Note: This article contains the use of language that might be considered crass. Reader discretion is advised.
Democrats have become so comfortable with controlling language in America that they are now moving to make certain words illegal.
The First Amendment notwithstanding, Massachusetts state Rep. Daniel J. Hunt is looking to ban the word “bitch” and is willing to put folks in jail, if necessary, should they defy his proposed law, according to the Boston Herald.
The Democrat’s legislation is titled, “An Act regarding the use of offensive words” — no creative acronyms from this authoritarian, apparently.
“A person who uses the word ‘bitch’ directed at another person to accost, annoy, degrade or demean the other person shall be considered to be a disorderly person,” the bill says. “A violation of this subsection may be reported by the person to whom the offensive language was directed at or by any witness to such incident.”
The Herald reported that disorderly conduct penalties begin with a $150 fine for a first offense and $200 or 6 months in prison for subsequent offenses.
Hunt’s justification for filing the bill? Because a voter in his district asked him to — meaning, that must have been one deep-pocketed constituent.
“Any time a constituent approaches me with something that is of concern to them, I follow through with it,” he told the paper. “In this instance, someone asked me to file a bill that they deemed was important and I thought it was a good exercise to let that bill go through the process.”
And Hunt stands by the decision.
— Dan Hunt (@RepDanHunt) October 22, 2019
Why not? While it eschews the U.S. Constitution, that old, outdated document does not carry much weight in today’s Democratic Party, and the move ensures plenty of publicity with the added benefit of pandering to women.
Speaking of the Constitution, Cambridge civil-rights attorney Harvey Silverglate told the Herald that the bill fails to pass muster.
“There’s a certain category of legislation that’s patently unconstitutional. This is among them,” Silverglate said. “This is just the latest futile effort but the word police to control what other people say and indirectly control what they think.”
The Massachusetts Republican Party took advantage of the opportunity to mock the opposition party.
“Beacon Hill Democrats like [Dan Hunt] are fearlessly taking on the biggest problems facing the commonwealth,” read a tweet from the state party.
— MassGOP (@massgop) October 21, 2019
Naturally, a bill to ban the word “bitch” is going to evoke plenty of responses that employ the phrase:
People must frequently call him “bitch”
— Jeff Semon (@JeffSemonMA) October 21, 2019
Frankly, I think anyone who would bring a bill like this to the judiciary is a bitch.
— Gerard DiFiore (@JerrkyD) October 22, 2019
So dumb. Its really a bitch move.
— Jamie McDonald (@JamieMc24213300) October 22, 2019
— RockinDad72 (@UPpaulie) October 23, 2019
Here’s a sampling of other more G-rated responses from Twitter:
I keep hearing Democrats aren’t trying to ban speech
— Hans Dancin (@HansDancin) October 21, 2019
I’m not Republican, but this one of the dumbest bill proposals I’ve ever read.
— Stu (@MrPickles212) October 22, 2019
I can see the meeting now at @massdems
“Ok gang, we have a ton of momentum. Trump and everyone associated with him is corrupt as hell. Baker just banned vapes for some stupid reason. How do we put the nail in the GOP coffin?”
“I know! Let’s attack free speech!”
— Steve Beans (@BigBrotherBBJ) October 22, 2019
Obviously the Massachusetts legislature has solved all of the other larger problems affecting the citizens of the Commonwealth…..
— SECRET SQUIRREL (@SecritSqrl) October 21, 2019
I keep hearing that it’s the Republicans that want to take our freedoms…but i keep seeing the Democrats do exactly this.
— Jeff Hilario (@Jeff760J) October 21, 2019
This is also sexist. What about calling someone a “dick” in a derogatory manner? Wouldn’t that be equally as offensive? It’s a slippery slope, which is exactly why we have the 1st Amendment
— Gerard DiFiore (@JerrkyD) October 22, 2019
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