Free Speech under Attack

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The headlines read that the US Chamber of Commerce is suspected of using foreign funds to support Republican candidates. Now that is a real eye catching headline isn’t it? But it isn’t true. Oh, it’s true that Democrats, and even the president, are using this theory to undermine the GOP efforts out on the campaign trail.

From the Democratic stump, this is now fact. Never mind that there is no proof. Never mind that they have no evidence to support this accusation. They don’t need proof. They just need to create a scandal against the GOP. They need to divert the attention of the American people away from the economy and the dismal record of this Congress and this administration. They once again fall back to insinuation to instill doubt in the minds of the voters.

Life line for Democrat campaigns?

As a marketing strategy for the Democratic campaigns, this may be seen as a lifeline but this ploy might have some unintended consequences. The Democrats are counting on the press and the American people to not ask questions. Questions like…Where’s the proof?

One Democratic group has gone so far as to ask for not only an investigation but also for criminal charges to be pressed against the US Chamber of Commerce. Excuse Me? There is no proof that any of this is valid.They have no evidence for any of the assertions that they are making.

David Axelrod
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Guilty until proven innocent

David Axelrod, who is a spokesman for this administration stated on the Sunday talk show last week that it isn’t up to the Democrats to provide proof that foreign money is being used but that it is up to the US Chamber of Commerce to show that is isn’t.

When did this happen?

They are assumed guilty until they can prove their innocence and why didn’t the American people get that memo? Isn't it innocent until proven guilty? Or is this another part of the change we've heard about.

He is clearly - out and out accusing the US Chamber of Commerce of using foreign funds to steal American democracy and influence the election. These are some heavy charges.

And for what? What does it gain the Democrats to use this type of mudslinging?

Well for one thing, they hope to get people talking about the possibility of election improprieties. You see, people all over the country right now, are talking about the economy, which is something that the Democrats cannot neither defend or promote. So the benefit to the Democrats is immediately apparent.

But .......

What they are really trying to do is force the US Chamber of Commerce to supply them with a list of donors.

Here is where it all gets complicated.

Let's try and sort through this.

The Supreme Court, in January 2010, handed down a ruling that now allows corporations to donate to individual candidates, citing that not allowing them to donate limits their ability to exercise their free speech. President Obama, in his State of the Union speech, criticized the court for this decision stating that this would lead to foreign interests influencing the campaigns. The court, of course, denies this. It is in the rules governing PAC money and how these organizations are set up that determines whether or not their donor lists have to be made public. So we have the set up; this is the first piece of the puzzle.

Next, we look at how businesses in America view this administration. Due to the increased business taxes, a myriad of anti-business regulation and such overwhelming support for the unions, most businesses feel that this administration is anti-business and more socially minded. The whole business takeover of GM only strengthens that premise. The climate then becomes ripe for the corporate world to spend their election donations on candidates who espouse a better business atmosphere. So here then is our second piece of the puzzle.


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You may ask why it is necessary for corporations to want to stay anonymous. Well here is one example. Target is a large corporate chain store. They donated to a campaign of a candidate who promises to work toward a friendlier business environment and to veto anti-business legislation. This is their right.

So far so good.

Well, this candidate also supports family values and is against gay marriage in his state. Now, even though Target has not made any comment on the gay marriage issue, the gay community has instituted a major boycott against the Target chain for being anti-gay marriage, claiming that by supporting this business friendly candidate, they are supporting the anti-gay movement. The gay demonstrators demand that Target also give a larger donation or at least an equal amount of contributions to the opposing candidate before they drop their protests.

This wasn’t just a small protest, this was a nationwide campaign against a major corporation all because they donated to a candidate that the gay community didn’t like. So the point is made, that the profit margin of a corporate giant can be endangered by a group of protesters is not lost on other businesses.

So, clearly some anonymity is called for. Now the third piece of this puzzle shows us that the left wants to know who the donors are. They want to know which corporations are supporting their opponents in order to apply enough pressure to then influence these corporations, their choices and their financial support.

