Saturday, September 27, 2008

Barack Obama organizes Truth Squads

Now this is scary. Presented the way it is, you might not think so, but I'll present some of the implications. Here's the video:

Truth squads, huh? No problem. They'll just make sure people don't lie or misrepresent. We'd like fair, clean campaigns.

The only problem is we haven't had a clean fair campaign since George Washington won the presidency. We have had something close to "Truth Squads" before, though. President Woodrow Wilson had government paid bands of thugs who went about enforcing government newspeak to prevent thoughtcrime. For those not familiar with the novel, I'm using concepts from George Orwell's book 1984. The idea of government strictly controlling what you can say, and trying to control what you think is a frighteningly real one that few people know President Woodrow Wilson tried to implement, not just with paid thugs but also with ad campaigns that urged citizens to call the Justice Department to report friends and family who said anything about the U.S. and her allies losing World War I. It was the closest we've ever come to Fascism, and it's making a comeback. It's precisely the opposite of what was intended by the First Amendment to the Constitution.

There are other frightening issues raised by the above news story. The apparent purpose of 527 groups is to put out misleading ads to support their special causes. You'll notice that the police and prosecutors in Missouri, however, are only going to enforce newspeak against those who run such ads about Obama. They aren't bothering to stop such things against McCain. Since when is it okay for any law enforcement agency to use official powers in a partisan manner? Justice is supposed to be equal for everyone, and blind to power, prestige and politics in its execution.

Truth Squads carry with them the seeds of Fascism in part because they appear so benign. Looking at history demonstrates they're the first step to loss of freedom of expression; a deliberate gag on the First Amendment brought to you by Barack Obama. If he's doing this as a candidate, think of what he might do as the president.

A few hours after I posted, Missouri Governor Matt Blunt gave an unequivocal statement on the Truth Squads:

Gov. Matt Blunt today issued the following statement on news reports that have exposed plans by U.S. Senator Barack Obama to use Missouri law enforcement to threaten and intimidate his critics.

“St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch, St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer, and Obama and the leader of his Missouri campaign Senator Claire McCaskill have attached the stench of police state tactics to the Obama-Biden campaign.

“What Senator Obama and his helpers are doing is scandalous beyond words, the party that claims to be the party of Thomas Jefferson is abusing the justice system and offices of public trust to silence political criticism with threats of prosecution and criminal punishment.

“This abuse of the law for intimidation insults the most sacred principles and ideals of Jefferson. I can think of nothing more offensive to Jefferson’s thinking than using the power of the state to deprive Americans of their civil rights. The only conceivable purpose of Messrs. McCulloch, Obama and the others is to frighten people away from expressing themselves, to chill free and open debate, to suppress support and donations to conservative organizations targeted by this anti-civil rights, to strangle criticism of Mr. Obama, to suppress ads about his support of higher taxes, and to choke out criticism on television, radio, the Internet, blogs, e-mail and daily conversation about the election.

“Barack Obama needs to grow up. Leftist blogs and others in the press constantly say false things about me and my family. Usually, we ignore false and scurrilous accusations because the purveyors have no credibility. When necessary, we refute them. Enlisting Missouri law enforcement to intimidate people and kill free debate is reminiscent of the Sedition Acts - not a free society.”

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