Monday, October 06, 2008

OBAMA'S THOUGHT POLICE


Obama's Thought Police by Hans von Spakovsky

10/02/2008 The Obama campaign is demanding that the Justice Department bring criminal charges against a non-profit advocacy organization and one of its donors because they have the audacity to sponsor a television ad criticizing the close connection between Obama and unrepentant former terrorist William Ayers.

The campaign is also threatening the license of television stations; and is enlisting state law enforcement officials for partisan prosecutions, all for running political ads that Obama claims are misleading and false.

These actions should cause every American to ask, can Obama be trusted with the powers of the Justice Department, the Federal Election Commission and the Federal Communications Commission?

This is a man who wants to criminally and economically punish opponents for engaging in political speech that is the heart and soul of the First Amendment.

Obama’s attack is aimed at the American Issues Project and one of its donors for “knowing and willful” violations of the federal campaign finance law.

AIP sponsored an ad criticizing Obama’s judgment and character for associating with domestic terrorist William Ayers, who participated in bombings of New York City Police Headquarters in 1970, of the Capitol building in 1971, and the Pentagon in 1972. The funds for this ad apparently came from billionaire Harold Simmons, who, if he wanted to, could spend as much of his own money independently as he wants to criticize Barack Obama. To Obama’s obvious chagrin, the First Amendment still prevents the campaign reformers from limiting the independent political expenditures of individuals.

Yet if Simmons donates that same money to a nonprofit issues organization like AIP that has no connection to a candidate so it can make the same independent expenditure, he and the organization are supposedly engaging in criminal conduct under the applicable federal campaign finance law.

Obama’s campaign has also sent a letter to television stations demanding that they not air an ad produced by the National Rifle Association about Obama’s long anti-gun history because it is supposedly false and misleading. The campaign tells the stations that their failure to prevent the airing may be “probative of an underlying abdication of license responsibility,” a not very subtle threat to go after their licensing if they do not comply.

And in Missouri, a local television station is reporting that Obama’s campaign is organizing something called the Barack Obama Truth Squad. It is made up of local prosecutors and sheriffs who say they will target anyone who “lies” or runs a ‘misleading” TV ad about Obama during the presidential campaign. Of course, this has happened at the very same time that the Justice Department gave into demands from the political Left that no federal prosecutors be used as observers on Election Day because of claims they could “intimidate” voters. I guess “intimidation” of Obama’s political opponents is not a serious concern.

All of this tells us that Barack Obama sees nothing wrong with using the power of government to criminally prosecute his political opponents and to use the regulatory authority of federal agencies to threaten businesses to achieve political objectives -- such as winning an election.

Such prosecutions have happened before against American citizens for expressing their political opinions. In fact, the first case of this kind to come before the courts was the conviction of Luther Baldwin of New Jersey for wishing that a wad from the presidential saluting cannon would “hit [John] Adams in the ass.” It is clear that Obama does not like the political ads that have hit him in the ass.

There is no threat against television stations or a demand by Obama to criminally prosecute NARAL or other liberal organizations that are no different from AIP or the NRA except, of course, that they have spent millions of dollars for independent ads attacking John McCain and supporting Obama. This dichotomy provides a frightening example of just how partisan and politically-biased the Justice Department and other federal agencies would be under an Obama administration, criminally prosecuting political opponents while turning a blind eye to supporters like NARAL.

John Adams lost the 1800 election in part due to the revulsion that many Americans felt towards the Alien and Sedition Acts, a law that restricted their ability to engage in fundamental political speech and activity and that enabled government prosecutors to persecute political opponents.

We seem to have forgotten too much about the dangers of government suppression and regulation of political speech and political liberties. Not only is there no such revulsion in 2008, but instead we have “reform” organizations actually applauding Obama’s demands and calling for the Justice Department to fire the head of its Election Crimes Branch for saying publicly that he is not going to initiate a criminal prosecution of organizations like AIP.

Too bad there probably will not be a similar reaction by American voters as there was in the election of 1800 to a candidate’s support for government persecution of his political opponents.

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Hans von Spakovsky is a former member of the Federal Election Commission and a former Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice.
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14 comments:

SNAKE HUNTERS said...

The 'Casual Voters' are reminded that the "Heart & Soul" of our 1st Amendment has also allowed a vicious, insidious, treacherous, grossly evil old nut billionaire, George Soros, to spend hundreds of millions of his private fortune to tear-apart, demean, and ridicule the current President & Vice President of the U.S. since N.Y. City's 9/11 disaster!

And It Worked...they hate Bush!

George Soros spends every waking hour 24/7, to BUY INFLUENCE among the Mainstream Media Elite, the Hollywood Elite, In Academia, Among Our Gongressional Elite in D.C & In State Capitals, To Corrupt & Help Fund Vast Left-Wing Conspiracies & "Peace Foundations" aimed at any group or organization deemed to be
"Conservative" or 'dangerously Independent'.

On February 1st GEORGE SOROS & His MoveOnDotOrg "Hate Blog" et al came out from behind his Curtain Of
Anonymity To Endorse His Hand-Picked Choice For President Of The United States...Barach OBAMA! Hillary fought hard, but she didn't have a prayer, then Biden & Dodd fell, and finally Senator John Edwards; it's...JUNIOR OBAMA!

Incredible!

Most "Grassroots Democrats" have never even heard of George Soros!

George Soros has tried it before; he spent $27 Million to Be a 'King-maker' in 2004, endorsing another pair of losers that were Unfit For Command in 2004; Sen John KERRY & Senator John EDWARDS. They lost that one to Bush/Cheney, and Soros was an angry old coot, but more determined than ever to destroy George Bush. We've all heard the hate chants..."Failed Bush Policy In War, Failed Bush Policy In Iraq,
Failed Bush Policy in Economics" etc. The Public Mind Is A Sponge!
Hate Bush! Hate the Vast-Right Wing! Hate The Evangelicals! Hate The Military & USMC Recruitment, Bring Our Boys Home Now! etc, blah, blah, blah.

We Recall the 'General Betrayus Ad' in the Sept 10, 2007 New York Times? "Cooking the Books for The White House" signed MoveOndotOrg!

WELL, THAT WAS FREEDOM OF SPEECH & PRESS, A FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT, AND IT WAS BAD, BUT LEGAL, O.K.?

AND NOW, the Obama Campaign calls for Criminal & Civil Penalties To Stifle Conservative Ads Exposing
Obama's Chicago Thugs, AND Black Liberation "Holy Joes" like Rev Jeremiah Wright, Father Michael Pleuger, and Nation of Islam's Rev Louie Farrakhan (the Jew-Hating friend of Father Pleuger!)
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What's next, Obama? In Sunni Saudi Arabia they have the MUTAWAH, the Saudi Royals PIETY POLICE!

Maybe we can Outlaw Freedom of Religion next, and Impose Sharia Law, to replace our precious 1st Amendment Freedom of Religion Privilege. Is that a future, long-range possibility for Bunco Obama?

Is that what you and your Chicago "Associates" really want, Bunky?
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Wake Up America...You've Been Conned by The Pro's! reb
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Michael Ejercito said...

What Obama effectively did when they filed that complaint with the Department of Justice was to show their weak points.

Anonymous said...

Greybeard says,
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Just Imagine an Obama Administration in firm control of the Justice Department and Federal Communications Commission FCC, and George Soros in charge of the Ministry of Propaganda! That's exactly what happened to Nazi Germany in the 1930's.

The Nazi SS (Storm-Troopers) were Adolph Hitler's Enforcement Brigades, and they started a nationwide persecution of Jews.

My Snake Hunter friend is correct, and half of America is asleep. God help us, every last soul.

Look for national riots following the november elections, regardless
of whoever wins. I hope I am wrong.

-Greybeard-

Anonymous said...

How many voters know what the GWOT
is about? One in a 100...maybe.

GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR! Spell it out for us Dummies! Signed, Freddie Flintstone.
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SNAKE HUNTERS said...

I am a snake hunter, and I have easily identified a poisonous desert lizard, The Gila Monster (heloderma suspectum).

USE YOUR SEARCH ENGINE!

The human variety, is also extremely poisonous, must also be dealt with...And Exposed. His name?

UNCLE GEORGE SOROS! He hides under rocks; his Den ~ MoveOnDotOrg
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SNAKE HUNTERS said...

"The Big Debate" the 'game-changing,
take the gloves off McCain Attack?'
Nope, it just didn't happen.

Both candidates delivered their dull, conventional talking points
from dozens of boring memorized Q & A script.

Obama wins the night, because McCain failed to deliver his best performance. Barring a miraculous
October Surprise, we shall finish this game on November 4th, risking this nation's future by electing a "Chicago Empty Suit" with a talking head...with zero business experience, no military savvy, and with extremely shallow notions and views of the complexities involved in the Field of Foreign Affairs!

Not Funny.

Sorry friends, I call 'em as I see them. The Popularity Polls and Celebrity Air-Heads AND George SOROS Hate-Money appear to be the winning machinery.

