HB1159 Testimony - making Public Servants into a new "Protected Class" above citizens - Granite Grok

HB1159 Testimony – making Public Servants into a new “Protected Class” above citizens

free speech - speech suppression

TO: House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee

DATE: January 29, 2020

RE: HB 1159-FN – AN ACT relative to cyberbullying, cyberstalking, and doxxing of a public servant.

FROM: Kathleen LaBonte, <redacted>

Dear Chairman Cushing and Committee Members:

I begin my public testimony AGAINST HB 1159 by quoting Thomas Jefferson:

“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”

It is exactly this reason – the political ideologue tyrant’s will in the Democrat NH House and Senate majority upon We The People – that Governor Sununu has vetoed over 53 unconstitutional extreme bills that nip away at citizen’s unalienable rights. The NH Constitution, Bill of Rights, Article 10 (Right of Revolution) states in part:

Government being instituted for the common benefit protection, and security, of the whole community, and NOT for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men.

It would be sage for this committee to ITL this bill before you. It is yet another self-serving grossly unconstitutional piece of legislation that the Governor will surely put his red pen to in a veto. It is very discerning to taxpayers of the costs incurred for each bill that worked its way through the legislation process to know that if it landed on the Governor’s desk it would end up in the trash bucket. What is the mindset of those that want that kind of embarrassing defeat as their legacy? This legislation begs the understanding that this honorable committee is reviewing and voting on a bill that was crafted by those very legislators that went into the public domain and lied about GraniteGrok bloggers, with an effort to halt free speech in its track.

In closing, I leave this committee with another Jefferson quote:

“A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high duties of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of a higher obligation. … To lose our country by a scrupulous adherence to written law would be to lose the law itself, with life, liberty, property and all those who are enjoying them with us; thus absurdly sacrificing the ends to the means.”

Thomas Jefferson, to John B. Colvin, September 20, 1810

BY Kathleen LaBonte