The backlash against protest demonstrations has begun

Fueled by the endless protests against the election of Donald Trump and others such as Occupy Wall Street, Republican legislators in 16 states have been introducing legislation intended,  according to the New York Times:

to make protests more orderly or to toughen penalties against ones that go awry. Republicans in two other states, Massachusetts and North Carolina, have said they will file protest-related bills.

Occupy Chicago protesters, who marched from downtown Chicago, arrive at Union Park in Chicago. (Zbigniew Bzdak, Chicago Tribune)

Occupy Chicago protesters, who marched from downtown Chicago, arrive at Union Park in Chicago. (Zbigniew Bzdak, Chicago Tribune)

Some bills might be unwise, if not unconstitutional. This is a big mistake. Politically and in Republicans' own interests.

Remember the Tea Party demonstrations? The ones that birthed a movement that resulted in a Republican White House and Congress. Remember former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and his use of the "nuclear option" in Senate confirmations, a move that bit Democrats in the ass by allowing Republicans to more easily confirm Trump's right-wing cabinet appointments.

Get used to it, Republicans. Stop the whining. Because someday, always, the shoe goes on the other foot.

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  • What needs to happen is that if you protest you should not be covering your face. Why on earth would you do that? Are you scared someone is going to find out you were there? Are you scared that ICE is going to get you? or will you be trashing the city like they did in D.C. and have the taxpayer money cleaning up the mess. Just suck it up for now he is in for at least 4 years. Please enjoy the ride.

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