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Obama Sneers at the First Amendment

Posted on August 7 2009 10:00 am
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The Obama White House and the Democratic Party are upset about Americans protesting en masse against Obamacare.   They say that the protests are nothing more than rowdy disruptions organized by far right-wing ideologues and lobbyists, and not a legitimate means of expression or a valid measure of popular sentiment.  They are wrong on several counts.

First of all, protests during which hard questions are asked of our elected representatives — and where opinions are expressed in a blunt, direct manner — are not disruptions meant to silence the opposition.   It is the Left that is good at shouting down those with whom they disagree rather than engaging in a spirited debate on the issues.  Just witness the shenaninigans of groups like Code Pink , ACORN or the typical radical student groups that prevent those with whom they disagree from speaking, if you wish to understand how real disruptions are carried out.

The protests against Obamacare, on the other hand, are meant to advance frank discussion of the issues by removing the filters of the biased liberal media and permitting ordinary people affected by Obamacare to say their piece.  One of those questions, by the way, is an embarrassing one for many Congressmen: did you read the bill?

Why shouldn’t our elected representatives be exposed to real debate — even if noisy at times — rather than what they are used to hearing in the echo chamber of the Shadow Party-dominated U.S. Congress?

Secondly, a key facet of organizing a protest is how you publicize  and get your supporters to the event to exercise their First Amendment right to “peaceably … assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Has former constitutional law professor Obama forgotten about this fundamental right?  Apparently he was mindful of this when his campaign used the Internet to organize massive rallies to advance him toward the presidency.  Why the sudden bout of amnesia?

Thirdly, polls clearly show that the American people are not happy with key elements of Obamacare, particularly the government-run insurance program, higher taxes to fund the program, extension of benefits to fund abortions and the care of illegal aliens, rationed care, the invasion of privacy by collecting inormation on our medical treatment in a government database, and entrusting Washington bureaucrats to advise our doctors on how best to treat us.  A Quinnipiac University poll of registered voters released just yesterday shows voters disapproving 52 percent to 39 percent of how President Obama is handling healthcare.   Are 52% of registered voters right-wing zealots?

Instead of addressing public uneasiness in a frank manner, the Obama administration is putting out a “don’t worry, be happy” message while asking its supporters to send the White House any e-mails or “something on the Web about health insurance reform that seems fishy.” “Fishy” is the code word for any opinion that debunks the misrepresentations of the Obamacare propagandists.  As Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, said:  “I am not aware of any precedent for a president asking American citizens to report their fellow citizens to the White House for pure political speech.”

President Obama, go back and re-read the First Amendment, and call off your dogs who are trying to chill free speech.

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