Don’t say patriot: Washington State Legislature considers making some speech illegal


House Bill 1333 in the Washington legislature that make words and speech illegal. The bill would create a state commission to implement recommendations from Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who encourages a new classification of criminal behavior that he calls “Domestic Violent Extremism.”

The Ferguson report says that words and speech, not just physical acts, can be dangerous to human life and health, and that law enforcement must focus on arresting those with certain ideas because they are “precursors to acts of domestic terrorism” such as “threats,” “online disinformation” and “white supremacist, antigovernment and other ideologies.”

It’s not specified which words and thoughts might become flagged by the state for “domestic terrorism,” but that would be a changing definition, as words are used in different ways through time. The word “patriot” could become a red-flag word under HB 1333.

“Domestic violent extremism encompasses various forms of extremist and political violence like threats, coercion, and intimidation, online disinformation, extremist recruitment and government infiltration efforts, and the general spread of extreme white supremacism and anti- government ideologies.”

The Executive Summary of the report says that people’s words and speech, not physical acts that are dangerous to human life and health, are the true target of the bill.

The Washington Policy Center offers four key takeaways from the bill:

  1. HB 1333 would criminalize thought and expression under an invented category of offenses called “domestic violent extremism.”
  2. Attorney General Bob Ferguson requested the bill in order to prosecute some people for words and speech, rather than for violent acts.
  3. Under the bill government officials would decide whose words and whose speech would be subject to criminal prosecution.
  4. The Attorney General’s office would increase surveillance of citizens for perceived violations of words and speech prohibitions.
  5. Citizens would be encouraged to report friends and neighbors to the state for officially-banned phrases, thoughts and expressions.

At the request of the attorney general, the bill has been introduced by Rep. Bill Ramos, a Democrat representing Issaquah.

The Biden Administration attempted a federal law that was similar to the Ramos bill in 2022, but it faced stiff resistance from constitutional scholars and free speech advocates.

HB 1333 would give the power to state government and far-reaching power to the attorney general and a politically charged commission to decide which words and speech would be subject to prosecution, and would encourage the surveillance of innocent citizens, while incentivizing people to turn in their friends and neighbors for using officially banned language or even physical expressions.

Read the Washington Policy Center bill summary at this link.


  1. Well we are getting closer to a solution for the lefts stupidly. They just keep pushing the 1st amendment rights because they don’t like what’s said. Well I don’t like what they say so I want them arrested and jailed. How far from normal have we gone? This is going to far and it’s time for a divorce from the left and it’s political control of people.

  2. For Alaskans, Back in the day Seattle was a popular destination during football season. Organized flights of football fans would fly down Friday, Saturday attend a Husky’s Game, on Sunday a Seahawks game. Lots of fun. Seattle being a great host.
    Today put on your woke cloak as you enter the surreal world of Washington reality. After all how would a traveler know what was permitted to speak or more importantly what was not permitted to speak? Especially with a speech rat around every corner. No thank you. Better places to spend my money.

  3. Somewhere Orwell is yelling 1984 was a warning, not a manual.

    What is wrong with the west coast? Really. It’s more socialist than Cuba.

  4. How could this possibly stand a test in Federal Court? By or constitution we DO still have the right to free speech.

  5. Wow!
    Here is government making laws, silencing speech…..the first amendment anyone?
    The tyranny of the “tolerant and diverse”! While real crime soars, the AG goes after people, who say the “wrong words”. Also note that “banned words” are a moving target, to be expanded at will.
    This is truly disturbing and just a step away from the police state. We, the people, are no longer in charge. Instead few government minions have total power. Lenin, Stalin and the KGB could not have done better in the old USSR.

  6. I expect this bill and activity is being watched closely by Alaskan Senator Dunbar and something he could certainly support along with his left wing friends on the Assembly.

    • While I agree with you that the assembly doesn’t want to hear from the pesky people and shuts them down, this goes much further. This is everyday life legislation. Whether you are at the grocery store or at a party, anyone, who does not like what you say, can turn you in at anytime for a nebulous reason. It makes spies and informers out of each and everyone, as well as judge and jury on what is and what is not allowed.

  7. Obviously, the Olympia politicians have found the good stuff in the medicine cabinet and are “thinking” for themselves. It won’t be long before they try to ban the use of our few vowels: but, hey, that would eliminate the foul, four-letter words and then some!

  8. Like so many states in the union, the old state of Washington needs to have its state constitution conformed to the US Constitution. Alaska is, if possible, even more structurally deformed from the US Constitution.

  9. Oh boy, don’t make these democrats angry! They might take away our GOD given rights. On the other hand, they themselves may end being the ones losing their rights. It has happened more than once, and history does repeat.

    • “History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes,” as Mark Twain is often reputed to have said.

  10. “So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men.”

    — French philosopher Voltaire

  11. As a child in Washington State, I never dreamed that it could become a bastion of communist ideology. My advice: “Gentlemen, prepare to defend yourselves.”

  12. Seattle sounds like they want the Stasi police state on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall. Bob Ferguson must have thrown quit some tantrums in kindergarten.

  13. Automatically Unconstitutional. A state cannot make any laws that are against the United States Constitution. They can only make laws that are not in the US Constitution as per the 10th Amendment.

  14. C.S. Lewis on patriotism-
    “Those who would reject [patriotism] entirely do not seem to have considered what will certainly step–has already begun to step–into its place… If people will spend neither sweat nor blood for ‘their country’ they must be made to feel that they are spending them for justice, or civilisation, or humanity. This is a step down, not up… [In the past,] good men needed to be convinced that their county’s cause was just; but it was still their country’s cause, not the cause of justice as such… If our country’s cause is the cause of God, wars must be wars of annihilation. A false transcendence is given to things which are very much of this world.”
    “Patriotism of [the proper] kind is not in the least aggressive. It asks only to be let alone. It becomes militant only to protect what it loves. In any mind which has a pennyworth of imagination it produces a good attitude towards foreigners. How can I love my home without coming to realise that other men, no less rightly, love theirs? … The last thing we want is to make everywhere else just like our home. It would not be home unless it were different.”

  15. How about “quota?”
    Or, “”racist?” “Diversity, inclusion, false claims, equity?”
    These are all trigger words of the Left, used to ignite our differences, and cause dischord and anger among 50% of the population.

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