The Cornerstone of Dissent

ob03“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”  George Washington

Dave Hodges, the Common Sense Show:   Prior to the 2012 election, David Axelrod, announced that Obama would push for a constitutional amendment to rollback free speech if he was re-elected. Well, he was reelected and now he is making good on that promise.

The last of the Bill of Rights which will be taken away in its totality is indeed the freedom of speech, the cornerstone of dissent, necessary civil disobedience and rebellion in the face of abject tyranny.  Freedom of speech is the organizing principle for the people in response to its government, without which there can only be tyranny. And where tyranny abounds, there is always unchecked abuse perpetrated against the citizens by the minions of the government.

Obama is attacking the First Amendment in unprecedented ways.  The assaults began in 2012 with H.R. 347, the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act, which passed the House by a vote of 399-3.

We were told that H.R. 347, a mere update to an old law, Sec. 1752, Title 18 of US Code,  to “improve” public grounds by moving all protesters “elsewhere”.  [Section 1752 of Title 18 of the United States Code  restricted areas around the president, vice president, or any others under the protection of the Secret Service.]   In fact, under HR 347, any occasion now is defined as a National Special Security Event automatically warrenting Secret Service protect – college bowl games, PGA golf tournaments, basketball championships, rock concerts,  World Series, the Super Bowl,  up to the present Winter Olympics.

And under HR 347, it is Obama [president] who determines who is eligible for Sercret Service protection, shielding any and all public figures from legitimate protest, a  clear abuse of power.  But it does not stop with H.R. 347.  Obama is also using the Espionage Act to  prosecute media leaks, using the NSA to spy on conservative, religious, and political nonprofits as well as legitimate journalists, to reclassifying mundane government documents as secret,  and providing news sources only White House approved content that can’t substitute for independent accountable journalism in an attempt to hide the truth from the public.   

Never mind that political dissent  is protected under the First Amendment.   Obama is now ready to silence millions of American citizens by having the IRS rewrite 50l(c)(4) regulations which will completely destroy  free speech rights for political organizations and third party candidates.

These regulations will make it illegal to:

  • Mention a candidate up for re-election within 60 days of an election. That includes every single member of the House of Representatives, effectively preventing you from petitioning your own elected official.
  • These nonprofit political organizations will not be allowed to register voters, putting one in mind of the old Jim Crow laws designed to prevent blacks from registering to vote.
  • Call for the election or defeat of a political candidate which will effectively eliminate all recall provisions in State Constitutions.
  • Hold candidate forums so voters can decide who would best represent them  In other words, primary election activities for third party candidates would be prohibited, cutting the legs out from under any third party political movement.

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”  Teddy Roosevelt


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