Sunday, April 19, 2009

Free Speech, Right of Assembly, and Other Fundamental Rights of American Citizens

I've been thinking about this topic for some time. One by one, our rights under the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution are being eroded, if not outright trashed.

Free Speech:


Right of Assembly

As the Tancredo incident showed, the right of assembly is too often in jeopardy. Those who lose this right are often conservatives. And, they lose their right in the ugliest of ways, by mob action.

Why is this so important? If you disagree, try imagining a conservative mob disrupting an early Obama speech. Would you still think that the mob was right to close the student organization's paid-for event down?

The Tea Parties (rather well attended, for a middle of a work day) were ridiculed by network reporters and commentators as "tea bagging". What's the big deal?

Follow the link. Ask yourself, when is the last time that a serious protest of government policies was trashed in extremely vulgar, deliberately sexually-oriented terms, on a national network station?

Even when the protesters in anti-war rallies made crude jokes about "bush", the networks did NOT repeat the joke over and over and over again.

It was uncalled-for. It was undignified. It was biased.

In an effort to blunt the impact of the Tea Parties, liberal groups urged their members to show up with video cameras. Think of the effect if the early civil rights coordinators had been tracked with cameras by the opposition - would recruitment have suffered? In the early days of the Montgomery bus boycott, the NAACP went to court to keep the names of their members out of the hands of the opposition.

Those who joined the protest were labeled as "racists", by some in the media. What other reason could they have had to oppose the "stimulus"?

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