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The First Amendment must be suppressed

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  • Tim Condon
    One of the questions that inevitably occurs to any politically aware defender of liberty is this: Will the time ever arrive when active resistance is required?
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 3, 2009
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      One of the questions that inevitably occurs to any politically aware
      defender of liberty is this: Will the time ever arrive when active
      resistance is required? Will the political
      class<http://www.fff.org/freedom/fd0606b.asp>eventually gain enough
      control over government that it will step over that
      invisible line for millions of Americans? It is a thought that comes in the
      quiet, dark hours of the early morning. And each person has a different
      line. Here is one of mine:

      On Thursday evening, November 12, 2009, while channel-surfing I noticed
      Keith Olbermann interviewing Adriana Huffington. I don't normally watch
      Olbermann, as I don't approve of the hatred and vitriol he displays toward
      his political enemies, but what I saw stopped me in my tracks. The two were
      discussing why the government should suppress Glenn Beck and his ideas.
      "There is a reason that free speech is not unlimited," said Huffington.
      "That is why we cannot yell fire in a crowded theater." She went on to
      explain how Glenn Beck's words and his program are like yelling fire in a
      crowded theater, and thus the suppression of his speech by government force
      would be legitimate and desirable. Olbermann agreed and approved.

      These people are not joking, and they are not powerless fringe-players. They
      are serious national commentators. Their likes have been seen many times in
      the past. In the 20th century such people became activists for fascism,
      communism, national socialism (Nazis), Maoism, and other movements. Such
      people, whatever group they align with, share common core goals: They
      champion the persecution and domination of people they disagree with, which
      includes the suppression of inalienable rights, including that of freedom of
      speech noted in the Bill of Rights. If such people are successful today in
      suppressing freedom of speech rights of their political enemies, then the
      time will have come for active civil disobedience. ---Tim Condon


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