The Following is a press release from Ken Fortenberry’s campaign. He is running against Rep. Patrick McHenry for the US 10th District Congressional seat.
Friday, March 16, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
McHenry votes against Free Speech, U.S. Constitution;
Washington politicians scaring public into becoming sheep. The U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights are being systematically ripped apart by Washington politicians, and U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry is one of the attackers.
A bill that passed in the U.S. Congress this week (H.R. 347) restricts the Constitutionally-granted free speech right of all Americans and makes it a felony to “enter or remain” in an area that government officials designate as “restricted.”
“This bill slaps every American right in the face and robs them of the freedom they are guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution,” said Ken H. Fortenberry, a Republican challenging McHenry in the May 8 primary. “For any American citizen to face a felony charge and a lengthy prison term for speaking out on any issue or politician is absolutely reprehensible.”
The law allows the Department of Homeland Security to designate a “building or grounds” where the president – or anyone protected by the Secret Service – to be a “restricted” access area if the event is deemed an event of “national significance.”
“This means that if a citizen shows up at an event where a presidential candidate is speaking or attends an event where a foreign official is present and shouts something they don’t like, the citizen could be hauled away in handcuffs to face a felony charge and jail time,” said Fortenberry. “This law is not only vague and overly broad, it clearly would not stand up to a Constitutional challenge in court,” said Fortenberry.
“The founders of our nation would roll over in their graves at how our Constitution is being trampled on by politicians who are afraid of public scrutiny and criticism. Under the guise of protecting our freedom, they are robbing us of our freedom, and we are letting them get away with it,” said Fortenberry.
“Mr. McHenry has once again turned his back on the Constitution and has sided with politicians and bureaucrats who are afraid to face the people who put them in office. This is the second time in less than a year that McHenry has sold us out. Last year he supported the National Defense Authorization Act which gives the president to authority to order any U.S. citizen anywhere in the world to be put behind bars indefinitely, without any charges or trial. The politicians are trying to scare the American people into becoming sheep and following them mindlessly while their rights are being stripped away.”
Fortenberry also lambasted the media for its lack of coverage about the legislation.
“I can’t believe that the media – the so-called protectors of our free speech – have sat on the sidelines and let this legislation become law without a peep of protest,” he said. “They ought to be ashamed of themselves for turning their backs on their responsibility to the First Amendment.”
I have always had my doubts about Rep. McHenry’s leadership abilities…but now I question his judgment. If you live within this map, please visit Ken Fortenberry’s website (linked above) and see if you think he has better judgment than Rep. McHenry. If you agree he does, Ken will need you to go vote in the May 8th Primary.