Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Art of Infraction

By Les Dowrey
“Pick a card, any card.” A phrase no magician should leave home without.  Think of the wonder and amazement you had the first time you saw an illusionist.  How did they do that?  Was it truly magic?  However, the older you get, the more you realize that all that glitters is not gold, and the less magical those tricks suddenly become.  After all, it was just a trick, just a sleight-of-hand movement.  The magician used to be the master of the art of distraction, but unfortunately that is no longer the case. 
The new magicians work on Capitol Hill and they are better than ever.  Take for example the recent tragic shooting in Tucson.  After a flurry of speculation on what exactly “civility” means, the national conversation has turned towards gun control.  As Tom Coburn and Chuck Schumer argue over how to find common ground on keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, there is a much more sinister plot underway.  The gun control debate is just the distraction.  While the NRA, Tea Party patriots, and conservatives are up in arms over the erosion of their second amendment right, the Democrats along with their RINO cohorts are conjuring up legislation to destroy the first amendment.
Representative Robert Brady, a Democrat from Pennsylvania is already drafting legislation that he says would outlaw not only language that would be perceived as threatening to a member of Congress, but also any symbols that could be interpreted that way.  Think of what that means?  For years, Big Brother has been trying to pass hate speech law after hate speech law, and with the tragic shooting in Tucson the government just might have the ammunition they need to get a bill through the House and Senate. 
If you think that the Republicans having control of the House will prevent this from passing, then I urge you to take a look at how quickly they have retreated on Obamacare.  First they postponed the vote on healthcare for a week after the shooting, as if a vote on healthcare repeal would be too uncivilized, and then when the Republicans finally got around to it they have stopped calling the bill a job-killer.  Now I realize that by the time this is posted the Republicans will be well on their way to passing healthcare repeal in the house, and for that they should be applauded.  However, when it comes to the war on Free Speech, the Republicans lost the minute they capitulated and changed their language. 
Even if this law doesn’t pass, the new magicians in Congress may not even need a new law to limit our free speech.  Just like magicians have mastered the art of distraction, the politicians have mastered the art of infraction, slowly chipping away at our rights without the public even noticing.  Think about how political correctness has already restricted our everyday language.  This new “civil” tone could become just as damaging to our first amendment right.  Yet with a serious threat to the dearest of rights, the only Republican standing their ground is Sarah Palin.  At this time when the threat to free speech is so real, it is in her immortal words I urge you, “Don’t Retreat, Reload.”  And you don’t have to be civil about it either.

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