'I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors," Barack Obama told a crowd in Elko, Nev. "I want you to talk to them, whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face." Actually, Obama supporters are doing a lot more than getting into people's faces. They seem determined to shut people up.
That's what Obama supporters, alerted by campaign e-mails, did when conservative Stanley Kurtz appeared on Milt Rosenberg's WGN radio program in Chicago. Kurtz had been researching Obama's relationship with unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers.
Obama fans jammed WGN's phone lines and sent in hundreds of protest e-mails. The message was clear: We'll make trouble for you if you let anyone make the case against The One.
Other Obama supporters have threatened critics with criminal prosecution. In September, St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch and St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce warned citizens that they would bring criminal libel prosecutions against anyone who made statements against Obama that were "false."
I had been under the impression that the Alien and Sedition Acts had gone out of existence in 1801-02. Not so, apparently, in metropolitan St. Louis.
Similarly, the Obama campaign called for a criminal investigation of the American Issues Project when it ran ads highlighting Obama's ties to Ayers.
These attempts to shut down political speech have become routine for liberals. Congressional Democrats sought to reimpose the "fairness doctrine" on broadcasters, which until it was repealed in the 1980s required equal time for different points of view. The motive was plain: to shut down the one conservative-leaning communications medium, talk radio. Liberal talk-show hosts have mostly failed to draw audiences, and many liberals can't abide having citizens hear contrary views.
To their credit, some liberal old-timers - like House Appropriations Chairman David Obey - voted against the "fairness doctrine," in line with their longstanding support of free speech. But you can expect the "fairness doctrine" to get another vote if Barack Obama wins and Democrats increase their congressional majorities.
Then there's the Democrats' "card-check" legislation, which would abolish secret-ballot elections in determining whether employees are represented by unions. The unions' strategy is obvious: Send a few thugs over to employees' homes - we know where you live - and get them to sign cards that will trigger a union victory without giving employers a chance to be heard.
Once upon a time, liberals prided themselves, with considerable reason, as the staunchest defenders of free speech. Union leaders like George Meany and Walter Reuther were ardent defenders of the First Amendment.
Today's liberals seem to be taking their marching orders from other quarters. Specifically, from the college campuses where administrators have for years been disciplining and subjecting to sensitivity training any students who dare to utter thoughts that liberals find offensive. The campuses that used to pride themselves as zones of free expression are now the least free part of our society."For many of us, Barack Obama is a nightmare come true. As anti-American as a man can get and still keep a straight face while lying about his love of country, he and his rabid supporters fully intend to gut the Constitution and do their level best to turn America into a France with balls, but not for long.
His not-so-veiled economic message is clear. Massive tax increases for every small business that won't play ball and by that I mean hire blacks and KEEP them hired no matter what. Because make no mistake about it, just as ACORN funnels tax dollars into free homes for those who disdain the very thought of actually working for them, an Obama Presidency along with a malleable Congress would tax business unmercifully, but offer plenty of loopholes for what in essence would be no-show jobs.
And there you have the beginning of the end of one of America's strengths. Its dedicated working class that out performs everyone else on the planet.
Or at least USED to until affirmative action.
And free speech, along with the right to keep and bear arms?
Say goodnight, Gracie.