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Free speech under attack in progressive California

While the state continues to flounder in an economic quagmire, unemployment creeps deeper into double digits and residents continue to pay some of the highest taxes in the country; Sacramento lawmakers think it’s time to move on to shutting up the voters in a clear attack on freedom of speech.

The California experiment has failed. Lawmakers are failing their constituents. And legislators want to snag the only power a free people have – words.

The mentality of the overwhelming Democratic elitists in Sacramento should be ashamed of themselves. The state Senate passed along party line SCR 58 a resolution that would hinder free speech, in particular, my free speech.

Under the guise of ‘hate speech’ this resolution would implement new government tactics to draw up guide lines as to what journalists, talk radio, media and Internet content is deemed appropriate.

The resolution states, “Hate speech has been defined as speech which threatens imminent unlawful action,” this seems amiable enough, however the resolution doesn’t stop there; “but also, as speech which creates a climate of hate and prejudice, which in turn MAY foster the commission of hate crimes.”

Here in lies the problem. What will be deemed hate speech and who will decide whether a word is taken out of context or not?

“This is more posturing by the left and SCR 58 is a reflection of the culture in Sacramento,” says George Runner-R California State Senator.

When the state is in a heap of trouble financially, the ineptitude of Democratic leadership in Sacramento is trying to tinker with free speech; it’s purely asinine.

“This crosses the line of political free speech and this resolution has the ability to turn different viewpoints into hate speech,” Runner explains.

SCR 58 was the brainchild of Gil Cedillo-D. The one page resolution targets negative speech in regard to Latinos who remain undocumented in California. Rather than leave this Constitutional Amendment to the Supreme Court, Cedillo undermines Californians to further his withering political clout.

“We lawmakers in Sacramento should be only looking at resolutions that will create jobs because without a bright future the state fails,” Runner explains.

Also included in the resolution; “The legislature condemns the increase of hate speech in the media and demands accurate and far reporting as well as equal access to counter one-sided hate speech in the media, and in particular, hate speech on television, radio, cable and the Internet.”

It’s surprising the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) hasn’t swooped into action and closed down all those hate mongering network and cable television shows. The FCC’s job is to monitor what is transmitted throughout America’s airwaves.

If Cedillo wants a little more balance on the Internet, I suggest he rounds up all his supporters and direct them to the public library and start typing. The Internet completely leveled the playing field as far as free speech is concerned.

Spending a day discussing this ludicrous resolution in California lends itself to the capability and competence of those in Sacramento driving the state into the ocean.

“Discussing anything other than the economy in Sacramento is simply reckless,” Runner said. “The idea of identifying hate speech, I think, is a chill to what we celebrate in America.”

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Shh, I won’t tell anyone

In an attempt to regain some leverage in the health care argument, the White House is asking the American people to tattle on their neighbors.

The Obama Administration will now look to back-stabbing neighbors to turn in any “fishy” information they come across in emails, rumors and casual conversation. The White House has set up a special email address,, in order to collect data via the internet.

This new Nazi-style tactic has enraged Americans on the left and right.

Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas spoke publicly and loudly on the White House compiling an “enemy list.”

In a letter to the President he wrote, “I am not aware of any precedent for a president asking American citizens to report their fellow citizens to the White House for pure political speech that is deemed ‘fishy’ or otherwise inimical to the White House’s political interests.”

At this point the Obama Administration’s plan to save the single-payer plan within the health care bill have now all been obliterated and the drastic step of spying is their last resort.

Many though, feel this tactic will back-fire and cause more citizens to look deeper into the many bills floating around Washington.

At a rally for Virginia Gubernatorial Democrat Creigh Deeds, the President spoke about the health care hype. “I don’t want the folks who created the mess doing a lot of talking. I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess.”

The White House has also employed its ally, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to start attending the town hall meetings to level the playing field.

This however didn’t go so well as a local conservative activist, Kenneth Gladney, who is black, claims he was attacked by Obama supporters at the SEIU event.

He made a statement to the St. Louis Dispatch from the hospital; “It just seems there’s no freedom of speech without being attacked.”

Also it is good to remember the past and learn from history. For example during the Nixon era, the President employed a “brown shirt” army of CIA operatives dressed in civilian clothes to target anti-war protestors. It was the protestor’s rights that were upheld by the Supreme Court.

Perhaps our President forgot that we have a pesky little document, the Constitution, in place and its First Amendment rights are a guarantee “we the citizens” have.

In fact, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) “has fought the White House policy of shielding the president from dissent. The First Amendment protects the right to free speech, but that right is undermined if protestors can’t be heard.” This is the first paragraph on the ACLU’s website.

This right is guaranteed to all citizens, regardless of political affiliation, color of skin or religious preference.

As the August recess begins for Senators, the White House held a Democrat-only meeting providing tips for the Senators when it comes to disastrous town hall meetings.

“If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard,” said Jim Messina deputy chief of staff for the President at the meeting.

It appears that the White House is planning to use Chicago-style strong-arm tactics across the country this August and I’m sure this isn’t change I can believe in.

P.S. This was written by my next door neighbor.

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