by JAZZ SHAW
Cancel culture has arrived in Congress in a big way. Well, to be fair, it’s been there for a while now, but Florida Democratic congresswoman Stephanie Murphy is really upping her game in this regard. New proposed legislation from Murphy would prevent anyone who participated in the January protests and riot on Capitol Hill from being eligible for a security clearance. Further, she would impose a similar ban on anyone who participated in any “stop the steal” rally or anyone who knowingly engaged with Q-anon. Given that a security clearance check is required for virtually every person applying for a federal job (and many state or municipal jobs) or enlistment in the military, Murphy would be banning an entire class of people from public service even if they never engaged in any violent activities. (Big League Politics)
Murphy, who is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, has recently proposed a bill that would prevent members of the ‘Stop the Steal’ movement along with subscribers to ‘QAnon’ from being able to obtain security clearances. Security clearances are a necessity for Americans who wish to join the US Military and also a requirement to obtain a number of federal jobs.
This bill would essentially bar any American that has rallied in support of President Trump post-election or publicly voiced concern about election fraud from being able to hold a job in the Armed Forces or any federal law enforcement agency.
This proposal was initially reported at The Daily Beast.
The legislation, titled the Security Clearance Improvement Act of 2021, requires applicants looking to obtain or renew their federal security clearances to disclose if they participated in the Jan. 6 rally in Washington—or another “Stop the Steal” event—or if they “knowingly engaged in activities conducted by an organization or movement that spreads conspiracy theories and false information about the U.S. government.
This level of attempted government repression is breathtaking in its scope. As a rule, anyone who is convicted (and that’s a key word) of having breached the Capitol building on January 6th and committing acts of vandalism or attacks on law enforcement officers will likely disqualify themselves from obtaining a security clearance. (And hence, a federal job in most cases.) The same is true for all serious offenses, though you can generally receive a waiver for misdemeanors and minor violations. No new legislation would be needed to make that happen.
But this bill is something entirely different. It would effectively criminalize every person who showed up for the rally and remained out in the streets protesting. The same would go for the hundreds of other rallies held across the nation in the preceding months. Further, depending on how the legislation is interpreted, if you ever engaged with Q-anon believers on social media or other discussion groups, you could be similarly canceled from working in the public sphere.
What Murphy is proposing here is nothing less than a huge raft of thought crimes that Americans could be punished for without ever having broken the law.
Her idea is called a “Bill of Attainder,” in that she’s singling out individuals based on ideology.
The US Constitution outlaws all bills of attainder.
The First Amendment would have to be done away with for her legal employment restrictions to be put into practice, too.
Up until now Americans have the freedom to assemble and associate with who they please without their future employment being affected.
But, hey, Lefties will continue to push this envelope until they get complete power over all in everything.
I would agree that anyone engaged in violence should be flagged. Of course, I don’t recommend singling out any ideology… or excluding any, as Murphy does.
Meanwhile, the idiot Biden signs an executive order promoting (so he says) equity.
@Nan G: Democrats don’t care about the Constitution. They trample it at every opportunity. The 1st Amendment is already barely surviving. Why is it always only the left which seeks to silence or punish speech?
This is the very same Democ-Rat Party Some Hollywood Airhead said was OF THE PEOPLE,BY THE PEOPLE and FOR THE PEOPLE shows what little these Hollywood Airheads know about whats beyond their own fancy Neighborhoods
but wait, Trump is back:
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Trump has been reinstated as president so Democrats in Congress can be sure the impeachment trial will be constitutional.
Trump will resume serving as president effective immediately so that Democrats can vote on the article of impeachment filed against him.
“We must make Trump president again so we can constitutionally impeach him again,” said Chuck Schumer. “It’s the only way to be sure. Normally, we don’t care about the Constitution, of course, but when you’re talking about impeaching Trump, we have to make sure we get it just right.”
Democrats everywhere approved of the move, saying they have had nothing to live for since Trump left office last week.
“I had all these protest signs and nothing to protest,” said Portland-area BLM activist Jacob Brier excitedly as he got on his gas mask. “We tried firebombing the local DNC headquarters, but it just wasn’t the same. Sure, we could protest Biden starting new wars, but it’s more fun to protest war under a Republican president. Feels more righteous-y.”
enjoy the bee