Thursday, January 13, 2011

Grab their Guns and Shut them Up!

Why should it be more of a crime to threaten a politician than it is to threaten an ordinary citizen?

A threat is a threat, and all credible threats should be treated equally under the law regardless of who issues the threat or who is threatened.
"The president is a federal official," Brady told CNN in a telephone interview. "You can't do it to him; you should not be able to do it to a congressman, senator or federal judge." (The Hill)
You shouldn't be able to do it to anyone, congressman! A threat to my wife or a threat to Harry Reid; it doesn't matter. Both are criminal and should be punished.  This concept is a cornerstone of The Rule of Law. 

David Weigel at Slate explains better than I can why this is a bad idea.
Brady's proposed legislation is half unenforceable and half redundant. Threats against public officials are already illegal. A year ago, a Pennsylvania man was arrested because his interminable YouTube rants veered into threats against Eric Cantor, who's now the House majority leader.
Loughner didn't make any YouTube threats. (Slate)
Such proposed laws are really about controlling speech, but like gun control, the nuts and the criminals the law is directed at won't obey it anyway...
If someone like Jared Loughner wants to develop bizarre ideas about government based on obscure online theories—or based on nothing at all—no amount of civil dialogue will prevent it.  (Slate)
Here's the real agenda.

Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) suggested the Federal Communications Commission was "not working anymore," adding she would look at ways to better police language on the airwaves.  (The Hill-New Curbs)
Yes. All that criticism of failed, tired statist policies foisted upon us by a power-mad democratic party is getting out of hand. "Irresponsible speech" and free-thinking caused a turnover in the house of representatives and almost upturned the senate. We can't have that!
"What I'd like to see is if we could all get together on both sides of the aisle, Democrats and Republicans, and really talk about what we can do to cool down the country," Slaughter said.(The Hill-New Curbs)
Liberals want to cool down the criticism, take the heat off of themselves, their horrible agenda, and the multi-trillion dollar failures they have burdened us all with. "Cool down the country" means shut up criticism of liberalism and put off limits all this wild talk about shrinking our bloated, inefficient politburo-style government and the big fat Greek-style debt it has incurred. That's the kind of talk these failed statists in the Democratic party want to squelch.

To equate criticism of government with killing people is repulsive, but that's the stinking sewer liberals now find themselves mired in. They are completely repudiated and their policies discredited, so all they have left is to tell the country to shut up, and enforce their imperial mandate with the force of law.


Linda said...

Silver ~ Excellent post! You are so right when you state that the real agenda is to stifle criticism of liberal policies. Liberals refuse to acknowledge all the hate-filled rants from their fellow libs, but they jump all over policy criticism as dangerous "hate speech" aimed at our "black" president. I'm amazed at how they can not see their own hypocrisy.

tha malcontent said...

I agree with Linda, SF that was an Excellent post!
For the past few days, I have been posting about this with other Conservative Posters, and the lefty/Progressive bloggers have been calling ME crazy for the posts I wrote until it came out that this LUNATIC had NO political beliefs but was a LUNATIC and nothing else but a LUNATIC .
And the sheriff that thinks he is a political genius is nothing more than a phoney, fraud and a fake as well. Some Sleuth, he even failed to mention the fact that he himself had made over 10 visits to the Shooters home for Drug and Violence reasons. How come these Leftist idiots are so swift to either change or omit the facts when they are guilty. Why wasn’t there any mention of this sheriff’s ineptness, incompetence, and negligence off omitting facts? ...He sure knew how to put the blaming on people who were completely innocent , and somehow forgot to mention that the lunatic shooter had NO political persuasion

Trestin said...

They are trying to make themselves into a the societal upper-class. Protected by and answering to a completely different set of laws.

Jersey McJones said...

Conservatives often foist this same sort of statist nonsense on us as well. Take for example the different penalties we have for harming a police officer, regardless of mitigation or aggravation. It's just automatic. And that is not prudent juris. Frankly, I do not think it is even constitutional, violating the equal protection clause.


Lisa said...

They accuse Sarah Palin of facilitating murder and then they want to shut up those who speak up against those claims.
This republican congress had better grow a huge pair and not let these power hungry bomb throwers get their way.
Of course it's all a plot to distract from the increasing unemployment,increase in food and gas prices an not to mention the increased health care costs,the other big lie.
I guess those high gas prices must be because Obama is in bed with big oil.

Rob said...

Man, I'm so fed up with hearing the media spewing forth on how the "political vitriol" is to blame for the Tucson shooting. Words may be powerful, but you can't fault healthy - or even heated - debate for the incomprehensible actions of one nutjob.

Dems are using this as a way to say, "See, the more you question our bullsh*t, the more you incite violence." Gimme a freakin' break!

Jersey McJones said...

I think it's very funny to hear the commercial media complaining about over-the-top rhetoric. Where would they be without it?

The most popular cable news outlets, news-talk-radio, and much of the local news, are nothing but purile sensationalism. I'm guilty of enjoying some of that goofy garbage myself sometimes... ;) (Oh, c'mon! It's fun!)

I was watching the good ol' NewsHour yesterday, and thought to myself, "Wow! Real grown-ups talking!"

I think I'll just stick with the old sources for anything I take seriously. The new ones are all crap.


Most Rev. Gregori said...

Already schools in NY State are beginning to brain wash students into accepting the elimination of our Second Amendment right to bear arms.

So I guess it won't be long before Obama, by fiat, signs on to the UN Small Arms Treaty which will effectively do away with the Second Amendment.

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