posted on Mar, 13 2009 @ 08:17 AM
Originally posted by jsobecky
It is never right for a gov't to interfere in permitted free speech.
Absolutely. It's really funny seeing people who were completely comfortable with all the excesses of the Bush years (Plamegate, for example, the
deliberate targeting of private citizens and much worse) are now getting all whiny (sorry, but there's no other word) now that the Obama
administration is starting up with the same stuff.
Did you support the Republicans during Plamegate? Did you support the anti-war protestors' right to free speech when the government set up "free
speech areas" away from intended protest sites. As someone put it at the time, "the whole country's a free speech area". Or that's the fiction,
You did, quite correctly, identify the most hypocritical element of the O'Malley diatribe. But were you so clear-eyed about the Bushies? You
didn't seem to care, IIRC, about Valerie Plame's name being leaked. And that was actually illegal.
And I'm non-partisan - I think, if anything, Obama's more dangerous than Bush because he's more charismatic and plausible. But they're really two
sides of the same coin, to some extent.