Republican Senator Susan Collins called the police after worried citizens left a chalk message outside her home urging her to protect women’s rights.
The terrifying message of utterly unacceptable anger that the police demand reads:
“Susie, please, Mainers want WHPA —–> vote yes, clean up your mess,” reads the message, according to a Bangor police report cited in Bangor Daily News.
“WHPA refers to the law on the protection of women’s health, which would codify the right to abortion into law and prohibit restrictions on access to abortion.” An “unknown person or persons” wrote this on his sidewalk, “suggesting a police response”.
Citizens dare to express themselves on a legislative act to someone they pay to represent them to legislate for them. Honestly, what will they want next?
Bangor police spokesman Wade Betters noted: “The message was not outright threatening.”
The plaster was laid on Saturday and disappeared on Monday afternoon. How does plaster.
“We are grateful to the Bangor police officers and the city public works employee who responded to the disfigurement of public property in front of our home,” Collins said.
When calling the police with chalk seems a bit much, and it does, leave it there for a moment because it perfectly captures the ring’s current reaction to women protesting the leaked Supreme Court draft overturning Roe based in part on the thought of a man who sentenced two women to death for being witches.
By DC insiders Bill Kristol to Paolo Begala, men were utterly outraged that women would dare to speak out as their rights to full personality are locked in. (President Biden expressed support for the peaceful protests.)
The men on the ring road (and probably Andrea Mitchell again, although I have not witnessed this because I follow a strict diet to avoid shaming older women) agree on one thing, and that is that women should not protest in front of The home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
The man who was not even vetted has 4,500 FBI points against him left intact and not investigated because the Trump administration limited the “scope” of the FBI’s investigation into the man credibly accused by multiple people of assault. sexual – this man has a right to his … privacy. While he overturns the right of women to privacy.
This man is now voting to take away women’s rights, which is why women didn’t want a possible rapist in the Supreme Court. Rape is all about control and there is nothing a rapist seeks more than total control. Forcing women to endure the outcome of a rape for 9 months and then live with any decisions afterward is pure success for the rapist.
But peacefully protesting at home and in the place of worship of justice is rude and uncivilized, they reproach.
It doesn’t matter that the The Supreme Court erected a fence to prevent protesters from exercising their first amendment rights to seek redress from their government as soon as their draft of The Handmaid’s Tale was leaked. Should women … just be political?
And it is so with this reasoning that we see chalk messages as threatening. Chalk, used by children on pavements to play, which washes away and is harmless, is the Great Threat.
You might remember Tea Party members carrying assault weapons to city halls to protest the Affordable Care Act, or more recently when Republicans cheered when the man was not acting as president called the National Guard against protesters and not. appealed to the National Guard as his own supporters attacked the United States Capitol with the intention of assassinating President Nancy Pelosi and “hang ”then Vice President Mike Pence. Five Capitol officers died after the 1/6 terrorist attack on our capital, which the Republicans dubbed “tourism”. Four of them later died of suicide.
So you can see how plaster – angry and dangerous plaster! – must be put down.
Plaster is considered “graffiti” by many states. However, in 2013 the The ACLU won a defining victory in Minnesota “,Crushing public sidewalks is protected talk, under the Minnesota ACLU agreement. “
Susan Collins hasn’t held a town hall in over 20 years
How should your constituents communicate with Collins? The Republican senator has been classified as a “missing member” since Congress Accessibility Report 2019, who reported that as both sides held more and more town halls, Senator Collins is a “missing member” who did not show up at a public town hall in Maine for …
… More than 20 years.
Twenty years without a town hall and she’s trying to criminalize plaster.
News week reported of the senator, “Although he has publicly praised the value of the city halls from said that such meetings are a “direct and genuine democracy” that “rejects the idea that wealth determines political discourse” hasn’t appeared in a town hall in her state since her early years as a senator.
Collins, elected in 1997, told a preference for smaller, private individual meetings with its constituents “.
Collins prefers SMALLER PRIVATE meetings with his constituents. Note: this does not include chalk posts.
Why are we forced to discuss the finer details of what is considered protected speech? For the same reason the Supreme Court focuses on disclosing their draft instead of defending its content. On all fronts, there has been a push from the Republican Party towards silencing the protected speech that is critical of the government, while working to allow incitement speech when it serves their purpose.
Collins is a Republican. His party refuses even to vote yes on a bill to prevent people on the terror suspect list from buying a weapon in this country, as children are being massacred in their schools on a horribly consistent basis.
But when it comes to defending the overturned Roe, they falsely claim that their motive is to “protect life” – by that they don’t mean women’s lives – our lives are irrelevant under this draft and women will die from medical treatment. intended for ectopic pregnancies and more. It should make sense that, with so much work on this draft, women feel the need to be heard and, indeed, they should actually have this right in this country.
Susan Collins voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, citing that he respected precedents and would not let his “personal beliefs” interfere with his judgment. (I think we can all agree that Judge Kavanaugh has shown little judicial temperament throughout his life, but Collins claimed to believe him.) Days ago, the Republican Senator from Maine expressed shock that Kavanaugh and Gorsuch had deceived her about their position as Roe.
Collins, who claims to support women’s right to live and receive medical care of their choosing, does not advocate killing the filibuster to codify Roe and has not voted for the Women’s Health Protection Act.
There is hardly anything the “moderates” of Maine can do, you see. I mean, yes, he could vote to protect women’s lives, but that would really be a stretch. In the meantime, be warned: Don’t cast your first amendment rights outside his home just because he refuses to hear you in any other format. This is a bridge too far.
Congress will not pass any law respecting a religious institution, or prohibiting its free exercise; o shorten the freedom of speech or of the press; or the right of the people to assemble peacefully and petition the government for redress of grievances.
There’s a free speech silencing going on here, and it’s endorsed by a troubling number of DC elites, who are supposed to be telling the truth in power, but have instead focused (again!) On silencing the downtrodden.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder / chief editor of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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