Nemo me impune lacessit

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No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

Article 1, Section 9, Constitution of the United States

If this is the law of the land...why in a republic (little r) and as republicans, do we allow mere POLITICIANS to the right to use a "title of office" for the rest of their lives as if it were de facto a patent of nobility. Because, as republicans, this should NOT be the case...just saying...

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Freedom Of Speech

Recently the Left has begun attempts to place limits upon political speech.  One form of that is in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on Citizens United v. FEC.  In that case, the Supremes ruled that corporate bodies (companies, small businesses, as well as unions and membership based groups) may now choose to a voice in politics.  All too often, however, free speech is seems to be such a difficult concept to grasp by the  liberal left.   They often feel that such freedom only applies to those with whom they agree with, and that any possible opposition to them is evil and must be stopped forthwith.

Freedom of speech means that you have to allow all of those who don't agree with you the chance to voice their opinions.  That's the dichotomy between the liberal and conservative movements in this country.  Liberals see opposition to be EVIL, thus must be supressed; while conservatives see those in  conflict with them to be MISGUIDED...and thus, should be convinced to the correct course.

As a young man, I volunteered for the United States Marine Corps.  In the last unit I served from August of 1983 until June 1984, HMM-266 the Griffins (now VMM-266, the third unit to activate to fly the MV-22).  There was a banner that hung upon the walls of the "Ready Room".  It said: 
"FIRST TO GO, LAST TO KNOW, We Will Defend To The Death Your Right To Be Misinformed" UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
In a nutshell, that's what freedom of speech means.  You have the right to be misinformed.  That being said, you don't have the right to keep OTHERS from being misinformed either.

Earlier this year, Senator Charles Schummer, D-NY, introduced a bill that  would have the effect of stiffling political speech.  His bill, The Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act (“DISCLOSE Act”), would in his words,
“Anyone who wants to hide, will not do an ad after this legislation passes. And I think there are a lot of people who like to hide … so I think there’ll be many fewer of them.”
The reality is that by forcing everyone (businesses, etc) to disclose whom they are contributing money to, would have a chilling effect upon political speech. 
Their solution was the DISCLOSE Act, a piece of legislation that creates a burdensome new regulatory scheme as well as requires that political ads feature disclaimers which may be as long as 14 seconds in length. This will increase the costs to small businesses and membership based organizations that seek to have a voice – many won’t be able to afford the additional compliance costs and will have their voices silenced.

This of course would add not just regulations, but would have the additional effect of having to hire more governmental workers to ENFORCE the act...thus adding yet more to the size and scope  of government at a time when we need just the opposite.  The time has come for us, as a nation to roll back, not just this attempt to further expance the size and scope of government, but to down size the government, just as many companies have reduced their work forces.

We don't need more regulations that muzzle our natural right to free expression.  We need to stand up and fight yet more attempts to reduce the people of this country to servitude to the government.

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