I have said time and time again that the line in the sand is free speech. Without freedom of speech - game over. It is shocking to me that this is not splashed across the front pages of US newspapers and network news programs. Why is the silencing of Robert Spencer this past week not big news? It is big news. It damages Americans in the most fundamental ways.
Ayn Rand said, "the principle of free speech is not concerned with the content of a man's speech and does not protect only the expression of good ideas, but all ideas. If it were otherwise, who would determine which ideas are good and where forbidden? The government?"
Rand further said at a lecture, "Political Vacuums of Our Age", presented to a group of women in journalism in Indiana in 1961: "Once a country accepts censorship pf the press and of speech, then nothing can be won without violence. Therefore, so long as you have free speech, protect it. This is the life-and-death issue in this country: do not give up the freedom of the press - of newspapers, books, magazines, radios movies, and other other form of presenting ideas. So long as that's free, a peaceful intellectual turn is possible.
When did fascism become en vogue in this country?
In fact, we had planned to speak on the lack of transparency of the House since Democrats took control. We had planned to criticize Speaker Pelosi for repeatedly denying Members, the media, and the public to right to read legislation before it was voted on. We were set to discuss House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s statement last week that if his Members were required to read the Democrats’ healthcare reform package before it was voted on, it would fail.
So the Speaker obviously feels that if the public is truly aware of her party’s agenda, they will reject it. She is now making sure the public is kept in the dark by trampling the centuries-old democratic traditions of the House.
UPDATE: FREE SPEECH, FREE THOUGHT ALERT:
TC writes that the so-called "hate crimes" bill - authored by life-long democrat politician and dictator of the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts Kennedy - is being attached to a Defense Authorizations 2010 bill by fellow "democrats" in the Senate today.
Do we need to stop blatant racism, bias, incitement to hatred and violence against any and all? Yes! But this legislation will allow wide-open interpretation of what constitutes a "crime of hate," e.g., telling the truth about Islam, speaking out against pedophilia, child molestation, enslavement of children for prostitution, etc.
It is reportedly on its way - through the Senate - today, but very connivingly attached to the Defense Authorization bill for 2010.
Piggybacking controversial act onto military funding legislation
The Democrats are expected to sneak the hate crimes bill through the Senate as early as tomorrow after they offered it as an amendment to the Defense Authorization bill.
The Senate approved the same hate crime legislation last year as part of the military funding bill, but it was never reconciled with the House's bill.
House version – H.R. 1913, or the
Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 – was passed
The "hate crimes" legislation now faces its best chance in years to become federal law.
Read the whole thing. The Dems are so slimy in everything they do. All crime is hate crime. Hate crime is a ruse to criminalize thought and speech.