WATCH: Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson Says People Who Mock Members of Congress Should be Prosecuted
Quick refresher for people who care: the First Amendment protects us all from idiot members of government like Frederica Wilson who want/said/made a series of stupid sounds about "people who mock members of congress should be prosecuted." That's not how America works, honey bunny. Let's roll tape:
Let's pretend for a second that Representative Wilson really meant to say "people who threaten members of congress deserve to be prosecuted." Because threats are illegal. In that case, fine and dandy, no arguments here. No one should be threatened with acts of violence.
Except those were not the sounds that came screeching out of Wilson's mouth. Representative Wilson said "people who mock members of congress should be prosecuted." Then proceeded to talk about how un-American it is to mock members of congress while combining mockery with threats of violence.
It is actually rather an American idea to mock people in power. Case in point: Frederica Wilson is an idiot with terrible fashion sense who should be made into all the political cartoons. Come and arrest me while I wave my pocket Constitution in your puffy squish face. If I had a dog as ugly as you, I'd shave its butt and make it walk backward. Name that movie.
It is a rather leftist idea to conflate mocking with threats of violence. Which means Representative Wilson didn't make a blunder at all. She said exactly what she thinks and feels: mocking is violence, violence is illegal, ergo mocking is illegal.
Mocking is mocking. Threats of violence are threats of violence. Mocking is not incitement. In no way was my calling Frederica a dog's anus a threat of violence. I was making fun of her by referencing a classic film from my childhood. And no, it's not a race thing. I'd make fun of her whatever race she was. That's how equality works.
Here's how the First Amendment works: