Have you heard of the Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Daniel J. Hunt? Have you heard about his newest proposed legislation? Chances are pretty good that if you’ve heard of his latest bill, then you’ve heard of him, or if you know the name, then it is likely because of this bill. Either way, if you are familiar and are also a red-blooded American, then you probably have found yourself in either one of two places. That being, either amused to the point of laughter or angry enough to bite nails in two.
While the first option is a reasonable and understandable reaction, there is such a thing as righteous anger. If it wasn’t such a serious issue, then it could be simply laughable. This, however, is a serious issue and it even goes beyond threatening our civil liberties. You know, like freedom of speech.
The proposed legislation we are speaking of comes from the desk of the Suffolk MA Democratic Rep, Daniel J. Hunt, who according to one report, is spearheading this Bill. That story shared the outline of this Bill that read:
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 in violation of this section, and shall be subject to the penalties provided in subsections (a) and (b). 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.
Did you notice that last part as well? If Jimmy sees Johnny call Jason the “b” word, uh-oh! Seriously? Unfortunately, it is all too serious as this legislation goes before a committee this week for hearing.
Let’s try to forget (if we can) for a moment, about the violation of our free speech – yeah, we know! And let’s think this through for just a second. So now, we can’t even lose our temper and curse at someone, even if they deserve it. So now, we won’t have to teach our children how to handle coarse language or being cursed at, instead, we will teach them to go run and tell someone. Does anyone else see a few fundamental flaws in these ideas?
We have never been a Nation of thin-skinned people, and that kind of people have many weaknesses. We come from a generation, and many generations before them, of parents who taught us how to stand up for ourselves and be strong. By the way, when did typical name-calling stop becoming part of “boys being boys” growing up? Now, if Mom caught you using the “b” word, you might get your mouth washed out with soap (or worse), but wasn’t that life… isn’t that life? If “home of the brave” means we can’t stand up against a few bad words, then how can we stand against fists, guns, and bombs?
So this crazy sonofab*tch wants to make it – criminal? To say “bitch?” Well, ain’t that a b*tch, better use them up while we still can!
Our story cited our genius lawmaker saying, “Any time a constituent approaches me with something that is of concern to them, I follow through with it… 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,” – apparently! Rep. Hunt, my neighbor has a dog that barks at night sometimes, and my feet hurt because I work so many hours, and my medical insurance is very steep, and my step-aunt snores loudly when she sleeps, and…
Go ahead Saint Hunt, fix all of my problems and concerns, “follow through with it.” Did someone actually go up to this guy and say, “sir, people keep calling me a bitch and it is destroying my life?” Where did the impetus and motive for this type of legislation even come from?
As the story went on to share, those thoughts were echoed by Cambridge civil-rights attorney Harvey Silverglate. Silvergate said regarding the Bill’s hearing, “If it’s challenged in court, it will take minutes for a judge to see through it… It doesn’t have a prayer of surviving, so why should the Legislature even burden us — the citizens, the press and the courts — why would they burden us with this nonsense? Surely they must have more important things to do,” you would think?
And I’ll be a sonofab*tch if they don’t!