Democratic Rep Calls For The Prosecution Of People “Making Fun” Of Members Of Congress

440px-Frederica_Wilson_official_House_portraitIf Democrat Rep. Frederica Wilson wanted to deter people from “making fun” of members of Congress, she went terribly wrong.  People are heaping scorn on her call for people to be  “prosecuted” for making fun of members.  Making fun of members is speech that is clearly protected under the First Amendment. Indeed, it is a practice going back to the founding of the Republic.  Wilson (who has been long teased over her elaborate faux jewel-encrusted cowboy hats) appears to moving from making breathtaking fashion to constitutional statements.

Wilson was upset about a Facebook group where Border agents allegedly mocked members of Congress, including New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  The site and the postings are being investigated

Wilson was outraged and declared

“Those people who are online making fun of members of Congress are a disgrace, and there is no need for anyone to think that is unacceptable. We’re gonna shut them down and work with whoever it is to shut them down, and they should be prosecuted. You cannot intimidate members of Congress, frighten members of Congress. It is against the law, and it’s a shame in this United States of America.”

Many of us have criticized President Donald Trump for his attacks on the media and calls for greater liability for reporters.  The media should be equally vigilant in calling out Democrats who engage in such reckless public statements.

Section 115(a)(2) of Title 18 covers threats against all Federal employees  when such threat is done “with intent to impede, intimidate, or interfere with” such Federal employee “while engaged in the performance of official duties, or with intent to retaliate against” such Federal employee.  That language has to be read in conjunction with the Constitution and exclude political or social commentary that constitutes opinion, including mocking or ridiculing politicians.

 

30 thoughts on “Democratic Rep Calls For The Prosecution Of People “Making Fun” Of Members Of Congress”

  1. All this is not the result of accident. It has a philosophical cause. Without the Constitution and the Union, we could not have attained the result; but even these, are not the primary cause of our great prosperity. There is something back of these, entwining itself more closely about the human heart. That something, is the principle of “Liberty to all” — the principle that clears the path for all — gives hope to all — and, by consequence, enterprize, and industry to all.

    The expression of that principle, in our Declaration of Independence, was most happy, and fortunate. Without this, as well as with it, we could have declared our independence of Great Britain; but without it, we could not, I think, have secured our free government, and consequent prosperity. No oppressed, people will fight, and endure, as our fathers did, without the promise of something better, than a mere change of masters.

    The assertion of that principle, at that time, was the word, “fitly spoken” which has proved an “apple of gold” to us. The Union, and the Constitution, are the picture of silver, subsequently framed around it. The picture was made, not to conceal, or destroy the apple; but to adorn, and preserve it. The picture was made for the apple — not the apple for the picture.

    So let us act, that neither picture, or apple shall ever be blurred, or bruised or broken.

    That we may so act, we must study, and understand the points of danger.
    President Abraham Lincoln’s Fragment on the Constitution and the Union

  2. Ladies (are there any left?) and gentlemen, may I have your attention?

    “Crazy Abe” Lincoln would like to say a few words.

    Go ahead, Abe.

    Ahem!

    “If all earthly power were given me,” said Lincoln in a speech delivered in Peoria, Illinois, on October 16, 1854, “I should not know what to do, as to the existing institution [of slavery]. My first impulse would be to free all the slaves, and send them to Liberia, to their own native land.” After acknowledging that this plan’s “sudden execution is impossible,” he asked whether freed blacks should be made “politically and socially our equals?” “My own feelings will not admit of this,” he said, “and [even] if mine would, we well know that those of the great mass of white people will not … We can not, then, make them equals.”

  3. You go, sista! You take my freedom of speech!

    “Crazy Abe” Lincoln voided the Constitution and the power of the legislative and judicial branches, seized power and ruled by executive order and proclamation as a psychotic, brutal, murderous, tyrannical dictator with homosexual tendencies until the “deep deep state” deemed him no longer useful and martyred him.

