Jail for the BDSers

So the GOP can’t repeal Obamacare, but it looks like they might be able to pick up enough bi-partisan support for a bill that makes it illegal to support the BDS movement or any other anti-Israel boycott. I guess the sentiment is okay. I like Israel and I hate the BDS movement, which hates Israel. Israel is obviously better than any of the other regimes out there in the Middle East, most of which are ruled either by autocrats or Islamists (or autocratic Islamists). But the First Amendment protects speech. If you care about the Constitution (as many of the bills supporters claim to do), then you can’t support this bill in good conscience.

And yet, this bill has 45 cosponsors, 31 of whom are Republicans and 14 of whom are Democrats. I am most disappointed in Sens. Ted Cruz and Ben Sasse, as I never thought either of these outspoken constitutionalists would sponsor a bill that flagrantly violates the First Amendment. Shame.

Both of my state’s senators are also cosponsoring the bill. I’ve never actually called my senator’s office before, but I think I might go ahead and do that to express my opposition. If your senator is on this list, maybe you’d like to do the same:

Sen. Portman, Rob [R-OH]*03/23/2017

Sen. Nelson, Bill [D-FL]03/27/2017

Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL]03/27/2017

Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ]03/27/2017

Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME]03/27/2017

Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT]03/27/2017

Sen. Graham, Lindsey [R-SC]03/28/2017

Sen. Young, Todd C. [R-IN]03/28/2017

Sen. Boozman, John [R-AR]03/28/2017

Sen. Isakson, Johnny [R-GA]03/28/2017

Sen. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI]03/28/2017

Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT]03/30/2017

Sen. Perdue, David [R-GA]03/30/2017

Sen. Roberts, Pat [R-KS]03/30/2017

Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS]03/30/2017

Sen. Hoeven, John [R-ND]04/04/2017

Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX]04/04/2017

Sen. Fischer, Deb [R-NE]04/04/2017

Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV]04/24/2017

Sen. Moran, Jerry [R-KS]04/24/2017

Sen. Crapo, Mike [R-ID]04/24/2017

Sen. Cantwell, Maria [D-WA]04/24/2017

Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA]04/25/2017

Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV]04/26/2017

Sen. Schumer, Charles E. [D-NY]05/01/2017

Sen. Ernst, Joni [R-IA]05/01/2017

Sen. Hassan, Margaret Wood [D-NH]05/08/2017

Sen. Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [D-NY]05/09/2017

Sen. Lankford, James [R-OK]05/16/2017

Sen. Burr, Richard [R-NC]05/17/2017

Sen. Donnelly, Joe [D-IN]05/23/2017

Sen. Scott, Tim [R-SC]05/25/2017

Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX]06/05/2017

Sen. Manchin, Joe, III [D-WV]06/05/2017

Sen. Strange, Luther [R-AL]06/05/2017

Sen. McCaskill, Claire [D-MO]06/06/2017

Sen. Thune, John [R-SD]06/12/2017

Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR]06/12/2017

Sen. Sasse, Ben [R-NE]06/15/2017

Sen. Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE]06/26/2017

Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO]07/12/2017

Sen. Sullivan, Dan [R-AK]07/12/2017

Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA]07/18/2017

Sen. Tillis, Thom [R-NC]07/19/2017

Sen. Cotton, Tom [R-AR]07/19/2017

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