The last piece of this troubling puzzle is the fact that in the 2008 election, far too many questions remain unanswered about the funding of Obama’s campaign. As you may or may not know, $200 is the total amount that an individual may donate and stay anonymous. Well, in the last few months of the campaign, the under $200 contributions made on credit cards, to the Obama campaign soared.

Remember, the Obama campaign states that they returned hundreds of thousand of dollars of foreign campaign contributions. When asked to provide the details of these pre-paid credit card transactions, the Obama campaign refused and then stated that they did not have a record of them leading many to believe that some of these undetected donations may have come from foreign or questionable sources. A sample donation that they did not return was found from a donor named “Doodad”, occupation “DFGFDG”, employer “FDGFDGF, who donated $10,780.00.

The questions have since been dropped and the whole issue seemed to vanish.

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The hypocrisy here has not gone unnoticed. In the past months, we have seen some of the sleaziest of games being played against the American people. Considering how health care got passed, the overt favoritism of this admin for the labor unions, the special back room deals made for all of the special interests, this administration has a lot of nerve criticizing anyone for their special interest politics.

When this president warns us that he will craft a special bill that will be a “forceful response’ to the Supreme Court decision; it sounds like a threat. All Americans should voice their concern when the president of the United States threatens the Supreme Court, especially when the court is protecting one of our most vital rights guaranteed by our Bill of Rights. Stating it better than I, the Supreme Court says, “Governments are often hostile to speech, but under our law and our tradition it seems stranger than fiction for our Government to make this political speech a crime.”

So what does our puzzle tell us? It tells us that this maneuvering by the left is an attack on Free Speech, not just of individuals, but of corporations to join together to inform others about issues and candidates. The days and weeks leading up to an election are crucial. Elections are where we decide who gets to represent us, the people. The freedom to share information and speak freely about the candidates and issues are vital to this process and far too important for us to neglect or ignore. We cannot let the voices of anyone be drowned out by bullies, no matter which party they belong to.

Warning from the Baltimore Sun regarding the following mudslinging ad –

‘And this administration, with this attitude toward unsubstantiated charges and standards of proof, wants to control the press and determine whether a news organization should or should not be considered legitimate.’

Comments 58 comments

Lady Guinevere profile image

Lady Guinevere 6 years ago from West Virginia

It trickles down to even these hubs. People are gonna have enough and there will be another revolution. Great Hub.


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Apostle Jack 6 years ago from Atlanta Ga

Neither party is righteous in the sight of God,who is not a part of politics or those that plant seeds without His blessings.


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FitnezzJim 6 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

When it plays out in the press, the accused does not get a chance to face his accuser, as we'd expect in a court of law.

Consider a tactic where a false accusation or false conspiracy theory was nothing more than an excuse to put more hand-picked investigators and lawyers onto the taxpayer dole, so they can go investigate their accusation.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

Lady Guinevere, thank you for being my first comment this evening. There is a good chance you are correct. Hopefully, this one will be more of a movement type of revolution and not so bloody as our last one. But a strong and healthy dose of principles is blowing this way.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

So true Apostle Jack. But while we are living in this great land, we owe to Him and to ourselves to live accordingly.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

FitnezzJim, exactly! Or as in this case, simply to create a reason to divert attention. Didn't they say something about creating chaos and then use it for their advantage? Something like that anyway. It is a tactic - pure and simple. The Democrats cannot run on policy this election so when all else fails.....LIE about your opponant. It worked for them before.


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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

This is just another dirty trick in their play book. It might be back firing. But to the liberals it doesn't matter, they think they are justified in any lie they tell.

Keep on hubbing!


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TeaPartyCrasher 6 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

You know, there's a simple way to deal with this.

Have elections be publically funded.

Check out my hub "A Third Way", "Who's Pouring That Tea", among others of mine might be enlightening to you. . .


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garynew 6 years ago from Dallas, TX and Sampran, Thailand

Great analysis. And I'm happy to see that TPC has migrated over to you and left me alone (for now).


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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

I really believe the pendulam is beginning to swing back to the right. It usually takes some dramatic events to open the eyes of folks, to snap them back into reality. The reality is, that people are not buying into the media as they once did...their billfolds being effected is a major call to make the "real" changes in Washington, and that is why we have the Tea Party movement...THIS is truly a great opinion piece by you Joni, and needs to be heard.


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Lady Guinevere 6 years ago from West Virginia

Those who don't believe that religion is politics needs their eyes opened a whole lot wider then they are right now. Religion has become as political correct as the other shenanigans as those losted in the article. Peaople are getting wise to the hypocrisies and the swaying of people for money. It'a all about Money now. What happened to the real bartering and tranferring of actual goods? We need to get that back. People need to care more for other people not money which is only printed with ink and paper--which is using up our resources as well.


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TeaPartyCrasher 6 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

Merrit:

Or enough people being able to spend money to convince people, look through a few of my hubs and you'll see what I mean.

Or just listen to folks who aren't corporate mouthpieces. . .

Lady:

A lot of folks, especially the religious, need to remember Christ's quote about serving two masters, see my hub 'Social Service, Social Justice'.


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LRCBlogger 6 years ago

Joni, respectfully, you have your facts wrong. Regarding The January supreme court decision, you said "The Supreme Court, in January 2010, handed down a ruling that now allows corporations to donate to individual candidates"

Corporations could already donate to individual candidates. What the supreme court decision did was allow Corporations to run and fund political ads. So now corporations can use shareholders money to fund attack ads against candidates that they do not like.

The Chamber has poured tens of millions of dollars into such attack ads. The supreme court decision essentially says that corporations have the same rights as citzens. The next step is to change the constitution from "we the people" to "we the corporations"


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

eovery, sort of looks that way. But the way I see it, you can't trust someone who lies to you..... no matter who they are. If they lie...they can't be trusted! Thanks for your comment - always great to see you.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

TPC - If that is what Congress really wanted, they would have made it so. They had the votes to get anything they wanted passed in both houses. The Dems don't want reform, they just want to say they do. They want the GOP list made public but want to keep theirs secret.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

garynew, We'll see how long that lasts...lol. Thanks for stopping by and for the compliment.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

Why thank you, CMerritt. I sure appreciate your kind remarks. And I agree with you. Perhaps people are swinging more to conservative values than the GOP but in the end, I guess that means votes for the GOP.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

Lady Guinevere, You are so right. It is the religion of money. I forget now who said it but one of the Founders said something about who the government will only be held in check until they realize they can take the people's money. And boy haven't we seen that is true. Thanks again Lady for stopping by.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

LRCBlogger, thanks for your comments. I wasn't trying to mislead anyone by glossing over the the details of the Supreme Court decision. I just wanted to note that it happened and to reference the presidents reaction to it by claiming that foreign money could now be used to fund campaigns.

You can make the claim that the unions have done the same thing for the other side too. Any limit on free speech needs to be carefully scrutinized. The corporations pay enough in taxes and should be able to have a voice just like everyone else. As I stated before, if Congress wanted campaign reform, they would have acted on it.


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Lady Guinevere 6 years ago from West Virginia

TeaPartyCrasher. I do know about all that. I mean really people--those who are sick and others have answers what or why charge them if they can benefit from it. Case in point: I have Rosacea, and I have written some hubs about that, I go to do a search on it and find a site that is suppsed be able to tell you a natural way to help it........well all it was was an advertisement for a gook that tells you how to do it. I don't want to BUY a book! You can tell us how to get rid of it aturally in a couple of paragprahs. If they truly wanted to help others who have such conditions, then give it FREE. See this has put MONEY over the person--our neighbor--Love Our Neighbor--barter something, but money is worthless and so has people become that now too.

Insurance of any kind are scams to get people's money and they put fear into those who don't want to play that game. It's all just getting so rediculous.

Sorry off my soapbox for now.


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LRCBlogger 6 years ago

Joni, thanks for your response. I don't think congress wants campaign finance reform but I can tell you who does....the American people.

Until we remove the conflict of money in politics, we're always going to fight back and forth over republican vs democrat when the real issue is that neither party is loyal to the actual people, they are loyal to the groups that fund their campaigns.

In my home state of CT, we have passed the most comprehensive finance reform laws out there. The affect has been that many more candidates can run for office as they no longer need to raise absorbent amounts of money to do so, we have a balanced budget passed with bipartisan support, and their has been numerous peices of legislation that have passed since our finance reform laws took place that have been heavily praised by the people of CT.


exjwlaurie 6 years ago

Good job Joni!

