Those of you who came of age in the '60s like me understand the title on this post. It's quote from the cartoon strip, Pogo, that most of us enjoyed for its wit and satire. Unfortunately, it's become all too true again with the the House of Representatives' passing of HR 1955 decisively. What I don't understand is that the press isn't screaming over this bill which has the potential to put reins on freedom of the press and freedom of speech -- a gross violation of our Constitutional rights! The bottom line is that under this law, if passed, stating your opinions publicly, vocally or in writing, could land you in jail! Doesn't this smack of Nazism and Communism? Do you really want to live in a country where you cannot speak your mind?
Consider the millions and millions of people who came to our country -- many of whom are our relatives and ancestors -- to escape such restraints. If for no other reason, supporting this bill with your silence is an insult to them and their legacy.
Under this law the following could happen:
1. No more demonstrations for equal rights, anti-war or other causes.
2. No more strikes or picket lines.
3. No more letters to the editor criticizing the government.
4. No more editorials in the media disagreeing with the government.
5. No dissent with goverment policy whatsoever under threat of fines or imprisonment.
6. No more blogs.
7. Witch hunts a la those conducted in the 50s by Senator Joe McCarthy.
I realize that this list is short and the ramifications of this bill reach infinitely further but I think I made my point.
We are in danger of losing our most precious freedoms and I am angry. I think I was about 14 when I read George Orwell's classic, 1984. This bill tells me that if I don't love Big Brother that the Thought Police will get me and to me, that's a LOT scarier than the bogey man I was afraid of as a toddler. Unfortunately, I'm beginning to believe that Orwell was right -- he just missed the date by a few decades.
I am beseeching you, gentle bloggers, to click on the link above and read the bill. Please take a stand and write your Congress Critters and anyone else you can think of and tell them, in no uncertain terms, that HR 1955 is unacceptable and a gross violation of your rights under the Constitution.
My friend Scarlet over at Another Day in Paradise has a powerful "Happy Thanksgiving" post about how glad she is that she and her parents came here from Cuba. I think it makes an excellent commentary on why we don't want or need HR 1955.
Go on over to Time Goes By (If you haven't been there already) and check out the links on this travesty.
In closing, I'm going to quote my own comment at TGB because it truly illustrates how I feel about this legislation.
"Well, I guess I don't have to worry about how
I'm going to live in retirement anymore -- I'm going to federal prison and y'all will be paying for my keep because I reserve my right to free speech under the Constitution. This law violates at least 4 amendments: the 4th, 5th, 8th
and 14th and that, in my mind, is a mortal sin.
James Madison said, "If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land,
it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."
Our Founding Fathers were wise and forward-thinking men. Its time we stop playing fast and loose with the wonderful gift that is their legacy: The Constitution of the United States."
Please think about this and follow your conscience but remember that if you do nothing, you're letting the idiots win and losing your freedom.