Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Obama Administration brings back Bush-era "free speech zones"

Students at Wright State University who were protesting against Joseph Biden when he visited the campus last week were quarantined a quarter-mile away from the Vice President by the Secret Service. This happened not once, but twice. The rationale given by the Secret Service: they "didn't want the protesters to be too close to the motorcade."

Before any Republicans or Romney supporters cry "foul" about this, it would be well to remember that this exact same thing was routine policy during the presidency of George W. Bush! But that fact hasn't deterred a number of people on "conservative" websites from claiming that the Secret Service is violating the First Amendment, that Obama is violating the Constitution ad nauseum... when Obama's predecessor, a Republican president, was also insulating himself from public dissent with the very same methods, and on a much more chronic basis. Very many of Bush's following at the time had no problem whatsoever with the First Amendment rights of protestors being quashed. But now that the shoe's on the other foot...

"Free speech for me, but not for thee." I guess depending on who has the power, more animals really are more equal than others.

I don't want to hear any whining about Obama or Biden's use of "free speech zones" from past or present supporters of George W. Bush. As far as I'm concerned, come January we'll have had at least twelve years of regime by successive egomaniacs with narcissistic disorder. And I don't give a flying rat's butt which party either one belongs to.

So people: what's it going to take for us to quit supporting this sham?

3 comments:

Matt In Moreland said...

Thank You! Both parties are corrupt, want only power. I remember the free speech zones from Bush as well. Democrats hated it then but Republicans excused them. Now Democrats have them but Republicans are hypocrites for saying they're bad. Thank you for being one of the few not afraid to tell it as it is.

Anonymous said...

I love the irony you're clearly blind to that you're deciding who gets free speech on your very site. "I don't want to hear any whining about Obama or Biden's use of 'free speech zones' from past or present supporters of George W. Bush." And I note supporters of Obama who complained about free speech zones under Bush are welcome to be happy about them now and defend them.

Maybe the answer is everyone gets to speak and we all join in condemning this practice. You know, we used to have people who did that. What were they called?

Oh right. Americans.

You also might want to refer to both Obama and Bush by their titles, just for consistency, although you clearly only lean for one.

Chris Knight said...

"You also might want to refer to both Obama and Bush by their titles, just for consistency, although you clearly only lean for one."

New reader of this blog, aye?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Obama Administration brings back Bush-era "free speech zones"

Students at Wright State University who were protesting against Joseph Biden when he visited the campus last week were quarantined a quarter-mile away from the Vice President by the Secret Service. This happened not once, but twice. The rationale given by the Secret Service: they "didn't want the protesters to be too close to the motorcade."

Before any Republicans or Romney supporters cry "foul" about this, it would be well to remember that this exact same thing was routine policy during the presidency of George W. Bush! But that fact hasn't deterred a number of people on "conservative" websites from claiming that the Secret Service is violating the First Amendment, that Obama is violating the Constitution ad nauseum... when Obama's predecessor, a Republican president, was also insulating himself from public dissent with the very same methods, and on a much more chronic basis. Very many of Bush's following at the time had no problem whatsoever with the First Amendment rights of protestors being quashed. But now that the shoe's on the other foot...

"Free speech for me, but not for thee." I guess depending on who has the power, more animals really are more equal than others.

I don't want to hear any whining about Obama or Biden's use of "free speech zones" from past or present supporters of George W. Bush. As far as I'm concerned, come January we'll have had at least twelve years of regime by successive egomaniacs with narcissistic disorder. And I don't give a flying rat's butt which party either one belongs to.

So people: what's it going to take for us to quit supporting this sham?

3 comments:

Matt In Moreland said...

Thank You! Both parties are corrupt, want only power. I remember the free speech zones from Bush as well. Democrats hated it then but Republicans excused them. Now Democrats have them but Republicans are hypocrites for saying they're bad. Thank you for being one of the few not afraid to tell it as it is.

Anonymous said...

I love the irony you're clearly blind to that you're deciding who gets free speech on your very site. "I don't want to hear any whining about Obama or Biden's use of 'free speech zones' from past or present supporters of George W. Bush." And I note supporters of Obama who complained about free speech zones under Bush are welcome to be happy about them now and defend them.

Maybe the answer is everyone gets to speak and we all join in condemning this practice. You know, we used to have people who did that. What were they called?

Oh right. Americans.

You also might want to refer to both Obama and Bush by their titles, just for consistency, although you clearly only lean for one.

Chris Knight said...

"You also might want to refer to both Obama and Bush by their titles, just for consistency, although you clearly only lean for one."

New reader of this blog, aye?