If Congress was to pass a law designed to place racial minorities into concentration camps in order to eventually exterminate them, the bill might be titled “The Great American Anti-Genocide Act”. It would define majority and minorty races, and provide some some sound-byte-worthy one-liner which reads: “The act of genocide is expressly prohibited with exception of special cases as outlined in section 504.”
The devil is always in the details. Congress might stipulate that in order for a minority race to become exempt from genocide, a given racial minority would have to collect the signatures of 20% of their race. This might be considered somewhat reasonable by most Americans — except for the pesky little line prohibiting signature collection hidden in another section of the bill.
Congress may not be attempting to kill racial minorities at the moment, but they are trying to kill political minorities using the tactics described above. From the Libertarian Party:
On February 1, congressional Democrats, led by Rep. Obey of Wisconsin, introduced a bill, H.R. 4694, that would end viable, third-party competition in races for the U.S. House of Representatives.
The bill, ironically named the “Let the People Decide Clean Campaign Act,” would mandate public funds (taken from the U.S. Treasury) to candidates for the House of Representatives and forbid candidates from taking private funds such as contributions from individual donors.
The ambiguously-written bill provides funds for candidates of the “two major parties” but essentially scuttles any campaign efforts of third-party or independent candidates.
For third-party candidates to be eligible for the same funds that Republicans and Democrats would receive, they would have to obtain enough signatures to exceed 20% of votes cast in the last election within their district.
The catch under the proposed legislation is that third-party or independent candidates cannot pay petitioners to collect any signatures, making it impossible to fund their campaigns.
H.R. 4694 is yet another attempt by our politicians in office to shut down Libertarian Party candidates and other competitive third-party and independent campaigns.
When it becomes technically illegal for oppositional political parties to run candidates for Congress, there can no longer be any claim of legitimate representation. When sizeable groups of people are no longer allowed to be represented on ballots, they will begin to represent themselves with bullets.
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