The Arizona legislature is out to curb the activities of the Resistance (I assume), but doing it in the most ham-handed way they can without water cannons and sound weapons.

SB1142 expands the state’s racketeering laws, now aimed at organized crime, to also include rioting. And it redefines what constitutes rioting to include actions that result in damage to the property of others.

Alright.  The first argument I want to make is that these crackdowns on protests are the trend and will eventually be the norm.  It’s not Trump’s fault but yes, the American people are in an authoritarian mood and sick of seeing chaos beamed into their living rooms every night.  This law is coming from the same place as the North Dakota law that says it’s okay to accidentally hit a freeway protester with your car (I do happen to support that one) and all of those felony charges for Inaugural rioters (okay, I liked that too).

This is a law-and-order era and all the bad and good that comes with it.  We’ll talk about that a lot on this blog.  Until, of course, we’re put in orange jumpsuits and sent to GTMO for pick-a-reason.

The other argument I have is that this particular measure is wrong and going to suck a lot of innocent people into jail, naturally.  The real goal as I see it is that this law could potentially result in the destruction of entire movements and organizations who happen to be on the wrong side of it.  Laws like these in the wrong politicians’ hands are insanely dangerous.

“What’s that? Someone was having an open-carry protest and a fight broke out?  Was the NRA involved in any part of the planning?  CIVIL FORFEITURE OF ALL NRA ASSETS!”  I don’t think I’m exaggerating about the implications, do you?

I’m not a paranoid libertarian type, but this is too much even for me.  The sinister goal here is unusually more obvious than such sinister things usually are.

6 comments

  1. George Soros belongs in prison for some of the crap he’s been involved with. If that’s not racketeering on a grand scale, I don’t know what is.

    Also RIP Bill Paxton. And I thought 2016 sucked.

  2. There definitely are some violations under existing federal law I think you could tie Soros and some other protest organizers to where the tactics have been either illegal or resulted in rioting. I’m just uncomfortable extending RICO to organizations that aren’t expressly criminal, but political. It’s very touchy.

    Bill Paxton, man….I just rewatched Weird Science last weekend. Chet is my favorite character in the whole movie. Funniest damn performance in the whole thing.

    Wapner died too, if you didn’t see that one. He was 97, so it’s not quite as shocking, but yeah, this year is looking like another punishing one for our collective childhood.

  3. I’m hearing about what a mess it was and I am enjoying that. I never watch the Oscars though. I don’t want to see their shitty movies and DEFINITELY don’t want to watch them stand around and congratulate themselves on their shitty movies in between lecturing us about what hateful monsters we all are.

  4. This is a gradual creep, just like the abuse of imminent domain and the militarization of the police. Its going to come to a head eventually and wont be pretty. Meanwhile, stock up on ammo while you can 🙂

  5. It’s an authoritarian age, alright. Americans are increasingly leaning toward “safety” over “liberty” whenever a clear choice is presented.

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