“Catholic” Democrat U.S. Representative Linda Sanchez has proposed a bill that would ban so-called “cyber-bullying.” According to World Net Daily:
At Wired.com, in a report labeled “Threat Level,” writer David Kravets criticized the plan to demand “up to two years in prison for those whose electronic speech is meant to ‘coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress.'”. . .
The plan is labeled the Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act, after the 13-year-old Meier, whose suicide last year reportedly was prompted by a woman who utilized the MySpace social networking site to send the teen critical messages. . . .
Wrote a contributor to the Wired forum page, “If passed, this legislation could be easily abused with the effect of criminalizing all criticism. You probably [couldn’t] even criticize the legislation itself because it would cause Sen. Sanchez emotional distress or possibly be considered a form of intimidation.”
OK, even if we look at the direct intent of the law, it’s a violation of subsidiarity. They would make it a federal crime to bully? Sure, there need to be stronger laws against bullying–at the local level. But this open-ended wording clearly suits a higher agenda.