I have emerged from bar study to write a quick post inspired by a bit of legislative news my boyfriend sent me. This dispatch from hell world, called the Unmasking Antifa Act, may at first seem an incredibly alarming setback after the J20 victory. But while the bluster of this Act may turn into something truly horrifying deep in the recesses of the House Judiciary Committee (I highly doubt it given all the other contentious issues), at this point it is a bit of a chuckle in an otherwise dismal news cycle. The reason is pretty straightforward: it is mindbogglingly unconstitutional. Totally unconstitutional. So incredibly unconstitutional that even in the age of President Swiss Cheese Brain it is impossible to take seriously. Let’s dive in.
Liberals have been having a collective meltdown since the US presidential election made it that much more difficult for them to hide from their political ideas of formal equality and respectability imploding. The resistance, pardon the pun, has taken the form they love the most: collective, media-hyped outrage. From Russian hacking that is not actually Russian hacking to moderate rebels that are not actually moderate rebels, the party determined to stamp out “fake news” does not seem to have any qualms about using it for their own purposes, regardless of its source.