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Friday, July 21, 2017

Marco Rubio Sponsors Bill to Fine You $1Million if You Trade with Israel

By Tom Rhodes, 7/21/2017

No that’s not hyperbole, if the bill he’s sponsoring becomes law, you choose to boycott certain companies, you can be fined up to a Million bucks. It will be a crime not to do business with Israel. This may be the most insane law ever proposed. What’s sick is that the bill is supported equally by both the Republocrats and Demicans.

As reported in The Intercept, congress is proposing the criminalization of political speech and activism if it involves boycotting one of their biggest contributors, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee ( AIPAC). I have nothing against Israel, but more importantly, I will defend your right to do business with whomever you please, and not to do business with whomever you please for whatever reason you choose. It’s called liberty.

Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S. 720), may quite possibly be the most insane federal law ever proposed. The sick thing is has bipartisan support from both statist parties. A group of 43 senators — 29 Republicans and 14 Democrats — wants to implement a law that would make it a felony for Americans to support the international boycott against Israel. Perhaps the most shocking aspect is the punishment: Anyone guilty of violating the prohibitions will face a minimum civil penalty of $250,000 and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison. Along with ultra-leftist senior Democrat in Washington, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, his New York colleague Kirsten Gillibrand as sponsors is none other than Florida’s own Marco Rubio.

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports that the bill “was drafted with the assistance of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.” Indeed, AIPAC, in its 2017 lobbying agenda, identified passage of this bill as one of its top lobbying priorities for the year. It is now beyond question that our government wants to outlaw opinions and ideas and legal actions that aren’t approved by the state. The corrupt seem to believe that forcibly preventing criticism is going to somehow magically make badthink go away. Be it a boycott of Israel, or speaking out against socialism on campus, or publically noting the facts that homosexuality is unsafe and unhealthy. These kind of laws are not only unconstitutional, but will intensifies existing hostilities and creates new enemies out of those who were previously neutral.

Meanwhile, some co-sponsors seemed not to have any idea what they co-sponsored — almost as though they reflexively sign whatever comes from AIPAC without having any idea what’s in it. Democratic Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan, for instance, seemed genuinely bewildered when told of the ACLU’s letter, saying, “What’s the Act? You’ll have to get back to me on that.”

1 comment:

  1. Nothing new here. Since the 1970's the US Government has told you who you can boycott and who you can't despite all the allusions to individual liberty. Odd how Israel has always been the protected entity in these laws. ...

    "In the 1970's the United States adopted two anti-boycott laws; the Ribicoff Amendment to the 1976 Tax Reform Act (TRA), and the amendments to the Export Administration Act passed in 1977. These laws were created to "encourage" companies to refuse to participate in foreign boycotts that the U.S. does not sanction. It is a federal criminal offense under U.S. anti-boycott laws for any U.S. person to knowingly participate in another nation's boycotts or embargoes of third countries. These laws specifically prevent U.S. companies, citizens, overseas subsidiaries of U.S. companies, U.S. subsidiaries of overseas companies, as well as Federal, state and local governments from being used to implement foreign policies of other nations that run counter to U.S. foreign policy."