Saturday, May 30, 2009

Silence is Required

Ed Morrisey on Hot Air complains, "Silencing dissent and criticism is “necessary under the unique circumstances of the stimulus program”? Gee, what “unique circumstances” might those be? Perhaps the fact that it costs more than the Moon shot, and has yet to halt the economic skid. Maybe it’s the fact that most of the stimulus package doesn’t actually stimulate anything except doctrinaire liberal dreams and the pens that check off the items from the Democratic wish list.

Remember when the Left took to the streets to declare dissent “patriotic” during wartime? I didn’t have a problem with dissent then, but apparently the Left has a curious definition of “patriotism”. Now, suddenly, the federal government can silence their critics at will, not to protect critical national-security programs or keep from undermining a war effort, but to protect a Democratic president intent on seizing control of private industry across a wide swath of the nation. Suddenly, that kind of dissent threatens America."

It was this statement by Norman Eisen, special counsel to Barack Obama, that set him off:
"First, we will expand the restriction on oral communications to cover all persons, not just federally registered lobbyists. For the first time, we will reach contacts not only by registered lobbyists but also by unregistered ones, as well as anyone else exerting influence on the process. We concluded this was necessary under the unique circumstances of the stimulus program."

A commenter was kind enough to include the dictionary definition of fascism.
fascism: /ˈfæʃɪzəm/[fash-iz-uhm] –noun 1. a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.

Thank you, Conservative Scalawag, for calling this to my attention.


LL said...

If The Glorious Leader, Kim Jong Il, the goofy little near-sighted troll-like potentate who runs the People's Republic of Korea, said this, we'd laugh it off and consider the source.

When it comes from the White House it's not funny.

At least it's not funny to me.

Left Coast Rebel said...

I just saw this as well at Hot Air, I'll write on this too.....

WoFat said...

Nor do I smile at this descent into Communism.

There are those who wold pshaw Communism, a big smile from the left and ultra-left. To those persons, 'Bite me.'

Bungalow Bill said...

Do you even recognize the United States anymore? It's like we have awoken in a bad nightmare, and there are Obamabot zombies everywhere who fail to pay attention to the truth.

Just a conservative girl said...

This is the reason I have choosen to get more involved in things. I paid attention before, but now I write letters, blog and go to meetings. It amazes me how many people seem unconcerned.

angelina said...

I listen to and read about a lot of what is going on today, and I have to answer hard questions from my kids....I fear they will never know "America" as I have known. It is a sad day.