    Fraud and war monger Comrade Franklin Roosevelt furthered Lincoln’s eradication of self-governance and the Constitution by moving America comprehensively into communism, having paved the way for the “deep deep state” “money changing” central bankers to reap global-class war profits and establish a new world order for wealth – redistributed to central bankers.

    Americans have been re-subjugated under a rehabilitated phantom central banker monarchy, their rights and freedoms destroyed upon the abrogation of the Constitution and the imposition of communism, and we’re supposed to be concerned with yet another inane and oblivious iteration of “alms-for-the-poor” caterwauling – by dependent freed slaves and various and sundry other parasitic foreign invader hyphenates – constituting an order for the repeal and prohibition of free speech?

    It’s already gone, folks. It’s already gone. The singular American failure, since 1861, has been the corrupt Supreme Court.
    _______________________________

    “No person shall…be deprived of life, liberty, or property,…”

    – 5th Amendment
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    “Neither property rights nor contract rights are absolute.”

    – Supreme Court, 1937, Price Controls
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    “Who you gonna believe, me or your (own) lyin’ eyes?”

    – Chicolini Marx
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    Who are you going to believe, the convoluted and incoherent nonsense of subjective, biased and corrupted Supreme Court Justices or the written words of the Constitution?

  4. How can you impede anything that doesn’t exist. I see no evidence of intimidation when simply pointing out they aren’t doing anything or by pointing out what they are doing is nothing more than making a mockery out of that which they are supposed to be supporting and defending

  5. Hey it’s not my fault they comical and sound stupid. That’s the fault of the people who voted these jokes into office. It’s also not my fault they don’t the first thing about being a citizen of our country. but it’s what you expect from foreign ideologists who have no legal status in our Constitutional Republic. Try getting one of those black robed dictators in the 9th circuit to make sense of nonsense. They don’t like my opinion of their ineptitude try getting an education.

  6. Our tax dollars are paying for her ridiculous hats…..that makes me happy.

  7. She must want to lock up at least half the country.
    She herself might attract less ridicule if she’d wouldn’t wear the Halloween costume year round, and avoid making crazy statements like prosecuting people for making fun of politicians.

  8. She has absolutely garish taste. Bedazzled hats and sequins belong on Broadway and are not flattering. She described loving hats from her grandmother’s era, but what she wears is too childish for her age and responsibilities. Trying to criminalize fashion criticism is equally childish. Rather, she can take one of two roads. March happily to her own fashion tune and just ignore the naysayers, or get a makeover to learn better taste.

    The garments we wear is a flag we wear, a nonverbal communication, be it a guy with pants pulled down to his thighs or a nicely tailored suit. Both are intended to send a clear message.

    She’s lucky conservatives don’t ascribe to the logical fallacy of cultural appropriation, as she doesn’t even ride.

    1. “The garments we wear is a flag we wear” – I didn’t edit that correctly. Should be “the garments we wear is a flag we fly”

      1. Cultural appropriation is a fallacy. Humankind has shared fashion and inventions since before woven cloth and the wheel.

        However, if she believes in cultural appropriation, then people who don’t ride shouldn’t wear Liberace cowboy hats.

  9. Angry narcissist. She wants R-E-S-P-E-C-T but is disinclined to conduct herself in a manner which might earn her some, actual, respect.

  10. Her photo just makes me want to whoop loud and clear “YAHOO & YIPPIE-KI-YAY!

  11. There is no shortage of stupid BS congressional members of both parties say and do.

    Why is JT wasting his and our time writing about it?

    1. Why is JT wasting his and our time writing about it?

      We’re gonna shut them down and work with whoever it is to shut them down, and they should be prosecuted.

      Critical-thinking is not your strong suit, is it? Would you be asking the same ignorant question if that were a quote from President Trump?

  12. Knew that she was a Democrat as soon as I saw the picture.

    Knew that she was a stupid Democrat when I read her words.

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