Monday, June 14, 2010

Obama Moves to Silence Gun Groups and Other Political Opponents

You need to know about this.

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-- -- Bill clears committee hurdle, going to the House floor soon

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Fresh from his efforts to seize government control of the health services sector (ObamaCare) and the financial markets ("finance reform"), Barack Obama has a new priority: silence his political opposition.

As satisfying as it was for Obama to seize control of one-sixth of the economy, he has had to suffer protest from the "little people" (like us). So he is pushing the Orwellian "DISCLOSE" bill (HR 5175) to make sure gun groups and other pro-freedom forces cannot mobilize their members in the upcoming elections.

When Obama says "disclose," what he really means is "disclose gun group membership lists."

Not surprisingly, these efforts to shut down free speech don't apply to Obama allies, like Democratic-leaning labor unions. They only apply to groups which are not reliable Obama allies, like Gun Owners of America.

But, for those groups whose free speech is targeted for Obama's wrath under this bill, the consequences are severe:

* Under Title II of the bill, GOA (and other groups, as well as many bloggers) who merely mention public officials within 60 days of an election could be required to file onerous disclosures -- potentially including their membership lists.

* Also under Title II, GOA could be required to spend as much as half of the time of a 30-second ad on government-written disclosures.

* In addition, Sections 201 through 203 would potentially put the government's snooping eyes on any American who voices a political opinion, despite the fact that the Supreme Court, in Buckley v. Valeo, declared that Americans have a right to voice their opinion to an unlimited extent, if unconnected with a political campaign.

Here's an idea: If Obama is so irritated at the Supreme Court's defense of political free speech by groups like GOA, why doesn't he apply his sleazy new rules to his political allies, as well?



fuzzys dad said...

I will cross post this with a link back to you.

olde.fashioned said...

This is like something out of dystopian fiction. *facepalm*

tha malcontent said...

obama is full of crap.... The Dems know it and we know it...

guitargirl said...

Hey there! Russle Crowe is a pretty awesome actor. :D I liked him a lot in Cinderella Man.

I have not seen I, Robot yet. Want to. But haven't gotten the chance. *pout*

Gravelbelly said...

The right to keep and bear arms puts teeth in the right to freedom of speech and freedom of association. They stand or fall together.

Thanks for posting.

The Warrior said...

Fuzzys dad: Thank you sir!

Guitargirl: You should see I, Robot. Very close to what I expect to see one day, minus two things (basically, the ending is garbage in my definition...but the whole film is really great for what it makes you consider).

Gravelbelly: Indeed. Thanks for visiting; I always appreciate your comments.