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C4Lers Ejected From Georgia Health Care Town Hall For Mentioning Constitution

August 11, 2009 Leave a comment

The two paragraphs below are copied from akrowne and his blog on the Campaign For Liberty website that was made the “Member Blog Spotlight” today. These are the closing paragraphs of the piece, you can read the entire thing by clicking here.

The session was in its final few minutes when the “big confrontation” happened.  While the “critics” had been booing, cheering, and heckling Johnson and others from the floor the whole time (and the whole audience was certainly guilty of applausing and cheering out of turn), it was not until C4Ler Sean Mangieri bellowed out “where in the Constitution does it authorize you to do this?” that some sort of invisible line was crossed.  Johnson began responding, fumbling a bogus justification that the “general welfare clause” gives the government authority to do anything, but apparently the order had been given.  The police came over and tapped me on the shoulder, apparently thinking it was me who had made the remark; to which I said “I didn’t say anything.”  Various people in the audience pointed to Sean, who was sitting next to me, and he was “tapped out” by the police.  However, they returned anyway and told me I had to go as well and this was my “last chance”.  When I protested again that I didn’t say anything, the reply was “it doesn’t matter, they want you out.

Two other people we know were thrown out in this sweep as well, one of whom had just been “warned” not to shout any more comments, but was ejected without having said anything additional.

Altogether, I am very disappointed with what passes for “debate” in this country on pressing issues of national concern and relevance to our basic freedoms.  It is obvious from this interaction that Johnson, like so many others in Congress, has made up his mind and is acting as part of the party machinery.  It seems he expected only to get a “rubber stamp” from “friendlies” in the audience, and inasmuch as that did not happen, police were brought in to intimidate and eject.   His comments about not being able to debate the final bill, and not being restricted by the Constitution, really do tell all.

Audio recording of the event below:

The bullshit continues in the so-called “Land of the Free”. For a country whose government was calling on the Iranian government to “listen to protesters” and “allow free speech” just a couple of months ago, we sure don’t like to follow that advice ourselves. Hopefully the people of this district in Georgia see to it that Mr. Johnson here is voted out of office during the elections. After all, someone who doesn’t know and understand the Constitution, can’t faithfully execute their duty and follow the oath that is taken.

D.C. SWAT to YAL: “You don’t have free speech.”

August 2, 2009 Leave a comment

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That’s pretty ridiculous, although not at all uncommon here in the “land of the free”. Our government, or some members of it to be fair, are more concerned with calling on foreign governments to make sure their citizens can protest and riot/break stuff freely, than they are with making sure American’s can protest peacefully. The full text of the 1st Amendment, the first of the Bill of Rights is as follows:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

In this case you have people exercising their right to free speech AND to peaceably assemble, being told that they cannot do so without a permit. The Constitution makes no mention of needing a permit to exercise these rights. When you need a permit to do something you supposedly have a right to, it means it’s no longer a right. It’s a privilege only if you have the proper paper work.