Obama Campaign: ‘No Right To Free Speech’



As I wrote yesterday, the Obama campaign can outright lie; but, if you want to express your opinion the Obama campaign says you are banned from doing so around in the general vicinity of his campaign.

Question: How much hubris does it take for a candidate to assume his position is so superior he can deny the others the right to express their position?

Question: How much fear does a candidate have about his qualifications and judgment that expression of another’s judgment must be sequestered?

Question: If elected, will public dissent for this man result in loss of constitutional rights and the criminalization of free speech?

Here is yet another example of the Obama campaign engaging in street gang, thug style tactics to suppress public opinion:

Mr. Obama, the Democratic nominee for president, is scheduled to speak at a rally at the university today. The public is invited to this forum, on property it, the public, owns. However, signs and banners will not be allowed, according to the organizers and compliant campus officials. Suddenly, UMW is a First Amendment-Free, or at least a First Amendment-Crippled, Zone, subject to the self-serving preferences of politicos. Why does an Obama rally–or a McCain rally or a Nader rally–justify taking a little off the top of Americans’ most fundamental rights?

– The Free Lance Star, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 9/27/2008

Hmm, here is another interesting tidbit:

A UMW spokeswoman says that the Obama campaign required the sign-and-banner ban. That campaign tells us that the ban is for “security” reasons. But a spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service, responsible for protecting presidential candidates, says that the service has no objection to signs at rallies, provided that no “part of the sign could be used as a weapon”–e.g., a heavy metal pole or a sharpened stick. Finally, the McCain campaign tells us, “We encourage people to make signs at our events.”

If you ask me, these are the tactics of a campaign searching in the darkness to grab power, however it can, to legitimize its positions and avoid answering dissent. I guess that is understandable… but, why silence the public when you cannot even get your own running mate to agree with your positions?

Interesting that someone who wants to suspend some variations of free speech across the nation is also willing to sit down at the head-of-state level without preconditions — er, uh, preparations? — no, preconditions with the same person who says Israel will be wiped off the face of the earth by them.

h/t, Michelle Malkin


11 Responses

  1. Love the selective amnesia of you rethuglicans! Your butt buddy bush was the king of thuggery when it came to keeping people from getting anywhere near to protest his administration.

  2. Here we provide a specific example of a public university agreeing to the suppression of free speech on campus due to the demand of presidential candidate’s campaign.

    I don’t recall Bush ever doing anything that extreme while campaigning.


  3. The ability to freely express our concerns and ideas are going to be servility limited under Comrade Obama’s reign as the Dictator of the USSA. The talk on the street that I hear has people afraid. The concern is that the constitution is dead and that is is wrong to work for what you desire. However some of the local collage students here at the UA Campos think it is awesome of Obama to make everyone equal, by taking the results of the hard work of people who work for what they want and give it to people who only want to party, watch tivo, and sit at home doing nothing.

  4. Krebsbach comment is typical of any obamaton. Generalities, insults,no specifics. They get their “truth” while plugged in to the obamaton network. Krebsbach forgot to sign off: “I am Barack Hugochavez Obama and I approved this message”

  5. http://thinkprogress.org/2008/07/07/librarian-with-mccainbush-sign-kicked-out-of-public-campaign-event/
    It may not be Bush, but it is McCain.
    And just for the record, having legal protesters arrested outside, oh, and inside your convention is not really a way to protect the freedom of speech.
    I remind those who speak to the contrary, that majority of McCain, and now McCain/Palin events are becoming increasingly restrictive. Whether they are invitation only, or limited press credentials, they are repressing the rights that you and I hold so dear.
    I will also remind everyone, that the right to peaceably assemble does have limitations, usually governed by the localities. Most require a permit and plans to be submitted at some time before the planned event.

  6. You can thank McCain for some of you outrage:
    The point being, as I’ve said before, “Oh Pot”, said Kettle.

  7. I was gonna let this one slide n8, but…

    This was a public event but it is clearly not on tax-funded public university campus. Here we have capitalism in effect.

    If I hold an event in a place that I pay for and you show up to protest it in the area I am renting to promote your purposes, I can have you removed. Otherwise you can pay part of the rental bill.

    Signs were restricted everywhere on the UMW campus in this case. It is also unclear if the Obama campaign is paying to use the venue. Many times campaigns on public universities do not. I speak from experience having served on a college board that organized events like these throughout college campuses in the Commonwealth.

    The Republican Party of Virginia even threatened to sue me for allowing a Democratic candidate to speak without the Republican candidate (even though it was there neglect to respond to my invitation) at a public university.

  8. Capitalism, that’s the best you can do after McCain threw a librarian out of his event.
    You and I both know colleges and universities, whether public or private, can police the activity of anyone on their. property, this includes signs and protests, and I also speak from experience, no record because all chages were dropped, jk.
    But the pot still calls, “Oh Kettle!”

  9. But no response to the McCain campaign’s antics…interesting.

  10. Just for the record, Ahmadinejad DID NOT say that about Israel, every single one of you people that keep spreading that is just parroting a seriously flawed translation.

    Do some research before you state something as fact.

    I’m not fond of him, but if we misquote him and don’t verify and doublecheck what we say, then how is anyone to believe anything?

    You talk about free speech, but remember…with rights such as free speech go responsibilities and since everyone uses a line he didn’t even say as a reason to start a war, it’s a big responsibility to know of what you speak and to be able to back it up.

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