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    First Amendment Fail — Raleigh Police: “Protesting is a non-essential activity”

    First Amendment Fail — Raleigh Police: “Protesting is a non-essential activity”

    Damn right it’s an essential activity! Our basic rights do not go away during a pandemic!

    Our Founding Fathers never once said that the rights given to us by our Creator go out the door in the case of a viral pandemic.

    In other words, the Constitution still exists and it still protects us from tyrants.

    The Raleigh Police Department had the nerve to tell someone on Twitter that protesting is a non-essential activity.

    I misspoke before when I said that the Constitution only applies to the federal government. I forgot that the 14th Amendment makes the Bill of Rights applicable to the states through the Due Process clause of said amendment.

    So what the actual fuck, Raleigh police?

    Just in case they delete it and so you can read it again:

    How do I fascism? Where is Occupy Wall Street? Where is Antifa?

    More importantly, how the hell do I Constitution?! The First Amendment specifically 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.

    The right to protest and freely assemble is absolutely an essential activity!

    Do you know why the Founding Fathers added the freedom of assembly into the amendment? The tyrannical English monarchy also did not find protesting or freedom to assemble an essential activity. Quaker William Penn faced charges for simply preaching in public in 1670. The jury found him innocent, but it made the citizens realize that they have a right to assemble.

    Then right before the Revolutionary War, the monarchy made the British forces use their power to restrict protests after Parliament passed stupid taxes.

    The British forces did just that. In 1770 these forces committed the Boston Massacre. The British army quickly ended protests in New York and *gasp* North Carolina.

    The monarchy was not blind and knew the colonists could get rowdy. MOAR LAWS. The government tried to discourage future protests by implementing more asinine acts known as the Intolerable Acts here in America: Boston Port Act, Massachusetts Government Act, Administration of Justice Act, and Quartering Act (an expansion of the previous Quartering Act.)

    You better believe it pissed off the colonists. Instead of cowering and admitting defeat, the colonists got together and rebelled.

    The behavior by the Raleigh police department and the North Carolina government should piss off everyone. The shit that the government on all levels passed and forced down our throats during this pandemic should piss off everyone.

    The government at any level has no right to tell us what to do even when it’s supposedly for the common good.

    “Assessing the situation.” Bitch, please. People want to go back to work. They want to earn a living and provide for their families.

    As I’ve said before. You want more libertarians? This is how you get more libertarians!


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    I will guarantee if there was a large minority presence there would be no police action.

    2smartforlibs | April 14, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    Brute squad, meet Bill Barr DOJ

    Subotai Bahadur | April 14, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    I am reminded of an old song, to the tune of an even older song called “Jefferson and Liberty”.

    The Night of Fire is yet to come,
    The Tyrant’s Shadow down the years,
    Demands we kneel or take the gun,
    And go shed Blood instead of our Tears.”

    The fools who are making peaceful seeking of redress of grievances impossible, are going to convince people that such is never possible. If the First Amendment can be voided simply by an official’s declaration, then the game is very, very different and in a way that the official is not going to like.

    Subotai Bahadur

    Albigensian | April 14, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    Umm, in this case I’d have to differ. The police may be ignorant, and Constitutional rights are not optional, but government does have the right to restrict the time, place and manner of speech. Just so long as the restrictions are consistent and not dependent on the content of that speech.

    And it’s a good thing, too. For otherwise you’d have no recourse if/when someone parked a sound truck under your bedroom window and blasted away (something or other) at you all night long.

      alaskabob in reply to Albigensian. | April 14, 2020 at 7:23 pm

      I would disagree but time, place and manner can be so warped as to be useless. OK… 1 AM, in a small muny parking lot and only when shuffling feet. Demonstrations are to be seen and heard… only constraint is “peaceable”.

      4fun in reply to Albigensian. | April 14, 2020 at 9:01 pm

      We’ve seen that in action in California and other places where they restrict the access to a venue and allow antifa free rein to assault the attendees.
      Or they charge a huge police and insurance premium for the speaker to have the stage.

      Barry in reply to Albigensian. | April 14, 2020 at 9:57 pm

      There are laws against disturbing the peace. That covers your window unless you happen to live in the town square where you will just have to put up with citizens voicing their opinions.

      Obie1 in reply to Albigensian. | April 15, 2020 at 10:34 am

      I believe the 2nd would take care of that

      DaveGinOly in reply to Albigensian. | April 15, 2020 at 2:25 pm

      Someone else, I see, who conflates rights with crimes because they sometimes bear a superficial resemblance to one another.

    MrSatyre | April 14, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    Remember, kids! The police are your friends! ?

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