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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 wonder how many of the Sovereign Citizen types are boldly going about their “1st amendment audits” during this time?

      Sanddog in reply to windbag. | April 15, 2020 at 9:44 am

      My town has one. He’s done a couple of “audits” in the last few weeks. He only really ran into trouble when he decided to film people entering the hospital for possible coronavirus testing.

    SuddenlyHappyToBeHere | April 15, 2020 at 9:45 am

    No surprise here. Never forget that this is North Carolina. There are monuments to Confederate generals. More that 100 still stand. Monument to secession and trying to preserve slavery.

    Never forget that it is, notwithstanding the influx of Northerners, a State full of crackers. Get out of Charlotte with all its banking business and you will find the descendants of slave owners everywhere. And they still have their cracker attitudes.

    These cops just reflect the state motto, ‘Once a Cracker, Always a Cracker”.

    texansamurai | April 15, 2020 at 11:18 am

    No surprise here. Never forget that this is North Carolina. There are monuments to Confederate generals. More that 100 still stand. Monument to secession and trying to preserve slavery.

    ah, the words above from yet another brain-washed twit/apologist

    the monuments to which you refer(and we have many here as well) exist to honor the bravery/sacrifice of those involved–on both sides of the conflict

    honor, or more specifically valor, exist independent of the reasons/intentions of any particular conflict

    is obvious from your comments that you are unfamiliar with honor or valor so would suggest you follow clement’s advice
    and remain silent

    From Article I of the NC Constitution: Sec. 12. Right of assembly and petition.

    The people have a right to assemble together to consult for their common good, to instruct their representatives, and to apply to the General Assembly for redress of grievances; but secret political societies are dangerous to the liberties of a free people and shall not be tolerated.

    These people were not part of a secret society like the KKK so they were within their rights as Tar Heels to assemble and apply to the General Assembly for redress of grievances.

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