I really hate to use the word UnAmerican, so let’s just say I can hardly imagine anything more unconstitutional and unpatriotic. Public dissent is essential to the functioning of democracy. For example, no-one would have noticed Dr. King and the civil rights movement if they hadn’t disrupted businesses.
A Republican Washington state senator who supported Donald Trump is proposing a bill that would slap an â€œeconomic terrorismâ€ label on protest activities already prohibited by law and dramatically intensify their penalties.
The proposed bill would allow police to charge protesters who â€œblock transportation and commerce, cause property damage, threaten jobs and put public safety at riskâ€ with a class C felony. Ericksen said strikes and picketing would still be permitted.