Ignoring the First Amendment

This is rich…the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has started a petition to give to Rush Limbaugh. “Express your outrage about Rush’s comments today!” What did he say? He said something a few other people had said previously about Barack Obama: “I hope he fails.”

Rush makes a good point to conservatives. Obama’s policies are blatant socialism, and they can do quite a bit of damage to the American way of life. Obama does, in fact, hope to absorb as much of the private sector into government as he can, socializing America more than we ever would have dreamed (and Bush got the ball rolling for him with that ridiculous bailout). These are not things we want Obama to succeed at. It’s why we’re critical of him. Liberals didn’t want the war to succeed, and that’s why they were critical of Bush–but you didn’t see Republican lawmakers starting up petitions to “express outrage” to the famous liberals out there who gained even more fame by bashing Bush.

The petition talks about jobs, health care, and our place in the world.  Since when is it the government’s place to tell me where to work?  Since when does the government have any business telling me where to go to get treatment for an illness or injury?  I don’t want my taxes paying for socialized health care that will do little more than ruin the health care system we have.  Our place in this world?  As far as I can tell, the only reason that is in jeopardy is because of two things: Muslim extremists and those who capitulate to them.

Back on topic, though, government officials have no business whatsoever telling any private citizen–no matter how much they dislike him–that he is not allowed to exercise his Constitutional freedom of speech.  That is EXACTLY what they’re doing.  Sure, they have the same right, but they’re lawmakers.  They represent the government.  When they do something like this, it is the exact same as the government telling someone they can’t say certain things.  If Republicans had started such a petition against Air America’s Randi Rhodes, there would have been an outcry the likes of which we had never heard before!  Liberals would have been calling for their heads to be served on silver platters.

I guess the same rules don’t apply to them.  Why?  Because liberals are so superior.  They know what’s right, so the rest of us should just give up and fall in line, right? 

I don’t think so.  Democrats attempted to officially censure Rush back in 2007.  They actually held a vote to give him a punishment reserved solely for members of Congress who behave outrageously.  This marks the second official attack on the free speech rights of Rush Limbaugh.  I don’t always like the guy, but he makes a lot of very good conservative points, and regardless, it’s not anyone’s place to tell him what he can and can’t say.  Where was this “come together” sentiment when you liberals were calling Bush a Nazi, a murderer, and calling for him to be impeached and tried for war crimes?

Obama himself paid a “visit” to the White House press corps, during which he was more than happy to field softball questions.  But the instant a writer from Politico asked him about his pick for deputy Secretary of State, Obama let that writer know in no uncertain terms that he was agitated and that writer was on the verge of losing his press pass.  During the campaign, anyone who dared to ask Obama or Biden the tough questions was immediately blacklisted.

It’s already started, folks.  This is just the beginning.  Talk about the tyranny of the majority…this is why Obama scares me.  It starts with small steps like this and gets bigger and stronger until we suddenly notice that we’ll never be able to undo it. 

Ignoring the First Amendment for your own gain will eventually put you in the same prison as your opponents.