I think you make good sense! I think the farther the government moves us away from the ideals that this Country was founded upon--the more lost we have become!

Thanks for shedding light on this, for those of us who don't follow the politics of our times as closely as perhaps we should!

Well done!


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

Lady Guinevere, welcome back. So true....It is all about the almighty dollar anymore. Where would this country be if the Pioneers had such an attitude?


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

LRCBlogger, yes, the American people want real campaign reform but as long as that reform hurts the pocketbook of incumbents, Congress isn't likely to make the needed changes. Thanks for stopping back.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

Thank you so much, exjwlaurie. I sure appreciate the compliment and the comments. I agree with you that this Country needs to return to the principles upon which we were founded. We seem to have lost our way being guided by career politicians to say one thing and do another.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Joni,

I thank God for America. It's still the best around, but boy! What a mess it's becoming.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

Lord knows! George Soros funneled at least $70K to Obama on the "legal side" and that does not count what his various organizations and other members of his family donated. How dare Obama so much as open his mouth about campaign funding...Soros owns his ass and the stable he keeps it in! Axlerod must be a prize-winning dimwit to believe that the public thinks anyone can disprove a negative...it's like asking a guy if he still beats his wife? Duh! What a sad day in America it has become when just "winning" becomes the justification for any actions that support the process. It speaks poorly of us as a society and as human beings. Whatever happened to doing what is right? My instincts tell me that this liberal bunch of socialists populating our government in Washington is headed for a big fall mainly because their highly appreciative sense of self-intellect overshadows their ability to realize that the American public is not near as stupid as they might think and continue to think. Never in the history of this country has a group of elected officials deserved more to be absolutely run out of town! Thanks for a good write Joni...that got me steamed! WB


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

Lifegate, yes, it is a mess and it is high time we clean it up. Let's start in Washington on Nov 2nd. Thanks for your comments.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

Hello Wayne, It's about time somebody besides me got steamed. Sorry it was you today, but actions like this need to get a lot of people steamed. This kind of stuff is way out of line and totally designed to turn the attention off the dismal record of the Democrats.

I sure appreciate you stopping by and adding such great comments. Didn't mean to spoil you mood but maybe we can all be in a better mood after Nov 2. Here's hoping anyway.


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Hi Joni. I heard Axelrods statement and sure enough Libs ate it up as gospel with out proof as they are apt to do. And as usual a well written well articulated hub. Nice job again Joni !


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TeaPartyCrasher 6 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

Wayne:

Or is that the corps know how easily folks can be led to support a corporate state?

I think a lot of you need to look at the hubs of folks like LRCBlogger and Steve8Miller to see what's behind the folks you're following. . .


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

Thank you Tony. It just amazes me that the left can take something so wrong and turn it around to suit them and call it good. I sure appreciate the comments.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

TPC ~ It isn't just corporations, what about the unions. They are using people's dues, you know the money they pay in each month & the money that guarantees their pension, then turn around and want a concessions because their pension fund is threatened. You can't have it both ways.

Corporations fund quite a few things, some good and some bad but to deny them free speech is the issue here. Please stay on topic. And stop advertising other people's hubs. If those hubs have something worthwhile to say, people would already be reading them and they don't need you pushing their point of view.


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TeaPartyCrasher 6 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

Joni:

I see this as a way for the public to know who or what Corps are funding.

Of course, to the corps, that's a threat to their growing power.

And people are reading LRC and Steve8's hubs. They're the folks who haven't swallowed the corporate line!


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

This administration actually thinks business is evil and any means is justified to defeat it.


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rachellrobinson 6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Joni very informative hub. I have heard of some of the things that are going on, in fact my Mom and I went to Target last weekend after hearing about the protest so that we could show Target that we support them, at least here in Southwest Missouri they didn't appear to be hurting from these silly protests. What gets me is the WSJ and New York Times both looked into the Chamber of Commerace deal and found it to be untrue, yet people still believe it. Crazy times we are living in.


