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Politicians Once Again Prioritize Silencing Those Who Disagree With Them

politicians senate confirm Trump Manafort progressive congressional Marxist democrats bully administration America fiscal house cardsExactly at the moment members of Congress should be focused on working with each other to solve the biggest problems, they find that it’s much easier instead to focus on silencing you.

As it did in 2019, the House of Representatives is giving priority consideration to a bill that would make it harder for ordinary Americans to speak out on the issues that matter most to them.

The latest version of the improperly named “For the People Act” purports to protect democracy and enhance transparency. It would do the opposite: protect incumbent politicians and suppress speech.

Our country benefits when we have a diversity of voices participating in public life. Each American should be able to amplify their individual voice alongside like-minded fellow citizens. H.R. 1 would make this harder to do by, among other things:

  • Regulating more ways people can communicate about issues, forcing groups that engage in nonpartisan issue advocacy to, often falsely, declare that they support or oppose any candidate whose name appears in their materials.
  • Compelling nonprofits that then make “campaign-related disbursements” of the above kind to disclose the names and addresses of donors who donate above a certain threshold, subjecting them to potential retaliation from those who would harass them, an all too real possibility in today’s partisan climate.
  • Requiring nonprofits to disclose their own donors, even if those donors would normally have been kept anonymous, if an organization they give money to spends dollars on the redefined “campaign-related disbursements” above a certain amount. This would make it much harder for burgeoning social entrepreneurs to find the funding and partnerships to grow. It also falsely implies that those donors funded a particular ad or issue.

These proposals would deepen divisions in the body politic that have stymied our ability to solve big problems.

They would exacerbate the problems in our civic life by closing off even further what many people already see as a rigged system in which politicians and special interests team up at the expense of everyone else.

We need a more vibrant civil society, not a stifled one.

Just as Americans have the right to cast ballots in private, we have the right to support causes, join groups, and make donations without being monitored by the government. History shows that the choice to engage privately — free from the gaze of those in power — helps protect all voices, especially the marginalized.

The 1958 landmark Supreme Court decision in NAACP v. Alabama barred the state’s attorney general from demanding the civil rights organization hand over its list of supporters. It doesn’t take much imagination to figure out what state officials would have done with that list.

The single largest givers to LGBTQ causes between 1970 and 2010 were “anonymous funders.” Does anyone doubt that the cause would have grown as it did if its funders were not allowed anonymity?

Gigi Brienza donated to John Edwards’ presidential campaign, yet found herself and her address on a “target list” from an animal rights-oriented domestic terror organization thanks to donor disclosure requirements.

Margie Christoffersen donated money to oppose a ballot initiative in California. Her restaurant was boycotted, she was harassed, and police in riot gear had to be called to disperse a mob assembled outside her business.

How one feels about the causes espoused by any of these Americans is not the point. Their causes span the range of public debates. But the principle is the same. Whatever cause you support, you should be able to do it free of the prying eyes of politicians and bureaucrats, and without the threat of intimidation.

The ability to choose how, when, or even if to share your beliefs is especially critical in the age of digital mobs.

Members of Congress and other public officials have an obligation to ensure that everyone can exercise their rights. Foundational freedoms erode when we protect them for one set of people but not another. Our rights are bound together. If we protect them for me but not for thee, we risk forfeiting the robust liberties that are the foundation of the American experiment.

Congress should not rewrite the rules of engagement in a way that chills free speech. Americans must be free to speak and associate freely, without politicians holding a veto on who gets to participate and who does not. Accountability is for politicians, transparency is for government, and privacy is for people.

Please contact your representative to urge them not to vote for H.R. 1 and to work in a bipartisan manner to address the issues of voting rights and election security.

Contact Your Representative

Reprinted with permission from - The Hill - by Ted Ellis

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LORETTA JESSOP
7 months ago

Since the still don’t let President Trump alone, what make us think that anything we do or say will change. It is well funded with to many people in stratic places.

Michael Saksa
7 months ago

Defeat HR 1 then disallow PACs.

Rich
7 months ago

O’Biden will bring us together in unity IF we don’t do or say anything that goes against the democrat/socialist agenda. Sounds to me like other tyrants in history. Oh, but wait, we want to cancel that part of history.

