Descending a slippery slope towards self-defense in NH | Opinion

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Growing up during the height of the Cold War, children believed that Communist spies were gleaning information everywhere to sabotage America.

US Senator Joseph McCarthy built his political career from a questionable incident in the Whitaker Chambers pumpkin patch that led to the perjury conviction of government official Alger Hiss.

McCarthy’s congressional hearings turned citizens against their neighbors.

The German government in the 1930s passed a law that required individuals to report anyone who spoke against the Nazi Party, its leaders, or the government.

The technique of pitting citizens against citizens and family members against each other is not new and is generally used to create chaos for political forces to seize power.

In general, most civilized societies want justice to be consistently delivered by their government’s justice system through laws and sanctions established without individual prejudice or vengeance.

Most civilized societies do not want someone – through intimidation or threat – to determine their own laws and punishment. It is self-defense and it ultimately leads to anarchy.

For several years, non-governmental militias have patrolled the country’s southern border with Mexico to prevent immigrants from entering the country.

Militias traveled to Nevada to support Cliven Bundy in her quest to block the government’s attempt to raise money for personal gain through the use of state-owned land and in Oregon where her son Ammon led a far-right group’s occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, saying the federal government is obligated to turn federally owned land back to the states.

Recently, a right-wing militia hatched a plan to kidnap the governor of Michigan for “locking down” the state during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cutting of your choice

This year, Texas passed the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the country and included a provision offering rewards of up to $ 10,000 for successfully bringing a civil action against anyone who assists a woman with an abortion. – after six weeks of pregnancy, a time when many women do not yet know they are pregnant.

The provision not only turns citizens against citizens, it is also a way to circumvent a woman’s constitutional right to abortion established by the Roe v Wade decision of the United States Supreme Court because the government does not. do not apply it, unlike citizens.

Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Texas law, and another anti-abortion law is in place if it fails to convince the court to allow greater restrictions or overturn. the initial decision.

Texas law will be introduced in the 2022 General Court legislative session in January. The proposed restriction follows this year’s ban on abortion after week 23 of pregnancy, the first in New Hampshire since the Roe Vs. Wade ruling.

The ban included in the state’s $ 13.5 billion biennial budget would also subject a healthcare provider to a Class B felony if he knowingly performs an abortion after a woman’s 23rd week of pregnancy. .

A Class B felony carries a prison sentence of three and a half to seven years. The new law sets fines between $ 10,000 and $ 100,000, much higher than the Class B fines in the Criminal Code.

It is criminal responsibility. The law also provides for a civil action against the doctor with a much lower level of conviction.

Under the Civil Actions Act section, the patient, the father of the fetus if the woman is married, and the maternal grandparents would all be allowed to sue the health care provider.

The provision allows for monetary damages for all psychological and physical injuries.

The medical provider could face criminal and civil lawsuits which could be very costly and lead to increased insurance premiums for health organizations performing abortions, which is likely the intention.

Another bill, passed by the House, but returned by the Senate, would require medical professionals to provide appropriate and reasonable medical treatment to any born alive fetus.

The bill would impose a Class A felony on health professionals who fail to comply with the bill’s prescriptions, punishable by seven and a half years in prison or more and impose a mandatory reporting requirement on health professionals if a doctor is breaking the law.

This bill will come back to the Senate during the 2022 session.

A dangerous precedent

The budget package also contained a provision that would expand further opportunities for bounty hunters.

Much-debated “Critical Race Theory” Bill, which has turned into an “anti-discrimination” provision enforced by the state’s Civil Rights Commission, prohibits teaching that a group inherently discriminates another, or whether it is higher or lower.

Last week, the Education Department announced that it had set up a web page to file a complaint if a parent believes a teacher has broken the law or their child has been discriminated against.

Parents, guardians and teachers can file complaints.

The state’s two largest teachers’ unions were dismayed, with one calling it a war on teachers.

“Totally innocent teachers could lose their teaching licenses for allegations that are not supported by any evidence,” said Deb Howes, president of the American Federation of Teachers of New Hampshire. “(Department of Education Commissioner Frank) Edelblut has declared a war on teachers, a war the overwhelming majority of NH’s parents will find repugnant.”

National Education Association-NH president Megan Tuttle said the agency was trying to block an honest discussion of the nation’s history.

“Politics with the future of our children has now gotten out of hand in New Hampshire with this kind of self-defense tactics and we call on the governor to immediately speak out against the price tag on our dedicated educators,” Tuttle said.

If you’re wondering how this is going in today’s busy political environment, all you need to do is check out The Free State’s Twitter account.

“Public school teachers who teach Critical Race Theory in New Hampshire will now lose their jobs and licenses,” the site reads, though “Critical Race Theory” was never taught in state elementary and secondary public schools.

The Moms for Liberty NH went further on their twitter account. “We have $ 500 for the person who successfully catches a public school teacher breaking this law.

Students, parents, teachers, school staff. . .We want to know! We will guarantee anonymity if you wish, ”the tweet read.

The choice of words is revealing. The “catch” involves guilt and tend to view teachers as a game.

It’s a very slippery slope as lawmakers are heading towards a state-sanctioned vigilante.

A student may have a bad grade in a history class, want revenge, and convince their parents that they are being discriminated against.

Who will determine whether the complaint is legitimate or not?

Are we again turning our neighbors into unproven communists?

When Governor Chris Sununu allowed restaurants to reopen dining rooms after the initial closure to combat the spread of COVID-19, he imposed a number of restrictions, including capacity constraints and other security measures sanitary.

But he said in a press conference that he didn’t want people to be snitches when a company didn’t follow guidelines.

With the Sununu budget package enacted into law, snipping teachers and health professionals is rewarded, but not OK for business owners.

It is not a message the state should send to anyone.

Distant Dome by veteran journalist Garry Rayno explores a broader perspective on State House and State events for InDepthNH.org. Contact him at [email protected]


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