Monday, December 22, 2014
Get The Message?
We are entering a new legislative session, and the fight to amend the helmet law is about to start. It is up to each of us to do our part to protect our rights. Understand it will take commitment and dedication to restore our liberty to choose for ourselves when and whether we do or we don't wear helmets when we ride. I know that there will be those who oppose our right to exercise our liberty, and we must unite to prevail against them. By law now, we are a 'class of people' who may not be profiled by law enforcement due to their belief that we may do something. It is up to us as a community to provide ample proof of our opponents continuing violation of state law by their behavior, and demonstrate that their stereotypical belief of who and what we are will not be tolerated.
What other constituency comes to the Capitol to exercise their right to speak with their legislators, and is confronted with higher than normal law enforcement presence? We must not allow ourselves to be intimidated by the attempted domination by law enforcement at the Capitol. There is no reason that we should be forced to pass between law enforcement and police dogs while exercising our First Amendment Right to peaceably assemble. The entire purpose of Black Thursday is to exercise our First Amendment Rights to gather together peacefully, and petition the government. Why then must we be then have our Fourth Amendment Rights violated by law enforcement?
I have come to the conclusion that the real reason that the Washington State Patrol opposes amending the universal helmet law in our state, is because they would lose their prime pretext for their continued ability for profiling of the motorcycle community. It is up to us to drive home the fact it isn't about their ability to gather intelligence on the motorcycle community, but rather about our right to exercise our liberty to choose what level of protection is acceptable to each individual motorcyclist.
Think about it...
Catch you on the road sometime...