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OpinionDuck 6 years ago

I really don't know what to say but I did spend time reading both the hub and the comments.

I think that there is a dead tree trunk under the three branches.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

dahoglund, I'd bet that most businesses would agree with you there. This country runs on business and his policies are killing job creation. Thank you so much for stopping by and adding your comments.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

rachellrobinson, good for you. It would be horrible if Target changed any of their practices because of those stupid protests. As for believing the lies of the left? Most people don't read the newspaper anymore, they get their news from soundbites. It's a shame that people don't question with boldness. Thank you for stopping and commenting.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

OpinionDuck ~ Thanks for reading and for the comment.

For not having anything to say...you sure said a lot. I wholeheartedly agree. Got a match? Hopefully, November will light a fire.


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OpinionDuck 6 years ago

Joni

If every voter lit one match there would be an "enLIGHTening" election

~:}


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Jimmy Fuentes 6 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga

Can I go to sleep and wake up and have it be November 3 already? You know, the same way we tell our kids "if you go to bed now, when you get up, Christmas will be here".

Dear God, let the madness stop ! Great Hub


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

OpinionDuck, and what a 'signal' light that will be.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

Jimmy Fuentes, I sure understand that kind of wish....

These campaigns drag on far too long in my opinion. Thank you for reading and for adding your comments.


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Robertbloggert 6 years ago from Oklahoma

Joni with all respect I don't understand how anyone could be against this. You seem to act as if this is a bad idea, when in truth how could you think it fair for any corporation to support any candidate? Ever think about the fact that every single person who works for any particular corporation does have the right just as us to donate to whom they will? So by letting them also donate as a corporation is an added advantage that say you or I don't have. And would as well lend to said company/Industry be favored by the supported candidate. It's clear you understand this thus your comment about Democrats and Union support. So any rule or law that stops letting any industry or corporation from having any stronger influence in either party would be the greatest solution for us the people.

I also have to comment on this statement you made, "Stating it better than I, the Supreme Court says," well obviously with you being a conservative as well as a christian (I noted from your profile). If you think we need to listen to anything the Supreme court say's makes me really question any understanding of politics you might have. The Supreme court say's a fetus is not a life, they also say kids can't pray in school and they soon will say it's normal to be gay. And by these very actions they have already broken from the Constitution. As their interference in this issue as well does these issues when not agreed upon by the Government as a whole are to go to the people and the states to decide.

So IMO we need to get corporations as well as the Supreme court out of our Government period.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

Robert, with all due respect back to you…….did you read the entire hub? This hub was not written to give my ok to the Supreme Court decision. This hub was written about our president and his cronies who are spreading lies about the US Chamber of Commerce. It is about their attempt to subvert the right of Free Speech, not to mention the right of innocent until proven guilty.

What the Supreme Court stated was that a corporation, as an entity, should not be denied the right to sponsors ads for candidates. They always had the right to contribute to campaigns. Despite what my feelings are on the matter, don’t you think it odd that only the liberals are upset by the Supreme Court ruling? Doesn’t it make you want to ask why or why not? I don’t pretend to understand all of the backroom dealings that go on in a campaign, but somehow, this ruling has leveled the playing field between the liberals and conservatives. The reason it is mentioned in this article is because the president was so adamantly against it and even lied about it in his State of the Union Speech.

The point of the hub was the attack on free speech. None of your comments dealt with that. And just because I quoted the Supreme Court regarding Free Speech does not mean that I agree with them on every ruling that they have handed down.

Freedom of Speech is eroding away in front of us. By us not standing up every time it is threatened, we are letting it erode. Juan Williams is fired from NPR because he stated an opinion, on a different network, which happened to be different than that of the management of NPR. So you tell me, is his Freedom of Speech threatened? He doesn’t have the right to express his opinion when asked for it?

We have TV anchors whose jobs are threatened because they dare to ask unpopular questions. We have ordinary citizens investigated because they asked a question. We have a president who wants to shut down a whole network because they allow people to voice their opposition to some of his policies. We have an administration that doesn’t care for free exchange of ideas on the internet and now wants to control the information on the internet. You better believe Free Speech is threatened.

