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Shouting dissent down ...
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Ed Morrisey documents a disturbing trend from the Obama campaign. For a second time, the campaign has sent out an email urging his followers to inundated a WGN radio show that was hosting someone they disapproved of.

This is how the Obama email characterized the guest on WGN's Milt Rosenberg show:
David Freddoso has made a career off dishonest, extreme hate mongering, even calling legislation to protect people from hate crimes the “Thought Police.”
As Morrisey notes:
David Freddoso had the temerity to commit actual journalism in investigating Barack Obama’s record in public life. That resulted in his book, The Case Against Barack Obama, which has apparently angered The One to the point where he believes Freddoso shouldn’t get a chance to speak in public.
This from the campaign that calls John McCain "dishonorable".

Free speech, but only if it is speech they agree with. Otherwise, it is "hate speech" - and it appears Freddoso is correct: the Obama campaign has no problem attempting to play "Thought Police" do they?

That ought to scare the hell out of you.
 
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No, no, NO! See, Freddoso is telling lies. Therefore, he has no right to say anything. QED.

The trick in all of this is having the ability to categorize anything said about you that you don’t like as "lies" and get the MSM to go along with it. If you’re really good (or if the MSM is really in the tank for you), you can accuse your detractor of "swift boating" you, which is the ultimate political crime.

Now, sit back and wait for the libs to tell us why shouting down your opponents is actually a GOOD thing, or at least wait for the obligatory "Republicans do it, too!" which of course makes anything The Annointed One does perfectly acceptable. Two wrongs DO make a right in Libland.
 
Written By: docjim505
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Liberal Fascism, 1916-today...

Someone should write about a book on it.
 
Written By: Just Saying
URL: http://www.amazon.com/Liberal-Fascism-American-Mussolini-Politics/dp/0385511841
There will be no need for these tactics once Emperor Lightworker rams the fairness doctrine through.

Where’s Timmy Robbins with his "chill wind" nowadays?
 
Written By: shark
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I think I’ve made similar comments before, but this sort of "direct action" by candidate Obama under critcism suggests that "direct action" would be a mainstay of an Obama administration under criticism, but with the multiplier effect of a presidential steroids.
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
URL: http://newpaltzjournal.com
I love this theme from the crowd that wanted MoveOn.org thrown in prison for saying mean things about General Petraeus. Having your followers call in to a radio show and be dissaproving is Thought Police! Be very afraid! It’s especially hilarious from Malkin, who led a boycott of Absolut Vodka - trying to financially damage their company - for showing an advertisement with a joke Mexican border.

It’s also from the same people who have been making fun of the left for years about making facile equations of the Bush administration’s heavy-handed tactics to fascism.
Free speech, but only if it is speech they agree with. Otherwise, it is "hate speech" - and it appears Freddoso is correct: the Obama campaign has no problem attempting to play "Thought Police" do they?

That ought to scare the hell out of you.
Every conservative blogger wringing their hands in such a pathetic, hypocritical manner should check their archives first, to see if they’ve ever encouraged their supporters to (gasp) express their critical opinion of publicly offered discourse.

Ever sent a letter to an editor? Ever commented on a blog? Ever criticized someone? Worse yet, have you ever done so at someone else’s request? Did you know you were the Long Arm of the Thought Police? Pardon me while I laugh my a** off.

It took you folks about .. negative three months prior to inauguration to start with the same quote-hysteria-unquote you’ve been criticizing in the left for eight years. The difference is that the left’s criticism was built on illegal behavior and secret incarcerations - yours is built on radio-call in campaigns. You’ve embarrassed yourselves.
 
Written By: glasnost
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I mean, I can sort of sympathize. I really don’t enjoy it when Republican politicians, republican talk show hosts, conservative bloggers, conservative pressure groups, and Republican politicians do this kind of thing- which they do constantly. But it’s self-evidently the very essence of free expression call in and complain about media coverage you don’t like, and to encourage other people to do the same thing. It’s the most basic democratic behavior on earth. The autocracies are the ones that prohibit this kind of behavior. Anyway, do the world a favor and come up with a consistent standard. Either it’s the Thought Police when coordinated pressure campaigns are set up to deliver opinions to media, or it’s not. Right now, it’s the "Thought Police" when the democrats do it and "Fight For The Truth!" when Republicans do it, which makes you seem like a hack.
 
Written By: glasnost
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I love this theme from the crowd that wanted MoveOn.org thrown in prison for saying mean things about General Petraeus.
Name one person who writes on this blog who said anything like that, Glasnost.
 