We've all been 'Conned by the Pro's'. If I'm right, grab your loyal Sheep Dog, two canteens, some grub, and a Sack of Ammo, and Head for the Hills! Next year, it's gonna get nasty in town. reb
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SNAKE HUNTERS said...

A License To Operate A Motor Vehicle Involves A Mandatory Written Test In All States, In An Effort To Attempt To Determine Whether Or Not The Applicant Is Minimally Qualified To Safely Drive Any Vehicle on a Public Road. That's SIMPLE LOGIC.

Question: Should there also be a Fairly Simple TEST To Determine If A Voter Has A Basic Understanding Of What This Nation Is All About BEFORE That Voter/Citizen Is Granted A Ballot Privilege?

Questionaire Sample:

a) Our First Three Presidents?
(Identify Two).

b) Two (only) Of The Freedoms Guaranteed In The 1st Amendment.

c. Who was President During The Civil War?

d) Who War President at the beginning of WWII?

e) Identify (One) Acronym: F.B.I.,
C.I.A., I.C.E., I.N.S.,F.D.I.C.

f) Name Two States On The East Coast, And Two On The West Coast.

If the applicant fails to answer correctly 2/3 of sample questions
above, he/she is thereby temporarily DISQUALIFIED (for One Year), from participation in any State and/or National Election.

Fair/Balanced and CONTROVERSIAL?

Your Opinion? reb
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SNAKE HUNTERS said...

This Old Man Would Like To Put A 'Suggestion Bee' In "Gentleman Senator" John McCain's Sailor Hat.

You and Obama BOTH bored the hell out of me in that last dull debate.

Wipe that toothy grin off your face! This whole ANGRY country is watching, and More Hot-Air Is Not Good. Let All Of Us Know That You Are Red-Hot Mad Too!

Tell 'em that your choice for Attorney General IS Rudy Guliani, and Rudy will bring Indictments against the major crooks that created our Financial Mess! Name 'Em! Next, ask Gov Mitt Romney to be your Sec of Treasury!

Next, Expose Sen Chris Dodd, Banking; Rep Barney Frank, Banking! Let's Get Serious!

These Two Sleaze-Balls Accepted Money "Contributions" from that Fannie Mae Crooked CEO, Franklin Raines, and they all Deserve Time In A Federal Lock-up! Millions of Citizens have been badly hurt.

It's Retribution Time For These Pettyfogging Shysters, John! No more pussyfooting around.

Take The Kid-Gloves Off, and nail 'em, Senator!

Very Cordially Yours, reb (print)
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Tom the Redhunter said...

Excellent and timely post, Ralph.

Liberals present themselves as oh-so tolerant, but the reality is just the opposite. They are, after all, the ones who instituted the infamous "speech codes" on college campuses. Fortunately most have been struck down by the courts, but they should never have gone up in the first place.

One thing the author of the post didn't mention is the so-called "Fairness Doctrine". If Obama is elected it will be revived. As we all know, it's aimed squarely at talk radio, which is overwhelmingly conservatives.

The liberals just don't like free speech.

SNAKE HUNTERS said...

GUESS WHO, FOLKS? I'M A CON-MAN!
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* I Was The Top ACORN In Chicago
* My Pastor Conned Black Folks
* F. Pflueger Whipped 'Em Up Too
* We Love Islam's Rev Louie Farrakhan
* Bomber William Ayers IS A Close Friend
* Slum-Lord Resko IS A Dear Friend

* Now, I Concentrate On Conning White Forks, Brown, Yellow, Green, and Polka-Dots Too. Who Cares...

Register The Dummies!

WHO AM I ???
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Anonymous said...

Tom, I am sure "moderate" muslims feel the same about christian fundamentalists, and I am writing as a committed christian.

Graycrow
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SNAKE HUNTERS said...

GRAYCROW! Understand this:

IF any 'moderate muslim' dare to switch loyalty, try Buddhism or Christianity...He is APOSTATE.

Under Sharia Law in IRAN or SAUDI ARABIA, this 'moderate muslim' will
be given the Death Penalty!

On "Holy Friday" the Emir will take a long, curved sword...and

CUT HIS HEAD OFF! reb
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SNAKE HUNTERS said...

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out there that Thirst for The Truth, and "need to know"...

We Urge You To Tap Your Search Engine, type in...

AMERICAN ISSUES PROJECT

Send This Vital Info to Everyone in
your eMail Contact List, Right Now!

Then Vote November 4th.

*** Tell 'em you got it from an old
SNAKE HUNTER ! (print)
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