Duane
7 months ago

These leftist secularist elite globalist are missing it big time and are going down! The rest of the world is turning to the Populist right. Poland has made abortion against the law and passed laws against the big tech tyrants! The Island of Samoa has declared itself a “Christian Nation”! The country of Hungary has a right wing government. France’s prime minister is moving to the right by deporting Muslims and banding the woke/cancel culture from it’s shores! Italy is going to vote out it’s left liberal government and vote in a Populist right government. England’s (Brexit to leave the EU) was initiated by the Populist right. Other countries moving right are Sweden, Netherlands, Ireland, Germany,etc. And now we have a National Populist movement that had already rose up before the last election was stolen, in our country! Some good things are happening.
GET INVOLVED IN THIS US NATIONAL POPULIST MOVEMENT!

Stillkickin
7 months ago
Reply to  Duane

But wait ! Isn’t that “politically insensitive” and could offend so many different groups ? Think of all the snowflakes that could melt !

Wayne Odle
7 months ago

This is straight from the CCP, right ? It must be : no honest American politician, who had the trust and the values of his voters, and their best interest at heart, would ever propose such a communist plot. Pretty obvious I would say. Let’s get with it people, let’s not tolerate these home grown or foreign invaders of our way of life here in America. You started by removing prayer from our schools,
you stop a sitting president from his 1st amendment right of free speech, you lie, cheat, and steal an election right in front of everyone and now this ? If there’s not an organized line-in-the-sand drawn saying we’ve had enough of your s..t from the right, you people are asking for a war here. There is so much pent-up frustration now and you still go unabated on your mission to destroy our way of life here. Will a Republican, with a backbone ; that’s in a position to do something about it, finally do something to stop this massacre ?

Twmon
7 months ago
Reply to  Wayne Odle

Have you heard Newts opinion? It totally explains what it happening here. After bj klintoons first 2 years, he got creamed. He lost 40 something seats in congress and gave the republicans the majority for the first time in decades. In oblamers first mid term, he lost 60 something seats in congress. The dims know that they may have only these 2 years to push as much [email protected] as they can. I don’t know if these big loses will repeat itself, there are so many idiots and uninformed in this country now. And the dims have cheating down to an art form now. God help us.

Gary Painter
3 months ago
Reply to  Wayne Odle

I agree, but I think you’ll have a better chance of finding hens teeth than you will finding a honest American politician or a Republican politician with a spine. They only run for office for the scam. Run on the notion you’ll do what then voters want, get elected and sail your way to wealth with little or no effort.

Ron G Deere
7 months ago

One would think that people in authority would love to get feedback even if it was negative because it would enable them to perform their authority more excellently, but CONSISTENTLY it has been demonstrated that people who in authority do NOT want to hear negative feedback, do NOT want to hear corrective advice. They really do NOT care whether someone has a different, better idea about things. And we wonder why so many businesses fail, why government is “going to hell in a hand basket.”

John A. Fallon
7 months ago

The head of the fbi said that the fbi will not tolerate the “DOMESTIC TERRORISM” that happened at the capitol, how about the DOMESTIC TERRORISM that took place all across the country for several months, is he saying socialist/dem sponsored TERRORISM IS ALLOWED? IF SO WE NEED THE SECOND AMENDMENT NOW, MORE THAN EVER!! THEY SWORE AN OATH, JUST LIKE EVERY VETERAN TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE NATION FROM ITS ENEMIES FORIEGN AND DOMESTIC, IF “WE THE PEOPLE” DO NOT STAND UP TO THIS TREASONOUS ACTIVITY, KISS YOUR RIGHTS AND YOUR BUTTS GOODBYE!

michael wade
7 months ago
Reply to  John A. Fallon

Trump should of fired the FBI Director and others that are playing the race card / cancel culture with the DEMS and dont care about the PEOPLE just the swamp in DC. The Capital Riot dont even come close to the other RIOTS/MURDERS etc. It is a disgrace no Law and Order. BLM and ANTIFA are the real Terrorist and other groups but they are in with the DEMS and the
Law in DC. The People need to take a stand before they destroy the USA and the future for our kids.