I don’t like the president threatening the Supreme Court. I don’t like the president threatening a network, TV anchors or ordinary citizens. It’s petty, irresponsible and a gross exaggeration of his actual authority.


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Robertbloggert 6 years ago from Oklahoma

"I don’t like the president threatening the Supreme Court. I don’t like the president threatening a network, TV anchors or ordinary citizens. It’s petty, irresponsible and a gross exaggeration of his actual authority".

But the real truth is at the end of this statement you made. He doesn't have the authority to do anything about it. But the beginning of this statement shows the other real truth. You believe in freedom of speech unless it's coming from someone you don't like, saying something you don't like! I mean doesn't he have the right to say what he thinks?

So the only difference between you and Obama is he says what he feels and the whole world hears, you put what you feel here in this hub.

And I did read the hub, but just because you or the supreme court term it as a free speech issue doesn't mean I can't see it as it really is. And that is about corporations or foriegn interest buying seats in our Government not to mention that the ads often show half truths to even full out lies. And are made to sway the unimformed one way or the other.

I for one am sick of the lies and games on both sides as well as from outside interest groups. I for once would like the truth and am sick of all of them using the freedom of speech defense for anything but the truth. There are laws against slander and defamation of character and honestly some networks, TV anchors and citizens cross those lines and they should be held accountable.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

Robert, as I mentioned before in previous comments, I am all for campaign finance reform. I am also sick of the lies and half truths. I just think it wrong to isolate one entity and deny them rights when other avenues for abuse in the system are still wide open. When a foreigner with lots of money can spend a million here and a million there and can legally manipulate things his way, we all have a problem.

But as I stated above, this hub was not just about the Supreme Court issue. That was mentioned only in the context of what Obama and his associates said afterward. I may not like what the president said but I am not trying to take his right to say it away but even as president, he may not lie about policies just to get his point across. Remember, you can't trust a liar.

If you want to argue the Supreme Court issue, go find someone else willing to do so. The people we have elected to defend and uphold the Constitution have walked all over it and I don't like it no matter which side of the aisle they sit on.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

Who can we trust in the media anymore? I'm not sure I even trust Fox anymore. everything is so alanted, exagerated, and hidden until the truth is almost like a vapor !Free speech? Do we still have that?


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

bayoulady, I wonder sometimes too when hearing the news. Free Speech is worth protecting. When powerful people try to quiet the voices of opposition, it is time to stand up.


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jtcarr1164 6 years ago from Tueplo, Mississippi

Great Hub Joni. AxelPROD's comments just go to show the lefts disregard for the principles, the Constitution and all things American. The Lamestream media does nothing to correct these issues. They praise these people and try to rewrite the history to suit their agenda. Who knows? In fifty years The COC may have the same horrible connotations that McCarthyism has had the last fifty years.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

jtcarr, I so agree with you. When my son was little, while playing Monopoly, he would try and change the rules of the game to give himself the advantage and to help ensure his victory. This is what Axelrod's and the left's attempts appear to me as. Changing the rules to suit themselves and to ensure they get what they want. Well, like any good mother, I didn't allow my son to get away with it and we, the people, should not let this admin get away with it.

Thank you for stopping by and adding your comments.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Oh wow so true, You know free speech is alive and well as long as what you say is politically correct and will make others "Feel Good" It's rare that free speech includes the truth. So I guess were really free to lie, speak with forked tongue. Great Topic and Well Done!

Love and Peace :)


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

Apparently you are correct that lies and innuendo are protected but honest sentiments and opposing speeches which don't fit the present agenda aren't. Thanks for the kudos and the comments Katie.


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World-Traveler 6 years ago from USA

I do understand completely why free speech is constantly under attack. If those who speak out against free speech had no free speech they would have no voice to espouse their utterances.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

Welcome World-Traveler, Thanks for stopping by and for your comments. I agree. Trying to curtail anyone's free speech is surely a slippery slope.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

This is a great Hub. I agree with you all the way. I enjoyed reading this today. I'm late but I'm here. :D


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Joni Douglas 5 years ago Author

Thanks James. Your remarks mean a lot to me. As for being late? I am a few weeks late on my reading too. I appreciate the comments.

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