Look up the bill on thomas.loc.gov or do a Google search for Senate Bill S.1959. (Or House Bill H.R. 1955.) There, guised under an anti-terrorism title, is perhaps one of the greatest threats to our liberties to come along in many, many years. It threatens freedom of speech as well as the right to keep and bear arms:
SEC. 899A. DEFINITIONS.
In this subtitle:
- COMMISSION- The term `Commission’ means the National Commission on the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism established under section 899C.
- VIOLENT RADICALIZATION- The term `violent radicalization’ means the process of adopting or promoting an extremist belief system for the purpose of facilitating ideologically based violence to advance political, religious, or social change.
- HOMEGROWN TERRORISM- The term `homegrown terrorism’ means the use, planned use, or threatened use, of force or violence by a group or individual born, raised, or based and operating primarily within the United States or any possession of the United States to intimidate or coerce the United States government, the civilian population of the United States, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.
- IDEOLOGICALLY BASED VIOLENCE- The term `ideologically based violence’ means the use, planned use, or threatened use of force or violence by a group or individual to promote the group or individual’s political, religious, or social beliefs.
While this sounds innocuous, let’s break this down.
Under definition #2, this website could be considered “violent radicalization” depending upon the judge that hears the case. Who defines what an “extremist belief system” is? Some people would define a return to constructionist Constitutional principles “extremist,” and this website is certainly designed to advance political and social change. If Bill Clinton can try to change the definition of the word “is”, what about “ideologically based violence”? Would a deluge of faxes to a congressman’s office be considered violent? What about advocating tens of thousands of people sending bricks to their congressmen with notes saying “build the wall”?
Under definition #3, if this country gets to the point of tyranny, to the point where the People need to overthrow the government as we are entitled to do, anyone advocating such action (and, arguably, anyone keeping or bearing arms for that purpose) will be guilty of “homegrown terrorism.” Let us recall the preamble of the Declaration of Independence (emphasis added):
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
Fortunately, this bill has not yet passed. There is still time
Use The Mailbox to call, write, or fax your Senators, and encourage others to do the same. The House version of the Bill, H.R. 1955 passed the House of Representatives with a vote of 404-6, but we still have the opportunity to kill this heavy-handed legislation in the Senate. Tell the Senators that we have more than enough “conspiracy to commit” laws on our books to prosecute these people, and that liberty-stripping legislation like S.1959 and H.R. 1955 are over the top.