By Duncan Smith
After a summer of rioting, looting, toppling of statues, and destruction of private, state, and federal property, the vast majority of Americans have had enough.
While most support peaceful protests and demonstrations (most Left-wing Democrats would also support censoring conservatives), Americans have been sickened and angered by the destruction.
Adding to the outrage is that in many of the Democrat-run cities where nearly all the rioting is taking place, Marxist prosecutors are refusing to file charges against people arrested by police for the violence and looting. Others they are simply letting go without so much as making the post bail.
So, not only are the cities being destroyed, the people committing the illegal acts of destruction are getting away with it.
The Trump administration has stepped up to prosecute as many people as possible who have allegedly violated federal laws in their actions.
That is going to have an effect because federal charges come with 10-year prison terms (and there is no parole in the federal system).
Now, one GOP lawmaker wants to make it even more painful for Americans who disregard the rules of civil society so they can burn and plunder the people’s property.
Republican Congressman Jim Banks of Indiana introduced legislation to strip coronavirus unemployment benefits and other federal welfare payments to individuals convicted of felony riot offenses. The Support Peaceful Protest Act was introduced in the House of Representatives on Friday.
The legislation would remove eligibility for buffed coronavirus unemployment benefits for anyone convicted of criminal conduct at and during the course of a protest. The federal government has been paying for buffed welfare payments in the duration of the coronavirus pandemic, and Banks raised concern that left-wing rioters are taking advantage of the welfare to embrace a lifestyle of full-time riot agitation and political crime.
The Support Peaceful Protest Act holds rioters accountable for their criminal activity.
Holding Americans accountable…imagine that.
'Antifa thugs are descending on suffering communities, disrupting peaceful protests and leaving violence, looting and vandalism in their wake. They turned Milwaukee, Seattle, and Portland into warzones, and now they're moving the chaos to Kenosha, Wisconsin. Who knows which community is next?' said Rep. Banks in a statement about the legislation.
'Due to enhanced federal benefits, taxpayers are giving wages to jobless rioters that are destroying our communities. We need to cut them off from their funding and make them feel the full financial consequences of their actions.'
This bill will never pass as long as Nancy Pelosi is speaker and her party controls the House. Ditto if the Senate were to fall in Democrat hands as well.
But if Republicans manage to keep the Senate and retake the House with President Trump reelected, tearing up a city because you think anarchy is fun will get a lot more costly.
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