Virginia Democrats File Bill To Make Online Criticism of Elected Officials a Crime – HB1627

May 21, 2020

If any person, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass any person, shall use a computer or computer network to communicate obscene, vulgar, profane, lewd, lascivious, or indecent language, or make any suggestion or proposal of an obscene nature, or threaten any illegal or immoral act, he shall be is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. A violation of this section may be prosecuted in the jurisdiction in which the communication was made or received or in the City of Richmond if the person subjected to the act is one of the following officials or employees of the Commonwealth: the Governor, Governor-elect, Lieutenant Governor, Lieutenant Governor-elect, Attorney General, or Attorney General-elect, a member or employee of the General Assembly, a justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, or a judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia.

If anybody online want to “coerce, intimidate, or harass any person…(or)…make any suggestion or proposal of an obscene nature, or threaten any illegal or immoral act…”

What is the definition of all these terms?  It’s it calling for the guillotine, or just calling them a dummy?  Is calling for their removal from office considered harassment?  Is it an immoral act to say you want to march on the capital with baseball bats wrapped in barbed wire?  Yeah, that last one…likely so.

But back to the point.  No definitions means they can and will twist anything you say online to fall into their jurisdiction.  And after the first few people go away for online ‘thought crime’, people will just stop speaking out against the tyrants.  Historians will tell you they’ve seen this play out in totalitarian regimes around the world.  Millions of people end up dead.

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