Anti-Bullying law goes after First Amendment...

cyberbullying1This story is an example of the kind of shit our elected officials are spending their time dreaming up (as opposed to figuring out where the cash leaks are… something that our increasingly bankrupt public institutions seem to be less and less worried about for some reason) that should be keeping each and every one of us up at night…

According to four Senators from the state of New York, the 1st Amendment is a gift given and regulated by the State and not the natural right endowed to each of us for no other reason than by our birth as humans.

According to an article in the Tech Herald:

Four New York State Senators, who recently released a report on cyberbullying, argued that free speech - in all its protected glory - should be viewed as a state granted privilege. They want to put further restrictions on the First Amendment, in order to protect the children.

Tinternet-cyber-bully-children-598x903-198x300he report, “Cyberbullying: A Report on Bullying in a Digital Age” was published in September by the Independent Democratic Conference. This group includes Democratic NY State Senators David Valesky, David Carlucci, Diane Savino, and Jeff Klein.

They propose several changes to the law, with a focus on cyberbullying, and leverage existing legal rulings, which already restrict free speech in the cases of harm, to explain why they should be accepted with little debate.

“Some pessimists have made the case that cyberbullying laws such as this one are a waste of time and money because they are reactionary rather than preventative. They may give officials the ability to charge bullies under a specific law, they say, but at that point the damage has already been done. These people have also argued that education is the most effective means for creating change...But all the Driver’s ED classes in the world have not stopped reckless driving, and awareness training alone won't put an end to cyberbullying either,” the report explains.

The goal behind the Bill- other than in all but wiping their asses with the Bill of Rights- is intent on making clear definitions for the terms “Bullying” and “Cyber-Bullying” (for the purposes of prosecution) as well as installing harsher penalties for the acts of cyber harassment, cyber stalking, and bullying.

cyberbullying-fistAccording to the Senators’’ report:

“Some pessimists have made the case that cyberbullying laws such as this one are a waste of time and money because they are reactionary rather than preventative. They may give officials the ability to charge bullies under a specific law, they say, but at that point the damage has already been done. These people have also argued that education is the most effective means for creating change...But all the Driver’s ED classes in the world have not stopped reckless driving, and awareness training alone won't put an end to cyberbullying either…

Specifically, the bill would do two things: (1) Expand the crime of stalking in the third degree to include cyberbullying; and (2) expand the crime of manslaughter in the second degree to include the emerging problem of Bullycide…”

“…the bill does not require that the offender initiate the communication. Further, it clarifies that a single electronic communication can be considered a "course of action" if it is directed at a child under the age of twenty-one years and transmitted to multiple recipients - even if the child is not one of them…”

(For those of you wondering, the term Bullycide is a term describing a suicide brought about as a way to escape bullying.)


Freedom of Speech????

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Nevermind the madness behind “Bullycide” or any of this other touchy feely mish-mash bullshit being put in place thanks to the predictably American trait of unreasonable knee jerking to whatever the latest cause celeb that our Society’s squeaky wheels have decided to harp on and on about…

The fact that these four cunts have the audacity to try and curb the Freedom of Speech for any reason should be both terrifying and infuriating???

cyberbullyingAnd make no mistakes about it… While this law is being proposed in order to keep children safe (the best way people have found to motion through unpopular legislation I might add), this law has no other purpose than to eventually go after each and every one of our 1st Amendment rights…

Also taken from the report:

Proponents of free speech have long argued that a society that puts people on trial for things they have written or said is no longer a truly democratic society. The power of the word has been undisputable; it has been essential to preserving democracy and, in fact, its founding premise was to preserve the exchange of ideas.

A “market place” where citizens could sort through beliefs and ideas, which best resonated with them and discard those that did not, thereby allowing for the creation of an ever-evolving, open society. Moreover, they contend that freedom of speech is a recognized as a human right under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

And yet, proponents of a more refined First Amendment argue that this freedom should be treated not as a right, but as a privilege – a special entitlement granted by the state on a conditional basis that can be revoked if it is ever abused or maltreated. British philosopher John Stuart Mill long argued that “the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm from others.”

His “harm principle” was articulated in an analogy by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841–1935), and still holds true today: “The right to swing my fist ends where the other man’s nose begins” or a person’s right to free speech ends when it severely infringes upon the safety and well-being of another…”

Bully Shmully

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All this nonsense is being done in the name of keeping kids from killing themselves because of the desperation being brought about to them by the roving packs of jock and cheerleader led packs of clear skinned beautiful people that wander the halls of our nations high school terrorizing gay kids (make no mistake, the reason behind this and other laws like this is GLAAD and other gay and lesbian groups).

So desperate are this nation’s picked on by the cat calls and taunting Facebook messages that there was no other solution than the Final One…

Why is it that instead of trying to create environments where- like with smoking and race relations- you teach children more productive solutions to social problems than something as final as suicide is never the answer we insist on glorifying each and every sensecrycircleless loss with Lady Gaga tributes and state wide days of remembrance ???

Might that not be the best way to try and deter an action in which the base motivation is to make a statement and get attention?

Not that I am not saying that we should be turning blind eyes to kids being picked on or top justify bullying as some sort of rite of passage or anything crazy like that…

No one should ever have to go through their school day in terror…bullyng

I’m just saying that there are already laws in place to handle such infractions (both within the school systems and within the various municipal laws) and that the ill effects of such actions is already something that all those involved are well aware of.

Go ahead... Try telling a cop or teacher that some kid in your sixth period is fucking with you and you feel scared for your personal safety and see if he blows you off or mutters some horrible piece of old school bully advice (as stated here before, sometimes when you stand up to bullies you learn that they can really fight).


Damn that Slippery Slope…

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Of course, no controversial law would be complete without it’s own terrifying conspiracy theory…

How long before this law is either moved to cover adults of all ages (which would be easy enough to do being that the law is already in place) or interpreted to include political speech?

We know it is something that our current political classes already engage in…

We can already see signs of that bringing in our current political climate, what with the chants of “racist” to anyone getting a little too close to bullying20magic20showhome in his’/her’s complaints about the man.

Would it be so hard to convince a room full of elected officials that are already known to be corrupt political criminals that this law needs to be extended to go after people (who might happen to be their constituents at some point) because it disagrees with what she feels her government is turning into?

Lock n’ Load people…

Winter is coming…