In the usual classic overstepping that Wisconsin (and most) Republican politicians do, one of the first antics done so far in this new legislative session is to directly attack the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.
Apparently parroting the usual phony claptrap about attacks on “freedom” from the Tea Party crowd doesn’t include inflicting draconian rules that show for all to see that their concern about freedom only applies to their ability to squash freedom for those that don’t agree with their plastic astroturf Koch Brothers marching orders.
All with most legislation done with this Republican crowd, they apparently don’t see how what they do know will come back to haunt them when the tables are turned.
Debate heated up over new rules for visitors in the Assembly galleries. Those rules were introduced by Vos and Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder, R-Abbotsford.
The new Assembly rules say visitors may not use “audio or video devices to record, photograph, film, videotape, or in any way depict the proceedings on or about the assembly floor.” And Assembly visitors are prohibited from using cellphones or pagers, reading newspapers or other printed materials, eating food or drinking beverages, displaying signs or placards, carrying bags or briefcases, or wearing hats.
The new rules also say that anyone who engages in “a prohibited action” may be removed from the galleries and not be allowed back in for 24 hours. For a second violation during a two-year session, that person would be barred from the galleries until the next regularly scheduled floor period, and for a third violation the person would not be allowed back for the remainder of the legislative session.
Democrats warned that the new Republican rules would infringe on free speech.
“Something you seem to forget, the First Amendment is as important as the Second,” Rep. Peter Barca said.
Since the freedom of speech is directly attacked as one of the first matters at hand for the new Legislature session, it should be appropriate to remove all American flags from the Legislature chambers unless the value of the American flag is merely for decoration, as if the flag is a cloth with a pattern that means nothing.
There may be ways to protest these actions with duct tape over mouths, clothing or glasses that help make memories last forever.