Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Press (off) regardless

A few weeks ago, Olbermann did a piece in which he took a Sharpie to the Bill of Rights, showing how the Bush Administration has eviscerated so many of our freedoms.

Under the impression that there is something left to take from us, Newt Gingrich, who gives every indication that he is running for President, thinks the husk of the First Amendment has to go.

Union Leader - Gingrich raises alarm at event honoring those who stand up for freedom of speech - Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006
MANCHESTER – Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich yesterday said the country will be forced to reexamine freedom of speech to meet the threat of terrorism.

Gingrich, speaking at a Manchester awards banquet, said a "different set of rules" may be needed to reduce terrorists' ability to use the Internet and free speech to recruit and get out their message.

"We need to get ahead of the curve before we actually lose a city, which I think could happen in the next decade," said Gingrich, a Republican who helped engineer the GOP's takeover of Congress in 1994.

Gingrich spoke to about 400 state and local power brokers last night at the annual Nackey S. Loeb First Amendment award dinner, which fetes people and organizations that stand up for freedom of speech.

Gingrich sharply criticized campaign finance laws he charged were reducing free speech and doing little to fight attack advertising. He also said court rulings over separation of church and state have hurt citizens' ability to express themselves and their faith.

It is saying nothing new to point out that the guy who served divorce papers on his hospitalized wife has some serious stones. But arguing that the First Amendment is as quaint as laws against torture at an event supporting the First Amendment -- just wow.

And to say that campaign finance laws are bad because they fail to stop attack ads is like criticizing drunk driving laws because they fail to stop speeding.

And the claim that the separation of church and state hurts religious expression -- well, that one is so breathtakingly stupid I'm not going to bother taking it on -- you know the drill.

Manchester, in case you were unaware, is in New Hampshire -- the place hopefuls go to sell themselves at retail this far out from an election. 2008 is going to be an interesting year.

(If the headline is obscure to you, look at this. Yet another useless bit of trivia cluttering the attic.)


Blogger Eric Soderstrom said...

Maybe he is just trying to get farther right of even Bush to rally the base?

11:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, the tiny bit of the Constitution that Bush has not gladly surrendered to the terrorists, Gingrich wants to giftwrap for bin Laden. Why not just invite bin Laden to rule from the Oval Office. I think they just did. I would accuse Bush of being bin Laden's ally as he hates America and is an enemy of the state as established under the Constitution, but that is no longer necessary, everyone can see it.

11:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting too! Gingrich would want destroying what little remains of the Constitution as his platform to run for the presidency.

12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chip, chip, chip. Another freedom bites the dust! Republicans are only happy when they're telling people what to do and how to do it.

5:13 AM  

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