With Democrats Like This, Who Needs Republicans?

From CommonDreams, by Ralph E. Shaffer and R. William Robinson

With overwhelming bipartisan support, Rep. Jane Harman’s “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act” passed the House 404-6 late last month and now rests in Sen. Joe Lieberman’s Homeland Security Committee. Swift Senate passage appears certain.

Not since the “Patriot Act” of 2001 has any bill so threatened our constitutionally guaranteed rights.

The historian Henry Steele Commager, denouncing President John Adams’ suppression of free speech in the 1790s, argued that the Bill of Rights was not written to protect government from dissenters but to provide a legal means for citizens to oppose a government they didn’t trust. Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence not only proclaimed the right to dissent but declared it a people’s duty, under certain conditions, to alter or abolish their government.

In that vein, diverse groups vigorously oppose Ms. Harman’s effort to stifle dissent. Unfortunately, the mainstream press and leading presidential candidates remain silent.

Roll over, America! You’re snoring…

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13 thoughts on “With Democrats Like This, Who Needs Republicans?

  1. I hit the read the rest of the story and got the no, no, keep out page……

    More frightfull junk and it’s just another manic Monday…..

    Start putting up bumper sticker’s for your favorite candidate, yard sign’s, what ever…..Massive email to Palosi and Reid…It aint over till this fat lady sing’s…Blessings

  2. Everyday, Bush wakes up… Pelosi wakes up… they look out the window, and say “Wow! They put up with this for ANOTHER night?”

    That’s why he already has National Guard from Florida stationed in DC.

    That’s why they’ve banned certain vehicle from the roads on and near the Capitol.

    They’re ready. When are we?

  3. The article lacks providing the HR resolution number and the voting date(s) for this resolution. This makes me question the validity of the article. I searched the House Roll Call and I couldn’t find the resolution mentioned in this article.

  4. The resolution exists, CDWF…here’s a link.

    I’ve been following the progress of this bill closely ever since I heard about it in August. Lately, I’ve been checking the above link daily for more information…I suggest everyone else do the same.

    This resolution, in the hands of this administration, will criminalize, among other things, this very website. It seems that this administration is now eager for a confrontation, since they believe they hold all the cards.

  5. With the kind of support shown by Congress, this is going to become law.

    One thing to do, when a commission comes to town, ask them point blank to define and discern free speech from “intent” to cause mayhem…

  6. From the article:

    Ms. Harman denies that her bill is a threat to the First Amendment. It clearly states that no measure to prevent homegrown terrorism should violate “constitutional rights, civil rights or civil liberties.”

    Right. And waterboarding is not torture.

    Warrantless wiretapping is not a violation of the 4th Amendment.

    An American citizen can be held for years without charges.

    Legal immigrants can be held indefinitely without charges.

    Peace activists are prevented from leaving the country.

    Three-quarters of a million people are now on the U.S. Government’s Terror Watch List. (http://edition.cnn.com/2007/US/10/24/gao.terrorist.screening/)

  7. Aye, BNF, 750,000. Apparently being called ‘John Anderson’ is enough to get you hassled every time you fly…..

    …. I thought ‘Yes’ was just this rock band you know..

  8. Other names that will get you kicked off a plane at worst and unable to use the online check-in at best:

    Don Young
    Edward Kennedy
    John Lewis
    John Anderson (all John Andersons – including the John William Anderson born in July 2001 that had to be wheeled in his stroller to the check in to prove he was not capable of a terrorist act)


    13% of 1.5m Americans who fly are on the watch list. And guess what? You can’t get off the list no matter how hard you try. That’s the mark of a fascist nation: being on the secret police list and never being able to clear your name…..


    …. achtung.

    First they came for the six-year olds….

  9. So, the government can use this resolution when and if it becomes law to lock up Ann Coulter next time she threatens violence against Supreme Court judges or any other political figure. Ann Coulter would certainly qualify as a terrorist under the wording of this resolution. Limbaugh, O’Reilly, Malkin and FOX News in general would be considered “terrorists” by definition.

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