Let us begin with the caveat that many average Democrats are very pro-free speech and would give their lives as readily as any conservative I know to defend that right for all other Americans.
That being said, the average Democrat party leader, official, and elected representative do not support freedom of speech, though they will go to their grave claiming they do.
The leadership of the Democrat party is enthralled with the philosophy and ideology of Karl Marx. They adhere to the marxist ideal that government should be used as a catalyst to bring about the proletariat’s (poor, have nots) overthrow of the bourgeois (rich, haves). They believe that the evolutionary destiny of mankind is to reach a worker’s paradise, heaven on earth.
The idea that man can achieve perfection on earth is blatantly anti-Christian. Man is sinful and will not achieve heaven on his own. Further, looking to politics or government or even the poor of the earth for some sort of human redemption is faulty, is folly, and is sin to those who call on the name of Christ. Political messianism is never a safe, happy, or productive path. It will never reach it’s goal.
Further, because the goal of marxism is a man-made heaven, and the path is socio-political evolution, there is no moral compass to guide or constrain the actions of those who have tasked themselves with bringing about this momentous and wrong-headed change.
There is no rule that cannot be broken, nor should not if the need is there. There is no truth that cannot be lied about, there is no fact that cannot be contravened.
And there is no freedom or liberty of bedrock foundation of our system of government and society that cannot be broken down for the sake of the inexorable march of human evolution towards the marxist nirvana.
So there is a vision of human heaven, a path of agreed-upon human evolution, a messianic government. And people who don’t agree.
The result is this: Democrat leaders in Congress using the power of the IRS and the Department of Justice to investigate people and organizations who oppose them.
If at first you don’t succeed, get some friends in high places to shut your opponents up. That’s the latest Washington power play, as Democrats and liberals attack the Chamber of Commerce and independent spending groups in an attempt to stop businesses from participating in politics.
Since the Supreme Court’s January decision in Citizens United v. FEC, Democrats in Congress have been trying to pass legislation to repeal the First Amendment for business, though not for unions. Having failed on that score, they’re now turning to legal and political threats. Funny how all of this outrage never surfaced when the likes of Peter Lewis of Progressive insurance and George Soros helped to make Democrats financially dominant in 2006 and 2008.
Chairman Max Baucus of the powerful Senate Finance Committee got the threats going last month when he asked Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Douglas Shulman to investigate if certain tax exempt 501(c) groups had violated the law by engaging in too much political campaign activity. Lest there be any confusion about his targets, the Montana Democrat flagged articles focused on GOP-leaning groups, including Americans for Job Security and American Crossroads. (Wall Street Journal: Shutting Up Politics)
Freedom of speech for me but not for thee.
When President Obama complained recently that foreign money was playing too big a role in American politics, he neglected to note his own election largesse was significantly funded by unaccounted for donations with evidence that significant portions were from foreign sources.
Dirty politics for me but not for thee.
When an “end justifies the means” attitude meets political messianism, the only thing that result is hurt and wrong. This is not the path to redemption as marxists seek. The only thing found at the end of this path is more human suffering.
UPDATE: NYTimes and AP say foreign money canard is just that, a canard.
“These ads are not a threat to democracy,” (former national Republican party Chairman Ed) Gillespie said of the chamber’s efforts. “They may be a threat to their power, but their power and democracy are not the same thing, and it’s very revealing that they see it that way.” (AP: Dems: Business group using foreign cash to aid GOP)
- Marxism, Socialism, Communism, and Obama (pajamasmedia.com)
- David Swanson on Front Groups Buying Elections (grantlawrence.blogspot.com)
- Senate Democrats Press I.R.S. to Review Political Spending by Nonprofits (thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com)
- IRS asked to examine big-spending GOP-allied group (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Baucus to IRS: Start probing political groups (hotair.com)
- Factbox: Important past top court free-speech cases (reuters.com)
- Obama attempts to rally Democrats in Philadelphia speech (telegraph.co.uk)
- “A Defense of Free Speech by American and Canadian Muslims” (volokh.com)