Thugs of Parade
What we’re getting a foreshadowing of in the final days of this election is what we can expect to be federal policy in an Obama Administration. Any criticism will be out of bounds, and as has been on parade at FSP criticism of Obama=Racism. This is nothing more or less than an attempt by the left to do to political speech what it has already done to campus speech.
Mark Newgent points out general examples of the mob violence that seems to go as naturally with the Obama campaign as the Saying of Chairman Mao. I’d even add to the list the incident in Galax, Virginia where Obama supporters apparently heard Obama’s commandment to “get in their face” as “spray them with Mace.”
More disturbing is the propensity of the Obama campaign to try to pervert the judicial process into a campaign tool in a style much more reminiscent of a banana republic than one would expect in the United States. Glenn Reynolds has a pretty good round up.
This has been accentuated by what seems to be a blatant violation of the Drivers Privacy Protection Act on the part of Ohio Job and Family Services Director Helen Jones-Kelley (maxed out as a donor to Obama) in launching an investigation in whether or not Joe Wurzelbacher, who had the temerity to challenge The One in public, owed child support.
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What is clear is that despite the howls of impending fascism by the left over the past eight years Isaac Smith is not in Guantanamo Bay. His personal records have not been divulged by Bush supporters. He is free to call anyone he pleases as racist. In short, the claims of a reduction of civil liberties under the Bush Administration are like so many other calumnies hurled by the left (like the “Kill him” lie that Smith still energetically flogs) utter hogwash.
On the other hand we see that the Obama campaign and his supporters actively employ violence, threats by law enforcement officials, demand letters by lawyers, and the disclosure of personal, and under law confidential, information to shut down their opponents. This is while they are out of power.