John A. Fallon
7 months ago

This is what we get for allowing the voter fraud to succeeed, the time to take action is NOW, we have the right to recall our representatives if they violate thier oath of office, recall, replace, investigate, punish them individually, make them answer to “WE THE PEOPLE”, if we take them down one by one, we CAN take our country BACK!! and we can put in office ALL the representatives that actually WON!!! INCLUDING DONALD J. TRUMP!!!! THE REAL AND LEGITIMATE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!!!! if politicians, judges, fbi, doj, scotus refuse to do thier duty, then WE MUST DO OURS.

Victoria Johnson
7 months ago

They threw every ‘wet dream’ they’ve ever had into this bill. They know their days are numbered if they can’t enact it/the into law. If/ (when?), Schumer eliminates the filibuster in the Senate, S-1, the Senate version, will pass for sure and Katie bar the door. EVERY part of the Constitution and Bill of Rights will topple like dominoes.

The Rebel
7 months ago

Congress only has ONE problem: it is loaded with LIARS, WHORES, AND THIEVES !!!!!!

johnh
7 months ago
Reply to  The Rebel

You need to take a look & appreciate the good ones that are doing what they were elected to do. Your comment is a little negative.

Walter
7 months ago

I consider the Democratic Party domestic terrorists. They have been and are doing everything they can to undermine our Constitution. HR 1 must be defeated. Why are the Conservatives being censored? and who is censoring us. This is Communism at its finest. The flood of illegals into our country with a Pandemic going on-this is more than likely going to kill many of us via the Viral spread. Not to mention the increase in crime and cost to support them with free medical, food, places to live are you kidding. What Rocket Scientist is making this decision. I am tired of supporting them-sorry but that’s how I feel. Our great country has supported many countries for years with our blood, and money. Enough is enough-we are in a major debt and the Dems are giving away our money like it is nothing. I am concerned about the Johnson vaccine. I read and have heard it is only 60% effective and probably less in us seniors. That’s not much better odds than flipping a coin. The other vaccines have been rated around the 90% effective-is this information correct? No one wants to tell you what vaccine you are getting. Why is that? Why would seniors or anyone for that matter sign up for the Johnson vaccine if the 60% rating is correct? Is it true that the new Congressional CoVID bill only allocates 9% of our hard earned money for the Virus? This is major corruption. We are not being represented! It is time not to just hold these corrupt politicians accountable-this means nothing. We need to dismiss their protective immunity and throw them in jail. Finally, not mentioned but Andrew Cuomo needs to be hauled away to prison for the deaths of around150000 Nursing Home patients and I believe covering it up. Having worked medically in Long term care (LTC) and surgery, I wonder who authorized from the hospital to send COVID infected patients back to a Nursing Home. Did they? I know the patient and or the family can sign themselves out of the hospital but I believe it takes a doctor’s signature to discharge the patient and I believe they ask where they are going to. Also, Social Services I believe are involved in this transition. I have learned that you do not bring a major illness into a LTC facility where many patients are fragile and have weakened immune systems. Anyone want to clarify this? Did Cuomo just bypass all of this. If so, where did he get his medical degree and or medical advice? I believe there were more people involved in this terrible decision. All need to go to Prison. Just some of my concerns too. Grumpy Old Vet.

Glenda K Graham
7 months ago
Reply to  Walter

Walter, in your paragraph, you said ” Sorry but that’s how I feel” You need not apologize for your opinion. I believe that far too many opinions are prefaced by the word “Sorry.” Other than that word, your article is excellently expressed.

Walter
7 months ago

Hello. i do agree with you. As an old Vet, I Typically, I never say sorry for anything. Frankly, I like many other American citizens are pissed off with the Democratic Communists who are giving our country away. The only Domestic Terrorism I see at the White House is from the Democratic Communist Congress who are undermining our Constitution. I am not upset for the Patriots who want to defend our Constitution. Finally, the Head of the FBI needs to sit down. He is a Dem yes man. He did nothing to help President Trump and the American Patriots.

