The massive ocean of protestors that descended on Washington D.C. last weekend to protest the confirmation of accused rapist Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has sent a shiver of fear down the spine of the right-wing.
Terrified at the prospect of possibly facing consequences for their open embrace of accused sex criminals and plutocratic class war against everyday Americans, the right-wing media machine has kicked into full gear to demonize the “progressive mob” that suddenly is out to get them.
Aghast, pearl-clutching thinkpieces are being churned out at a record pace by the very same ghouls who spent the past month using every trick in the book to excuse and whitewash Brett Kavanaugh’s many sins while turning a blind eye to the president’s history of inciting violence against protestors and the barrage of death threats from Trump supporters that immediately greet anyone who dares to be critical of the president.
While the war of empty outrage is being waged in the pages of The Federalist and on FOX & Friends, the Trump administration itself is coming close to implementing a dastardly plan to sharply curtail the public’s ability to protest in Washington D.C.
The proposal would:
✓ close 80 percent of the White House sidewalk
✓ put new limits on spontaneous demonstrations
✓ open the door to charging fees for protesting
We'll keep saying this: Dissent. Is. Patriotic. https://t.co/8fS09YJB2l
— ACLU (@ACLU) October 10, 2018
The National Park Service filed a set of new regulations in August that would shut down the space in front of the White House for the purposes of protest, banning stages and sound systems for rallies, and charging unreasonably high fees for protest permits that would put an undue burden on the public’s First Amendment right to protest and to express free speech.
ALERT: The Trump administration has a plan to drastically curtail protests in DC, shutting down space in front of White House, charging massive fees, & banning stages & sound systems for rapid-response demonstrations. Deadline for comments? Monday, Oct 15: https://t.co/kCxYhMu8Rd
— Ben Wikler (@benwikler) October 11, 2018
The ACLU warns that “Fee requirements could make mass protests like Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic 1963 March on Washington and its ‘I have a dream’ speech too expensive to happen.”
There are only FOUR DAYS for you to send comments urging the NPS to not implement these new rules. If you want to do your part to make sure they don’t change the rules on us and keep us from exercising our rights, submit your comments at this link.