Written By: McQ
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MoveOn.org thrown in prison
really!? You used to be so rationale. I guess htat was before the onset of Palinosis
 
Written By: capt joe
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glasnost - I love this theme from the crowd that wanted MoveOn.org thrown in prison for saying mean things about General Petraeus. Having your followers call in to a radio show and be dissaproving is Thought Police!

Typical lib defense: Because Republicans allegedly do it, it’s OK for libs to do it.

Two wrongs DO make a right in Libland.

I’d like to ask that you give us examples of when a GOP candidate has called upon his followers to swarm, swamp and shut down a radio broadcast critical of him, but I’m not holding my breath.

I must say that I AM pleased to see how little confidence you lefties actually have in The Annointed One: his record must be so bloody awful that you won’t - CAN’T - allow ANY criticism of it.

As for your strawman about conservatives and moveon.org’s infamous "Betray Us" add, the ad was run before GEN Petraeus had given one word of testimony before the Congress. Calling the man a liar was bad enough, but doing it before he’d even said anything??? I also seem to recall criticism of the NYT for giving moveon.org "special" rates for the ad space, rates that conservative groups had never received.

What I DON’T seem to recall is hoardes of conservatives, urged on by Bush / Cheney / Halliburton, hitting the streets to prevent readers from buying copies of the paper to judge the ad for themselves.
 
Written By: docjim505
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I love this theme from the crowd that wanted MoveOn.org thrown in prison for saying mean things about General Petraeus.
Wow, can you back that up, or are you lying?

I recall much discussion, but I think most of us were thrilled to see MoveOn shoot themselves in the foot like that. It was fun to watch, frankly, as the left showed how anti-American they were.

Much like the Palin attacks, just about anything Biden says, and so on. Keep talking, lefties, keep talking.

Yo Erb, say something. Talk about how great Carter is, and about the 2004 Swift Boat "lies". We are missing you, dude.
 
Written By: Don
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I’d like to ask that you give us examples of when a GOP candidate has called upon his followers to swarm, swamp and shut down a radio broadcast critical of him, but I’m not holding my breath.
Imagine how much sand glassy would have had in his vaginia if Bush respended to the CBS/Rather lies the way Obama is acting? Even 10% of how Obama is acting?

He’s a hypocrite. And, among the left, that’s the worst sin of all. Except, perhaps, if you are a leftist . . .
 
Written By: Don
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This quote from Obama:
The one thing that I want to insist on is that, as I travel around the country, the American people are a decent people. Now they get confused sometimes. You know, they listen to the wrong talk radio shows or watch the wrong TV networks, um, but they’re, they’re basically decent, they’re basically sound
Stromtrooper in "The Lamb’s" clothing
 
Written By: shark
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t’s especially hilarious from Malkin, who led a boycott of Absolut Vodka - trying to financially damage their company - for showing an advertisement with a joke Mexican border.
That you even bring this up shows what a shallow thinker you are.

Malkin didn’t try to ban Absolut’s ads, didn’t sic the Justice Department on them, and didn’t try to throw them in jail. What Malkin did was tell people that if they didn’t like Absolut’s advertising, they could show their displeasure by taking their business elsewhere. There’s nothing at all wrong with a boycott.

What is wrong is the use of government pressure to silence critics. Obama did just that about a month ago...where were you decrying his action then?

 
Written By: Steverino
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Boycotting a product is a consumer reaction to a product or idea they don’t like. Illegal use of government power to stifle political argument is dictatorship.
Whatever you want to say about the Bush admin, remember; we have had no Waco burnings by the FBI, no Ruby Ridge-like actions, and no kidnapping of Cuban children so as to return him to a communist country. Nothing like that during the Bush admin. Sure, we have grabbed suspected Islam-o-terrorist off of the streets. But the lefty wonder boy, FDR, threw thousands of Japanese Americans into gulags after Pearl Harbor. We have tossed maybe 500 or so suspects into gitmo after 9/11. Just about the same amount of people were killed in both attacks. I don’t think that the Bush admin’s response was all that out of line.
My point is this. Bush never tried to shut anyone up. He is fodder for countless attacks by the media. J Stewart, Olby, Bill Mauler, the Lil’ Bush cartoon, etc...no problem.
Obama wins, he will not stand for any of that. Obama is a true Marxist. He studied and has applied Marxism since he got of out college. He would fit right in as a member of the Central Committee in China. If he wins, and I bet he will, you can kiss free speech goodbye.
 
Written By: Will F
URL: http://guerrillas_of_the_second_coming.com

 
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