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The fact that state-level legislators would even consider doing these things is disturbing on many levels.
Is “cancel culture” spreading into America’s political system?
This is infuriating…here we are wanting to stop the WEF and be different than the CCP and our own local politicians are acting just like them both.
What’s Happening? - In the last few days, two news stories from both ends of the United States became worrisome developments for civil libertarians and old school “constitutionalists.”
#1 Let’s start on the east side - down in Florida, a REPUBLICAN state senator has submitted a bill that sounds like something the CCP would do—or a banana republic.
SB 1316, called “Information Dissemination,” would force bloggers to register with the state if they are paid and they write about "the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, a Cabinet officer, or any member of the Legislature."
That controversial section is tucked away after seemingly unrelated changes to notifying the public about court orders and judgments requiring sales.
If passed, the blogger would have 5 days to register “after the first post by the blogger which mentions an elected state officer.” (source)
But this only gets worse:
“After that, it says “a blogger must file monthly reports on the 10th day following the end of each calendar month from the time a blog post is added to the blog, except that, if the 10th day following the end of a calendar month occurs on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the report must be filed on the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.”
And, the report would have to tell the government who paid the blogger, how much money was involved, and where the post could be found — or there will be fines.
The bill even compares the potential filings by bloggers to the requirements lobbyists have to follow. Lobbying is not a form of speech protected by the First Amendment.
“The bill also says, “A blogger may request that the filing of a report be waived upon good cause shown based on reasonable circumstances,” and the state of Florida “may grant or deny the request.
Red Flag Alert: In Florida, new laws normally start July 1 — but this bill fast tracks these blogger laws to take effect as soon as the bill is passed.
Why are they wanting to rush this bill?
Here is the sponsor of the bill: GOP state senator Jason Brodeur:
Brodeur claims to support both DeSantis and Trump as far as their agendas and policies. And DeSantis endorsed Brodeur’s state senate campaign.
If you’re wondering why Republicans in Florida want to act like North Korea or Democrats (we’ll get to them in a minute) to regulate and suppress American bloggers, one motivator behind this could be DeSantis’ drive to sue journalists for defamation.
#2 Meanwhile - across the fruited plains to the great Northwestern state of Washington - George Orwell ‘s dystopian novel comes to life.
The Evergreen state - Washington - where some of the most draconian Covid measures have been put into practice - is also close to installing their own version of Big Brother.
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is pushing the state legislature to adopt legislation that would set up a commission on “domestic terrorism.” According to a report, this could lead to conservative individuals being criminally charged for expressing their views.
KTTH’s Jason Rantz described this legislation, known as HB 1333, as the “most dangerous” in Washington state’s history in his report Wednesday. He says Washington state is setting up a 1984-style Ministry of Truth.
According to the Center Square, HB 1333 would create a so-called Domestic Violent Extremism Commission (DVE) in the Attorney General’s office. The 13 members on the commission are asked to recommend legislative “solutions to combat disinformation and misinformation, address early signs of radicalization, and develop a public health-style response.”
In addition, while the commission in HB1333 is charged with finding avenues to treat DVE as a public health problem, only one member is required to be an expert on public health, according to the Blaze.
The legislation also requests the commission look into “current legal tools, both civil and criminal, and making recommendations for potential new legislation and regulations to address violent domestic extremism.”
HB 1333 came as a result of the Ferguson’s 2022 “Domestic Terrorism” study. That study warned that “effective State intervention to address these threats has the potential to implicate speech or association that may be protected by the First Amendment, or the individual right to bear arms protected by the Second Amendment.”
Among the study’s recommendations was the creation a commission to explore not only data collection, but possibly adding a definition of DVE to state statue.
Rantz explains in his report that the commission and the AG’s office are singularly focused on white conservatives and HB 1333 was crafted by far-left groups.
The AG’s office makes it clear that they’re primarily interested in targeting white people. Indeed, his office rejected the term “domestic terrorist” because it was too “triggering” to minority communities. And it came from an AG Office report after it tasked a group of stakeholders to explore violent domestic extremism.
The stakeholder group did not include a single conservative or even moderate political group. Instead, it included the American Civil Liberties Union, the Council on Islamic Relations, and Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates. Unsurprisingly, the group focused on white conservatives, which they labeled extremists, while arguing systemic bigotry within police departments attracts extremists.
The group’s partisan, left-wing recommendations were used to craft HB 1333.
Groups and individuals opposing critical race theory, mask and vaccine mandates, election fraud, and grooming could be seen by the commission and AG Ferguson as “anti-government” fascism and engendering white supremacy. Indeed, Rantz notes during a recent House Committee presentation on Washington state “extremism,” a woman from the far-left Anti Defamation League claimed without evidence white supremacists have a “common cause” with these groups and individuals. She also absurdly claimed white nationalists use protests around these issues to recruit new members.
While this legislation is blatantly unconstitutional, Ferguson is almost certainly hoping the liberal Washington Supreme Court will uphold HB 1333 anyway. The Supreme Court could be controlled by leftists by the time the bill gets in front of them. (source)
The fascist authoritarians in our midst still want to put their boot on America’s neck. It may feel like the pandemic is over—and it is over in reality—but now is not the time to fall back asleep. There are still monsters to slay - evil ghouls with syringes looking for unblemished arms, Marxists in sheep’s clothing, and political swamp creatures lusting to control every area of our lives.
Stay informed. Their schemes never stop.
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