Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has been speaking out against the “tolerant” Left’s “militant intolerance for dissent.” He claims that the Left wants to simply be able to go after those on Obama’s enemies list and he’s right.
Curt Levey from Breitbart.com writes,
McConnell notes that the President’s “Nixonian fixation on enemies” trickles down to his allies outside the government. In just one of myriad examples, the progressive Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has called on its friends at the FCC to revoke the FOX Broadcasting Company’s 27 broadcast licenses. CREW disingenuously cites a phone hacking scandal in Britain involving FOX’s parent company, but not FOX itself. Not content to harass FOX using only one branch of government, CREW and its allies are also demanding Congressional hearings on revocation of the FOX licenses.
Organizations on the Left are also turning to the judicial branch to harass their perceived enemies with frivolous “lawfare” suits, saddling their opponents with expensive, time-consuming litigation. Witness the federal lawsuit recently filed on behalf of homosexual activists in Uganda. It charges the defendant, a pro-family writer and pastor, with a “crime against humanity.”
The Left’s eager self-righteousness means that laws against harassment and even violence are no obstacle to suppressing political expression deemed unacceptable. After opponents of a California ballot initiative prohibiting gay marriage publicized the addresses of the initiative’s supporters, many supporters suffered property damage or received threats of violence or death, including envelopes containing a white powdery substance. It’s no wonder so many on the Left, under the cover of campaign finance reform, are anxious to extend federal donor disclosure requirements to non-profit social welfare groups that express an opinion at election time.
Not only does McConnell point out the connections between White House officials and David Brock’s Media Matters, a leftist organization with anti-Semitic and anti-Christian mission statement that has been targeting conservatives and organizing corporate intimidation campaigns, but he also goes on to state that David “Axelrod has said one of the things the president wants to do after he gets reelected is amend the First Amendment for the first time in history – an act of genuine radicalism.”
He also acknowledged that many Tea Party people don’t have the resources to go up against the State or the IRS if they should be harassed by the Obama administration. “They’re up against the State here … They’re confronted with a choice between compliance and getting hung, or not complying and getting subjected to [legal] costs that they can’t afford.”
He called the people in the Obama administration “scary” and says “they need to be stopped.” While he regrets the one of his greatest disappointments is witnessing President George W. Bush sign McCain-Feingold, a bill which in effect regulated free speech as defined in the Constitution, he says the only way to stop this is at the ballot box in November.
I agree partially. Let’s say Republicans take the White House and the Senate and pick up more seats in the House, then what? That’s where we were in George W. Bush’s first term and what did we get? We didn’t see them deal with real issues and threats to the Constitution. In fact, we saw many intrusions upon liberty and the Constitution, including the U.S. Patriot Act and McCain-Feingold.
I think I speak for many conservative Americans when I say that we are going to start holding these politicians to a higher standard than in the past. If they don’t perform according to the Constitution, we are going to begin ejecting them as fast as they got in. It happened in 2010 and many of those who entered and took positions of power have shown they don’t know what to do with it and won’t do what is right but what is politically expedient. Those guys are about to be out of public service. Others have demonstrated that they will put their money where their mouth is. They should stay.
McConnell is right though Obama’s enemy list does threaten our First Amendment rights, but so does every representative of the people who won’t stand up against him. What’s even scarier is that his administration has already come out and declared they can assassinate anyone they choose to call a terrorist, including American citizens.