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Friday, August 29, 2008

Barack "The Silencer" Obama's Gangland Assault On Free Speech

Usually, politicians who seek the Presidency don't get their nicknames until they reach the Oval Office and do something to earn themselves that nickname. Barack Obama has jumped the gun on this and gotten himself a nickname even before the convention nominating him was over. He is now known as "The Silencer."

In my blog posting from yesterday, I noted how the Obama camp is engaging in strong-arm tactics and even legal threats to stifle free speech. They are specifically targeting a TV ad which legitimately questions Obama's relationship with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers. Further, the TV ad uses no untruthful information yet the Obama camp refers to its content as "lies" without offering a single shred of evidence to support their claim.

Thus, Obama has become "The Silencer." Michelle Malkin over at TownHall has some more on this:

Where are all the free speech absolutists when you need them? Over the past month, left-wing partisans and Democratic lawyers have waged a brass-knuckled intimidation campaign against GOP donors, TV and radio stations, and even an investigative journalist because they have all dared to question the radical cult of Barack Obama. A chill wind blows, but where the valiant protectors of political dissent are, nobody knows.

On August 11, I called the American Civil Liberties Union national headquarters in New York for comment about the Chicago gangland tactics of one of these groups -- a nonprofit called "Accountable America" that is spearheaded by a former operative of the Obama-endorsing MoveOn outfit.


The ACLU press office failed to respond to my initial call. On August 13, I followed up through e-mail:

"I called on Monday requesting a statement from the ACLU about Accountable America's intimidation campaign against GOP donors. What is the ACLU's position with regard to such efforts? Waiting for your statement..."

ACLU press officer Pamela Bradshaw e-mailed back:

"Michelle, My apologies that I cannot be of more assistance, but we don't have anyone available. Thanks, Pam."

My reply: "Pam -- Does this mean you don't have anyone available today, this week, or for the foreseeable future?"

On August 20, after a week of silence, I forwarded the message again to the ACLU press office. No response.

In a stunning act of hypocrisy, the ACLU refuses to denounce the strong-arm tactics of The Silencer and his minions. That comes as very little surprise given that the ACLU has done everything in its power in recent years to curb traditional freedoms and uphold freedoms that have only recently been invented.

But this is the part that should really make you stop and think. Barack Obama, for all of his eloquence and class, is engaging in a campaign of censorship that sinks to the level of street-thugs.

Michelle highlights the real Barack Obama:

Behind the glowing, peaceful facade lies Barack "The Silencer" Obama and his silent enablers on the left. While mainstream journalists schmoozed with liberal celebrities in Denver, practiced yoga with left-wing bloggers and received massages at the Google convention tent near touchy-feely Barackopolis, Team Obama was on an ugly, aggressive warpath sanctioned by Mr. Civility. While compassionate Obama prepared to stand before thousands of worshipers at Invesco Field, purporting to give voice to the voiceless, his Chicago-schooled campaign machine was working overtime to muzzle conservative critics. "We want it to stop," ordered one pro-Obama caller to WGN.

You can access the complete article on-line here:

Barack "The Silencer" Obama's Gangland Assault On Free Speech
Michelle Malkin
August 29, 2008

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