horner, a Welsh trade union leader and Communist politician delivered the opening remarks at the 21st National Congress of the Great Britain Communist Party, in November 1949. And in those remarks he said, “We represent the future. And no efforts on the part of those who oppose us can drag humanity back into the horrors of the past.” (Marxist Internet Archive)
We have rights put in place by our founding fathers put in place to allow us to stand up for what is right and voice our distaste if a government ever gets out of control.
Here is the list of all 399 members who voted for H.R. 347. Please visit and if your representative voted for it, please send them a note voicing your concerns and distaste for stripping the American public of yet another God given right. If you don’t know who represents you in the House of Representatives, please take the time and educate yourself. You can find that information here.