“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 above words compose the first amendment of the Constitution of the United States. It was considered the most important addendum to the law of the land.
“A responsible public official shall, not later than 15 minutes after learning of a mass traffic obstruction in the official’s jurisdiction, dispatch all available law enforcement officers … with directions to use any means necessary to clear the roads of the persons unlawfully obstructing vehicular traffic,” the bill states.
If this doesn’t sound like a violation of the section which states, “or the right of the people peaceably to assemble,” I must have lost all command of the English language.
Was this law enacted by Indiana in anticipation of protests against a Trump/Pence presidency? It would appear so.
We know that more than 1,500 groups are organizing protests across the United States, and that number may have grown since I last researched it. It is highly likely that the largest number of protests will occur in the state Mike Pence formerly governed, Indiana; the city in which Trump lived, New York; and our nation’s capital.
However, they will not be limited to those three areas. A ‘woman’s march’ will be held here, in downtown Reno in support of the thousands who will be in Washington.
Normally, today is a day of celebration in Washington; that’s far from the situation there today. The city, which overwhelmingly voted for Hillary Clinton, is experiencing fear and anxiety, and the mood is very somber.
Trump hates free speech, and therefore the first amendment. Our founding fathers are shuddering at the thought of Indiana’s law which is an effort to support Trump’s fascist regime.
Trump is going to be very surprised; only rich, white Americans will stand, raise their right arm, and shout : “Sieg Heil; Heil Trump. Most real Americans will join the revolution.
By James Turnage
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