William O. Douglas noted, “The Alien and Sedition Laws constituted one of our sorriest chapters; and I had thought we had done with them forever … Suppression of speech as an effective police measure is an old, old device, outlawed by our Constitution.”
Chris Matthews, Norah O’Donnell, and Time columnist, Joe Klein are practically accusing Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and others, of sedition. Klein looked up the word and reads the definition, from a napkin, on the Chris Matthews Show. I did not see this because I’m not going to watch the trash. But this is so ridiculous. They are getting silly, just silly.
I wonder if Chris Matthews and/or Joe Klein (or the president himself for that matter) have ever heard of the “chilling of free speech.” Maybe while they are looking up the word sedition, they can look up something on that one.
What do they think of actually writing a book entitled, “How to Overthrow the Government?” New York Times called it: “Devastating” and David Shribman says that Huffington “has written a manifesto that can be summarized with an old-line popular cry: Throw the bums out.” Jim Hightower praised it: “Up with Arianna! She’s outraged, she’s knowledgeable,…and she points us in the right direction to take our country back.” I think you can get a copy from Amazon for about $12.00. I just hope to God it doesn’t excite anybody to violence. 🙂
“Huffington offers radical yet viable strategies for reclaiming our nation from the corporate and political powers that hold it hostage. For, as she argues, if We the People are to preserve and protect our more perfect union, we must stand up and fight for our country — before it’s too late.”
Yep, that’s exactly what the Tea Party movement is all about.
This is still America, we are Americans, and we will continue to speak, continue to rally, continue to meet, and continue to protest what is going on in our country. And, yes, it is the government, the White House, and the media and the press, all working in concert to try to discredit, disrespect, silence, slander and defame the American people.
Take a look at this brand new poll from Pew showing about 80 percent of the people have no confidence in the government. And I’ll add the media to that as well. 80 percent is a lot of folks. Who could the drop in the bucket 20 percent be? Probably the people in the White House and their mouths, the mainstream media.
Our numbers are growing, our resolve is getting stronger and stronger, and we know we are on the right side of this issue.
And about Sedition:
…..in the seminal free speech case of NEW YORK TIMES Co. v. Sullivan, the Court declared, “ Although the Sedition Act was never tested in this Court, the attack upon its validity has carried the day in the court of history.” 376 U.S. 254, 276 (1964). In a concurring opinion in Watts v. United States, which involved an alleged threat against President Lyndon Johnson, William O. Douglas noted, “The Alien and Sedition Laws constituted one of our sorriest chapters; and I had thought we had done with them forever … Suppression of speech as an effective police measure is an old, old device, outlawed by our Constitution.”
Funny little story about Sedition:
While the Alien and Sedition Laws were in force, John Adams, en route from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Quincy, Massachusetts, stopped in Newark, New Jersey, where he was greeted by a crowd and by a committee that saluted him by firing a cannon. A bystander said, “There goes the President and they are firing at his ass.” Luther Baldwin was indicted for replying that he did not care “if they fired through his ass.” He was convicted in the federal court for speaking “sedicious words tending to defame the President and Government of the United States” and fined, assessed court costs and expenses, and placed in jail until the fine and fees were paid.
Jury nullification was practiced in many cases involving the Alien and Sedition Acts.
I am sure Chris Matthews and Mr. Klein are keenly aware of all of this. You don’t think they would try to bamboozle anybody, do you?
God, they sure do hate us.
Posted: 04.19.10 Revised: 04.20.10
“Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. — U.S. President Woodrow Wilson —
“But when our laws, our leaders or our government are out of alignment with our ideals, then the dissent of ordinary Americans may prove to be one of the truest expression of patriotism.” — U.S. President Barack H. Obama —