Brrr… what’s that chill?
The idea of “riot boosting,” though, is new, and opponents argue that what could constitute it is unclear. What if a person donates to a GoFundMe for protesters’ supplies or shelter, or supports protesters on social media? Could those people, even if they did not intend to incite violence, be held liable for future damages?
[Governor’s lobbyist Matt McCaulley] said he could not answer to these hypotheticals, and that each case would differ based on the facts [Sarah Mearhoff, “South Dakota Legislative Committee Pushes Through Keystone XL Bill Package Despite Tribes’, Activists’ Concerns,” Mitchell Daily Republic, 2019.03.06].
The tribes, the ACLU, and other constitutionally minded Americans are deeply concerned that Governor Kristi Noem’s rushed fake-emergency anti-protest bills will turn anyone expressing opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline or offering verbal or material support to activists involved in fighting a foreign corporation’s invasion of our land. Posed with hypotheticals exploring that possibility, the Governor’s lobbyist doesn’t allay our fears. He doesn’t say, “Liberal snowflakes are freaking out for no reason. This bill does not target any non-violent, Constitutionally protected speech.”
The Governor’s man gives us a Trumpian wait and see.
Governor Noem treats First Amendment rights as unanswerable hypotheticals, and the Legislature rushes to pass her bills in less than 72 hours.
And then a vote. SB 189 passes with 53 YEA – 13 NAY – 4 EXC. pic.twitter.com/Yx423oirRn
— Libby Skarin (@Libby_ACLUSD) March 7, 2019
Republican legislators say they are worried our university campuses are not doing enough to protect free speech. But they line up immediately behind the Governor to deny free speech rights used to oppose a foreign corporation’s oil project.
That, my friends, is corporate fascism. I welcome all suggestions for legal action to reverse this fascist regime’s actions and restore the First Amendment in South Dakota.