It’s the day after “Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day,” and you may be wondering, “What now?” In other words, just how effective is it that we all blogged about wee Brett yesterday if everything now goes back to normal and we all go back to whatever we usually post about?
Remember how the Tea Party took to the streets for some big demonstrations, and then they didn’t? And the left started saying, Hey! The Tea Party’s dead! They must be dead, because they aren’t out in the streets demonstrating anymore.”
The Tea Party people weren’t on the streets anymore because those early demonstrations were designed to meet other like-minded people, face-to-face. The goal was never to permanently “occupy” the public square, like our good friends on the left are wont to do. No, the goal was to meet, to realize we were a greater force than even we might have realized, to make connections and then go back home to our communities to do the scut work of actual politics.
Well, now that the day which brought us all together is over, we need to get started on the real work of slaying a dragon. We’ve brought him out of his cave and into the light. Now it’s time to deal the metaphorical killing blow. What might that be, you may ask, and well you should. Ace has some thoughts:
My belief is that this will not be “won” by publicity.
Publicity without action? What’s that? So Brett Kimberlin is a bad man. He knows he’s a bad man. His public-record convictions demonstrate he’s a bad man.
His associates and donors probably know he’s a bad man — and they probably appreciate having a Bad Man to do their Dirty Business.
No, this will be resolved by either judicial action or legislative action. In a court of law, or an Act of Congress, or an act by a state government.
So what can you do?
If you are interested in seeing justice and Free Speech prevail, please write or call your Congressman (or a nearby Congressman, or a Congressman known to be responsive to abuses by the left, if you think your own Congressman won’t act).
Write to him and ask him or her for the following tangible steps, or any other steps he might think prudent:
In addition to reading his record into the Congressional Record, to finally end this absurd contention that it is now apparently illegal to mention the facts laid out in US federal court records, there is tangible legislative action that can be requested:
* That a 501(c) “charity” must certify its principals and employees are not engaging in harassment, intimidation, or attempts to punish free speech, on pain of perjury if this is false.
Will Brett Kimberlin’s business partners and co-principals sign such a certification?
* That a 501(c) principal conducts his legal affairs through a licensed lawyer and not pro se (on his own behalf) unless he can demonstrate that he is indigent.
See, 99% of lawyers would not put their license at risk for frivolous crap like this. Kimberlin can because he has no law license to lose. He represents himself, as as is his right as a citizen… but then, he has no right to run a 501(c). I think a 501(c)’s principals can be slightly burdened to have their suits signed off by a real lawyer, who can face sanctions for false or vexatious litigation against Free Speech.
* That they urge the FBI and DoJ and IRS investigate this matter, as well as possibly-related crimes of intimidation of Free Speech, such as Patterico’s and Mike Stack’s SWATting.
Are those related? We don’t know. It would be nice to know, however.
* That the Government Oversight Committee (or whichever committee is proper) hold hearings on the possible abuse of 501(c) charities for uses against the public interest.
* That Congress stiffen penalties (or add them) such a punitive damages and possibly inductive relief against anyone attempting to use harassment and intimidation to suppress Free Speech. And that they add a law which permits a judge to rule that a litigant bringing vexatious lawsuits with the purpose of chilling free speech be henceforth required to post a large bond before suing, and to have his lawsuits signed off by a lawyer or judge before filing.
Let’s also ask our Congressmen to look into JTMP’s and Velvet Revolution’s financial records. How is it Brett Kimberlin has the means to pursue all the nuisance suits he files when he claims to be making less than $20k per year in salary?
Look, this guy is an expert, apparently, at hiding assets and using front groups/businesses to launder his money. That’s what the police were initially looking at him for, back in the 1970s. Someone like that may very likely STILL be doing the same thing now.
Congress has the power to end it. Congress has the power to end the way the left abuses 501c organization status. And they should. It’s time for Media Matters and every other “tax exempt charitable” organization run by the left to prove they’re running legitimate charities.
You and I blogging won’t fix this; but you and I seeking redress of our grievances to our congressmen can. Let’s do this thing, people!
Update: A couple of links to yesterday posts which are important –
When you contact your congressmen, you might want to include a reference to the fact that SWATing for the purpose of keeping someone from exercising their first amendment rights is against the law.
The pertinent quote from J. Christian Adams’ post:
18 USC 241 prohibits intimidation against Americans for exercising free speech rights. The statute says:
If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.
You might want to include that statute when you contact your congressman and Senators.
I wonder if any donor to JTMP and/or Velvet Revolution would be considered a party to violation of this statute? I guess that would depend upon how much donation money wee Brett and his merry band are spending on their nuisance suits and other criminal intimidation tactics.
Update 2: Well, I’ve contacted my Congressperson and Senators. How about you?
Update 3: A couple of very good post-“Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day” posts –
One from An Ex Con’s View
One from The Return of Cincinnatus
And a great aggregation post from The Other McCain.
Wee Brett will be in court on Tuesday in Maryland. Maybe anyone in the area should drop by the courthouse?