Victoria Johnson
7 months ago
Reply to  Walter

I am almost 70 and have ‘underlying medical conditions’ though not any of the more susceptible ones. I’m planning to get the J & J vaccine when it becomes more available in my area in April or May. I’m not in any hurry because I believe I already had COVID in Jan. 2020 before anyone had ever heard of it. The information just started coming out in Feb. 2020. I haven’t been worried about getting the virus and have continuously gone out to my favorite hangouts since the state allowed them to re-open last June. I wear a mask ONLY because the state mandated it and they’ll close the businesses down if they don’t comply. The J & J vaccine isn’t promising to keep you from getting the virus at all, just making it less severe or fatal if you do. That’s good enough for me. Everyone has to evaluate their individual circumstances and make their own decisions.
Bless everyone and may you stay safe and healthy.

Ratfink
7 months ago

Neither of the other 2 vaccines guarantees 100 % protection either, and the J&J vaccine is no less effective then the other ones are,frankly I’m not planning on getting any of the vaccines as I don’t trust any of them as they were rushed and weren’t properly tested

William Butler
7 months ago

Thank you, my thoughts are in tune with yours. My wife and I had the virus in January of 2020. There is a reason it’s referred to as 19 COVID

Jeanine
7 months ago
Reply to  Walter

First, I would like to confirm your statement “that you do not bring a major illness into a LTC facility where many patients are fragile and have weakened immune systems.” This is undoubtedly correct. LTC facilities do not have isolation units or even an isolation room. Most would consider it “isolation” by keeping the door to the room closed. No ante room, no filtration systems, barely if any isolation gear. I have over 35 years of work in the medical field in various capacities. Close the the middle of that time, during my transition between employment levels, I worked in an LTC. I had a severe cold and called to say that I could not come in, and was told that if I did not come in (regardless of being ill) that I would lose my job. Because of my education I had certain responsibilities that were unique to other employees and I was need for extensive wound care for a few patients. So I came to work. It was a Friday and I had weekends off. When I came back to work on Monday one of the patients that I had cared for had passed away—complications from a severe cold, and the others were ill. So, Covid in a facility such as this… Most of my life I have been wondering where certain “officials” received their medical degree…maybe online?
Next, HR 1 passed the House (of course) along with the eliminate police bill. One could say that HR 1 is one of the worst ever against our Constitution, however, I personally believe that the uncontrolled terrorist mob that calls themselves “Democrats” are beyond a doubt the most horrible infestation that has ever occurred. It is a disease, far worse than Covid, far worse than cancer, that needs to be eradicated. The Democrats political party (which I consider a misnomer) may have, at one time, had its attributes. But it has become a repugnant fervid disease and the sources of this infection need to be removed from the United States government, a government founded on a
the Constitution and a system of government By The People.

Hen3ry
7 months ago

Gas $2.85 today.

BAE
7 months ago

Nancy Pelosi is a marxist. She is always saying the American people want; she only knows what she wants. This nasty person does NOT care what the American people want.

DrScott
7 months ago
Reply to  BAE

NASTY PELOSI

Ratfink
7 months ago
Reply to  DrScott

Nasty Piglosi

aluminum head
7 months ago

We’ll just have to send letters to each other through USPS. G O D – good old days.

teresa
7 months ago

that’s the way the dumos roll! they are insecure, jealous, ignorant blabber mouths, I personally don’t listen to them bc I don’t like haters. they waste my time

DGW
7 months ago

Palosi makes me sick, ill,etc. She is always saying the American people this and the American people that as if she really cares about us. She also used to say that she prayed for President Trump regularly. In either case, if you paid attention, she did not show any evidence of supporting the President or the American people. This latest HR 1 Bill {For the People Act)is a great example of her B.S. which if you take a look at it and you are halfway intelligent you can clearly see it is a gross misnomer. These radicals know “the people” are either too lazy or just don’t really care to check things out so they can slide by and of course it helps to have the fake news cover it all up.

Paul W
7 months ago
Reply to  DGW

Agreed. In fact, I consider the msm and big-tech to be more of an enemy of “We the People” than the fascist dims…and that’s really saying something. An honest press would be hammering these dictatorial liars into the ground. These propagandists, instead, run cover for them and big-tech silences those that oppose them. We are becoming nazi germany and that ain’t no exaggeration.

Danny Estridge
7 months ago
Reply to  DGW

Yes, she always prayed for Trump, to fail. What a narrow minded idiot. Her only real claim to fame is at age ?, she still has nice looking boobs ( That should piss off a lot of people, but what the heck you gonna do? I’m excerzing my 1st Amendment rights, LMAO.

