If you are reading the Detroit News political blog you are probably the sort of person that receives and possibly sends political e-mails. Below is one of the latest that I received.
Read it and weep, folks.
Welcome to America.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO CHECK THIS OUT ON SNOPES – IT MADE FOX NEWS WHICH YOU CAN SEE THE VIDEO BY CLICKING ON BELOW! PRETTY SCARY FOLKS!!!
This is really frightening.
They sneaked another one in on us.
New law makes it illegal to protest in Obama’s presence
This means that, wherever Obama is at, you do not have a right to ask him anything you want to. His secret service can have you arrested, fined, and imprisoned for more than a YEAR if you ask him something he doesn’t like. Sound like he’s more like Hitler than Lincoln to you?
WATCH AND BE AMAZED AT HIS LATEST ATTEMPT TO STAGE A TAKE OVER OF AMERICA …
Guess you’ve probably heard about this, but sending it on anyway. It’s probably the scariest thing this guy has done yet.
Are you aware of this new law, signed by “Obama” in early March 2012?
May the Lord have mercy on us!!!!
So there you have it. The president is at it again. He is butchering the constitution.
Of course the president can’t act alone on this. He would need Congress to approve such a bill before he could sign it into law. Obviously Republicans wouldn’t want to give this president any additional power, especially a power that would limit the constitution. To their credit House Republicans put up quite a fight with a full 2 members voting no. Yes, this bill barely squeaked by with a 388 to 3 margin.
The reality is this is much ado about nothing. This bill is a slight tweak of a bill passed back in 1971. There is a change in verbiage making it incrementally more likely that anyone, including protesters, at an event with Secret Service could be arrested.
Now you may think this is just another example of a liberal blogger going after something Fox News is trying to drum up into a story but it should be noted that the Huffington Post and Slate also hate this bill. They think it is an attack on the Occupy movement. Go figure – the only thing that Congress can agree on for the past three years raises the ire of the pundits on both the left and the right.
Is it possible that protesters of high profile individuals will be forced to stand at a greater distance when protesting than before? Sure it is, but let’s not act like this is some sort of sweeping change that will suddenly end one’s right to free speech. With today’s social media and never-ending news coverage, proximity is not required to make your point. It may make you feel good to call the president a liar to his face but if you think that any of these people who have the power to enact change will be swayed by some tool with a blow horn, you are sadly mistaken.
Having said that, if you feel this is still an egregious power grab by the president or Congress, feel free to cross the line into the restricted area that the Secret Service has established and you will get the chance to argue your case before a judge, where decisions regarding constitutionality are made.