Signs of libertyKinda makes you want to jump in your car and head on over to Fredericksburg to attend the rally, doesn't it? I wonder how many signs I can carry?
Not all countries guarantee their citizens the right to virtually unbridled freedom of speech. The United States does. Would someone please tell the campaign of Sen. Barack Obama? And the dozing guardians of liberty at the University of Mary Washington?
Mr. Obama, the Democratic nominee for president, is scheduled to speak at a rally at the university today. The public is invited to this forum, on property it, the public, owns. However, signs and banners will not be allowed, according to the organizers and compliant campus officials. Suddenly, UMW is a First Amendment-Free, or at least a First Amendment-Crippled, Zone, subject to the self-serving preferences of politicos. Why does an Obama rally--or a McCain rally or a Nader rally--justify taking a little off the top of Americans' most fundamental rights? (link)
Sensitive little wiener, isn't he?
Hat tip to Jim Patrick.
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That story seems to go along well with this one, unfortunately:
Breaking: Gov. Matt Blunt Releases Statement Condemning Barack Obama's Missouri Goon Squads
From the Missouri governor:
“Barack Obama needs to grow up. Leftist blogs and others in the press constantly say false things about me and my family. Usually, we ignore false and scurrilous accusations because the purveyors have no credibility. When necessary, we refute them. Enlisting Missouri law enforcement to intimidate people and kill free debate is reminiscent of the Sedition Acts - not a free society.”I fear for my country.
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Oh, and that ain't all. There's also the intimidation effort ongoing in Pennsylvania and Ohio to suppress free speech:
Obama Campaign Threatens Legal Action Over NRA Ads
Note a pattern here?
Odd, all those media types who bemoaned the potential ramifications of Bush/Cheney's spying efforts ("They might read my email!!!!) completely ignore Obama's ACTUAL efforts to crush civil liberties in this country. Are they idiots or are they not really all that interested in their rights being quashed?