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The ACLU Takes a Dive for Obama

Posted on September 22 2009 2:45 pm
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The American Civil Liberies Union claims it is dedicated to protecting free speech from instrusions by the government. Evidently, that mission does not apply to whatever restrictions that the Obama administration decides to impose on those who disagree with its policies — beyond the standard name-calling and ridicule that it has used over the last couple of months.

For example, the administration is now resorting to strong-arm intimidation tactics against insurance companies in order to stop them from communicating their perspective on Obamacare to seniors.  The Associated Press quoted the text of a stern Obama administration warning to all companies that sell private Medicare coverage and stand-alone drug plans to seniors:

“As we continue our research into this issue, we are instructing you to immediately discontinue all such mailings to beneficiaries and to remove any related materials directed to Medicare enrollees from your Web sites”.

In other words, insurance companies are being told in effect to stop exercising their constitutional right to communicate their concerns about the impact of Obamacare to their customers, lest they jeopardize their participation in the government program.  That’s extortion, pure and simple.  The notion that the government is just trying to protect seniors from alleged misrepresentations is hogwash.  Seniors should be alerted to the massive amount of care transfer that will take place if Obamacare is passed.

And Obama’s buddies at the ACLU say nothing about the raw power being used by his administration to suppress unfettered debate over the single most important domestic issue of our time.

Just a few days ago the Senate confirmed the new head of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Cass Sunstein, who supports suppression of free speech on the Internet.  Mr. Sunstein believes that content on the Internet should be regulated to ensure that “falsehoods” are not disseminated.  He said:

“[A] ‘chilling effect’ on those who would spread destructive falsehoods can be an excellent idea.”

Of course, the arbiter of what is and is not a falsehood will be the Obama administration.

And we hear not a word of alarm over such extremist, anti-First Amendment views from the likes of the ACLU or any other civil liberties group.  Only four Democrats voted against Sunstein’s confirmation.

Sunstein will now be in a position to put his radical ideas into practice by ratcheting up regulatory pressure against free expression on the Internet along the lines of the warning quoted above.

Hello, ACLU — where are you when American citizens are in jeopardy of losing their First Amendment rights to an adminstration that is running scared from honest dissent over its break-the-bank, care-rationing prescription for health reform that will hurt seniors the most of all?

Oh, that’s right: The ACLU is quite busy these days defending Islamic terrorist suspects and outing CIA agents to the enemy. I’d forgotten about that.

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