Sit Down. Shut Up.

Furious headerThe Legislative push to keep you quiet.  And Compliant.

Republicans greeted the election of Barack Obama with the wise counsel and universal respect necessary to give his agenda a fair chance to succeed.  Of course that’s horse puckey; they proudly fought him at every turn.  They fought based on both real policy differences and paranoid delusions, for things he did and didn’t do, but fight they did.  And they probably weren’t wrong to do so… they were the opposition and “fighting the power” was at least part of their job.   It’s part of our job as citizens as well.  The various flavors of Tea Party protests before and during the Obama years were citizens expressing their discontent with the policy and direction of their government as they understood it… one doesn’t have to agree with their positions to recognize their right, even their duty, to protest.  Now the shoe is on the other foot and the Republicans face street protests from millions as well as much-smaller-but-still-loud protests at town halls and constituent events.  Their response?  They aren’t looking for policies that could unite, they aren’t even maintaining a dignified silence as they proceed with their agenda.  RestOfNewsletterThey’re making it criminal to speak out.  As Trump’s law-and-order train pulls into the station, it’s bringing with it increased powers of police and private security, decreased protections for individuals and group protests, and plans to squash dissent rather than address it.  So sit down, shut up, and get Furious as we bring you a closer look at some of the laws, both proposed and enacted, designed to enforce your compliance to The Man…

Court Says Police Dogs Can Maul Innocent People, Josh Gay on Ring Of Fire, Mar 2017

‘Sit down! Quiet!’: Watch Trump’s heated exchanges with reporters in his longest press conference as president, Emmanuel Ocbazhgi in Business Insider, Feb 2017

Republicans are about to let telecoms sell your internet browsing history — for your ‘protection’, Travis Gettys on RawStory, Mar 2017

Across the Country, a Republican Push to Rein In Protesters, by Mitch Smith and Michael Wines, Mar 2017

You Can Support Cops Without Condoning The Murders Of Black Children, The Zero Hour, Mar 2017

Senator Al Franken Demands To Know Why FBI Is Investigating Dakota Access Pipeline Protestors, Ring of Fire, Mar 2017

Arkansas Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Ban Howard Zinn From Classrooms, by Andrea Germanos on Common Dreams, Mar 2017

FBI Thinks Standing Rock Protesters Might be Terrorists, Josh Gay on Ring of Fire, Mar 2017

Conservatives forget history in discrediting Trump protesters, by Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco on The Hill, Nov 2016

House Republicans Vote To Shield Dangerous Corporations From Consumer Lawsuits, Gary Bentley on Ring of Fire, Feb 2017

The Trump Administration’s Lies About Voter Fraud Will Lead to Massive Voter Suppression: Twenty-one states are now considering new laws to make it harder to vote, by Ari Berman in The Nation, Feb 2017

Republican Lawmakers in Five States Propose Bills to Criminalize Peaceful Protest, by Spencer Woodman in The Intercept, Jan 2017

A New Ballot Initiative Would Require Oregon Voters to Prove Their Citizenship Before Voting: It could plunge Oregon into the center of national voter-suppression efforts, by Nigel Jaquiss in Willamette Week, Feb 2017

Arizona Republicans Have A Plan To Make Protest Illegal, by Laura Clawson on Daily KOS, Feb 2017



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