Dave
7 months ago
Reply to  Danny Estridge

OMG! I just threw up a little.

DrScott
7 months ago
Reply to  Dave

She’s had so many cosmetic surgeries her ears almost touch behind her head….
Good news is there was enough skin leftover to do 2 pair of boots and a handbag ????.

Now, don’t cite me as a true absolute verification process of the medical field.
I’m just joking friends. Smile. Laughter is good medicine for the soul.

rfox
7 months ago

In the former soviet union, their constitution made it illegal to speak ill of the government. For those to young to remember, the soviet union was a repressive, marxist, communist regime favoring only those in the politburo(government) and their friends.

DrScott
7 months ago
Reply to  rfox

And here’s your sign

DeborahKaiser
7 months ago

Down with HR1! So much deceit in that bill that is being hidden from the public. Stilling the voices of the states and the people is not what our country should be doing.

DrScott
7 months ago
Reply to  DeborahKaiser

There’s not one bill that they have that deserves to be passed. Everything they’re doing, all the plans and bills are UNCONSTITUTIONAL, AND MUST BE STOPPED. IF THEY PASS ANY BILLS, EVERY ONE MUST BE CHALLENGED IN COURTS UP TO THE SCOTUS. THEY MUST BE STOPPED TURNING US INTO THEIR SOCIALIST MARXIST COMMUNIST COUNTRY UTOPIAN EVIL.
THIS IS OUR NATION AND THE LAST STAND BEFORE WE ARE LEFT WITH ONLY ONE OPTION.

PLEASE HELP US GOD. PLEASE HELP US TO STOP THIS TAKEOVER FROM THE CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLICAN GOVERNMENT OUR FOUNDERS FOUGHT FOR, AND OUR FOREFATHERS, MOTHERS, BROTHERS, AND SISTERS OF OUR PAST KEPT AND GAVE US CITIZENS. WE CANNOT ALLOW THEM TO TRANSFORM OUR NATION INTO THEIR EVIL GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF OLIGARCHY COMMUNISM. PLEASE HELP US LORD TO AVOID VIOLENCE AGAINST THEIR TAKEOVER VIA ILLEGAL MEANS. PLEASE HELP EXPOSE THEIR ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES AND HELP EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER THE LAWS RETURN. WE NEED YOUR HELP FATHER. WE ARE BEING SILENCED, OSTRACIZED, MARGINALIZED, CENSORED, AND ATTACKED BY ENEMIES THAT HATE US CITIZENS WHO ARE CHRISTIANS, CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLICANS, OR EVEN VOTED FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. PLEASE HELP US GOD.
IN JESUS CHRIST NAME.

Alice
7 months ago

What has happened to my America? We fought hard to eliminate discrimination and bullying in this country. Now, those of us to disagree with some in power are being bullied, also called cancelled. We are the ones being discriminated against just because we do not think as they.
History is being changed at the whim of a few, good people from history are no longer considered good. History will prove this to be a very dark time in our country. We went through a period such as this in the late 50’s where McCarthy tried to cancel so many individuals, many who never recovered. Lets offer a prayer that this country can survive this attack on our freedoms and pray that some of our bravest will step forward and stop the insanity.

teresa
7 months ago
Reply to  Alice

people like biden, schummer, pelosi aoc obama etc came on the scene. over the years the dems have gotten worse. one thing that hasnt changed tho is their hypocritical ways.

aluminum head
7 months ago
Reply to  teresa

Lady, ( D ) is now the communist party – end of story.

John Radmacher
7 months ago

The United States of America is GONE! The very foundation of the previous United States was Freedom Speech. Many…..Very Many elected officials in our current American government would be pleased to limit free speech. Until Hillary and O’Biden are in jail we live in a lawless country where ALL DEMOCRATS ARE ABOVE THE LAW, ESPECIALLY NANCY AND CHUCK ! THE KING AND QUEEN!?

Danny Estridge
7 months ago
Reply to  John Radmacher

Don’t forget about the President in waiting, forget her name, that’s how much of a impression I get from her. Can’t wait till she’s in charge, I won’t have to worry about suicide, she’ll take care of it for us.

aluminum head
7 months ago
Reply to  Danny Estridge

Switzerland seems to be calling me more and more.

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