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Governor Jay Inslee Proposes Law That Would Limit First Amendment Rights for Elected Officials

On Friday, January 28th, Washington Governor Jay Inslee appeared before the Washington State Senate in an attempt to rally senators behind a bill, SB 5843, that would limit the freedom of speech for any elected official. The reason? ‘Election integrity.’

Under Gov. Inslee’s proposed law, it would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $5,000 fine, 364 days in jail, and removal from office for any official to question the outcome of any election; local and statewide. Jay Inslee believes that by passing this law, events like what happened in Washington D.C. on January 6th, 2021, would be curtailed in Washington State. Which begs the question; why would Governor Inslee believe that something like January 6th would happen in Washington State? Why introduce a law like this now?

Meanwhile, thousands voice their opposition to Governor Inslee’s Emergency Powers

On the very same day, January 28th, over 5500 people all voiced their opinions on SB 5909, the bill that would transfer emergency powers away from Governor Inslee and back to the hands of the people. Most showed signs of support for the bill that would limit the Governor’s emergency powers.

The people are speaking, but the Governor is not listening. The people of Washington State are fed up with Jay Inslee and his radical proposals. The people demand a return to normalcy, the people demand to speak freely about the outcomes of elections, the people demand that their elected representatives actually have a say in how the state operates.

There was a time in American history when elections have been proven to be fraudulent, and only the rights protected under the Bill of Rights in the constitution, managed to oust the unjust elections being held in the so-called ‘Battle of Athens’. Governor Inslee wants to stript away the very first amendment protected in this nation for claims of ‘election integrity.

SB 5843 would only allow fraudulent elections to occur, not prevent them

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And of course the most obvious elephant in the room, by limiting the ability to call elections fraudulent, you would in effect make it easier for fraudulent elections to occur. If no one is allowed to speak freely, or even ask questions, what’s to stop bad people from interfering in our elective process?

These things do happen, and it is our responsibility as Americans, both in an official capacity and unofficial, to question the outcomes of ANY election. After all, if we’re wrong then no harm no foul, right? What’s so bad about wanting to ‘fact check’ our elected officials every once in a while?

By Patrick Turner

Patrick Turner is a conservative living in the far-left blue state of Washington. He’s the founder of r/PNWConservatives, the largest conservative outlet for like-minded folks in the Pacific Northwest.

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Featured photo by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons