Saturday, August 8, 2009

Democracy is Being Sabotaged

"The White House is in bit of a conundrum because of this privacy statute that prohibits the White House from collecting data and storing it on people who disagree with it," Judge Andrew Napolitano, a FOX News analyst, said Friday.

"There's also a statute that requires the White House to retain all communications that it receives. It can't try to rewrite history by pretending it didn't receive anything," he said.

"If the White House deletes anything, it violates one statute. If the White House collects data on the free speech, it violates another statute."


"This move is an attempt to intimidate those who have legitimate concerns about the health care plan," Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice said. "And, worse, it turns the White House into some sort of self-appointed 'speech police.' This new White House reporting program strikes at the heart of the First Amendment and has no place in this important debate about health care."

Even the ACLU said in a statement to that the White House blog is a "bad idea that could send a troublesome message."


Our President, on the other hand, had this to say:

"I need every one of you to knock on doors and make phone calls and get fired up once again so that we can go toward the future confident with Creigh Deeds leading the great commonwealth of Virginia," Obama said. "I don't want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess," he said. " I don't mind cleaning up after them, but don't do a lot of talking." [Mr. President, the everyday Americans who are showing up to voice their concerns are not the ones who over the last 40 years have created "this mess". That would be your government. So maybe it is time for your government to get out of the way and stop trying to clean up your mess. Maybe it is now time to listen to those whom you are trying to intimidate into silence.]
Russ Carnahan was holding a meeting in St. Louis, as noted before. Over 1000 Tea Party taxpayers were locked out, while Union thugs showed up and were escorted into the hall thru the door for the handicapped. Those locked out broke out in song: God Bless America. One of the results of having Union thugs there was that a little old man who goes to tea parties and sells flags and buttons was so roughed up that he will be spending two days in the hospital!

Mike Sola of Milan demanded that U.S. Rep. John Dingell explain why Mr. Sola's son Scott, who has cerebral palsy, would not be covered under health insurance reform legislation. They were later escorted out by police.

Harry Reid has accused us of "sabotaging the democrat process" by actually voicing our opinions. Most of us would say that it is HE who is sabotaging the democrat process.


On the subject of an International Criminal Court that includes the United States, Secretary Clinton, speaking in Nairobi on Thursday, called it "a great regret" that the U.S. was not a member of the International Criminal Court, a body that adjudicates on genocide, war crimes and "crimes against humanity" (defined as including attacks "on human dignity").

Our newest high court justice in April told the Puerto Rican ACLU that she agrees with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "that unless American courts are more open to discussing the ideas raised by foreign cases and by international cases that we are going to lose influence in the world."

Doing otherwise is "asking American judges to . . . close their minds," according to Sonia Sotomayor, because "ideas have no boundaries. Ideas are what set our creative juices flowing. They permit us to think."


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors say former Congressman William Jefferson could face more than 20 years in prison for today's conviction on 11 counts, including bribery, racketeering and money laundering. The New Orleans Democrat is accused of accepting more than $400,000 in bribes and seeking millions more in exchange for brokering business deals in Africa. [We can recall, perhaps, this this is the man whose freezer was found to contain over $90,000 in cash.]

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