Okay, I don’t know what that roman numeral is, or even if it’s anything. The point is that there are so many easily documented instances of corruption on the part of the American left that one would think we’d get around, as a society, to doing something about it. After all, they, the American left, are in power.
They own the White House and the American Senate. They own Academia, Hollywood, most of the American media. They own the big cities, and with those in their hands they control the eastern and western seaboards. The American left and their political wing, the Democrat Party, own the vast majority of America, and the parts they own, they rule with an iron fist, permitting neither dissent, nor free speech, nor opposition of any kind. If you were to dare to step off their reservation, they unleash on you what they pretend to loathe the most vociferously: censorship, silencing, blacklisting.
I know, I know, I know… I can hear you: there goes xPraetorius again, and he’s banging the drum of leftist corruption again. ** sigh! ** Will he ever let it go?
Well, no. Not while we still have our country and free speech. Ahhh, free speech! That quaint, inconvenient little thing that Harry Reid and the Democrats would just love to get rid of!
Kevin Williamson has written another piece in the continuing saga of the corruption of Democrats in the great states of Texas and now, Ohio. That piece is here.
Williamson’s writing is dense; loaded to the brim with salvo after salvo, and each salvo making a point in succinct, rapier-like fashion. Williamson thoroughly skewers the Texas — and Ohio — Democrats doing their level best to squash the free speech of American Conservatives, but he doesn’t pose the question that needs to be posed. How do we stop them from doing this?
Here are some key passages from Williamson’s essay:
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism. Dissent is the lowest form of crime. If you are a drone in the hive of the Left, it is possible — easy, in fact — to believe both of those things at the same time.
Yep. We’ve seen that a lot under Obama. Dissent was the highest form of patriotism under George W. Bush, but it was vile racism under Obama.
Free speech just won an important victory in a federal courtroom, though it is shameful that the case ever even had to go to court. Ohio had enacted a plainly unconstitutional law that empowered a government panel to determine whether criticisms offered in political advertisements were sufficiently true to be permitted in the public discourse. Those who have followed the IRS scandal, the Travis County, Texas, prosecutorial scandals, or Harry Reid’s recent effort to repeal the First Amendment will not be surprised that this measure was used as a political weapon against a conservative group, in this case the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List. SBA List criticized a Democratic House member for having voted for the so-called Affordable Care Act (ACA), noting that the law will implicate American taxpayers in the funding of abortions, an entanglement previously minimized through measures such as the Hyde Amendment. Despite the fact that the ACA regime would, among other things, permit federal subsidies for abortion-funding insurance plans, the Ohio Inquisition ruled the ad impermissible, and banned it.
So much for free speech.
The same Texas prosecutor behind the indictments of Governor Perry and Mr. Hall was also behind the indictments of Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and Representative Tom DeLay, both of which ultimately were laughed out of court. The point of these indictments is not to obtain convictions; the prosecutor did not even present a case against Senator Hutchison when the matter came to trial. And the point of the Ohio Inquisition was never to achieve a legal victory against the Susan B. Anthony List: The point was to bully the group, and the billboard company, into remaining silent and forgoing criticism of Democratic candidates. In that, the censors were successful: SBA List won in court, but those billboards never went up.
Bottom line: Free political speech against Democrat candidates was not, ultimately, forbidden, but it was squelched for long enough to get past the elections. In other words — free speech was denied.
Don’t forget, there is no record of any Conservative ever having tried to do this to anyone from the left — that’s not how we do things on the right; there are, however, all sorts of such incidents coming from the left.
Otherwise stated, all the garbage of political correctness, of speech and behavior codes, The IRS crimes, all prospective limits against free speech come from the left, in attempts to limit the speech of the right — of Conservatives or Republicans.
Here’s some more from Williamson:
Likewise, the point of indicting Governor Perry and Mr. Hall is not to send either man to jail, but to harass them, to bully them, to bankrupt them if possible, and to keep them from functioning as effective critics of entrenched Democratic political interests.
The only thing stopping federal authorities from suffocating free speech — not only by independent groups such as the SBA List, but by individuals, trade groups, National Review, and the New York Times — is the First Amendment.
And Harry Reid wants to gut it. Figure out why that is and you’ll know everything you need to know about the Democratic party, which with each passing day functions less and less like a political party and more like a crime syndicate.
It’s worth repeating: “The Democratic party,  with each passing day functions less and less like a political party and more like a crime syndicate.”
Do yourself a favor and read Williamson’s piece, if you think that I’m a little over the top about leftist corruption.