A politically-skewed activist organization has warned law enforcement officials nationwide of the threat posed by the so-called “Patriot movement.” The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)'s Fall, 2009, issue of the “Intelligence Report” expands those designated as extremists, with alarmist language artificially combining a disparate group. The report said, “Militiamen, white supremacists, anti-Semites, nativists, tax protesters and a range of other activists of the radical right are cross-pollinating and may even be coalescing.” On the SPLC website, one report claims, "anti-government rhetoric spills into the Mainstream," listing conservative celebrities like Sean Hannity and Red State's Erick Erickson as purveyors of "white-hot antigovernment rhetoric." Where did SPLC get the data for that assumption? None other than the leftwingers at Media Matters, where bloggers dismiss every major study on media bias and claim the media favors the right.
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Adding another item to a long list of items that defy the U.S. Constitution, Democrats have introduced HR 3602 and a similar bill in the Senate, S.673, to permit newspapers to operate in much the same manner political "educational" groups operate.
by Kay B. Day
Yale is defending a decision to delete cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad from the book scheduled for release Sept. 28, ‘The Cartoons That Shook the World,’ taking the position that publishing the images could incite violence. It’s what’s not being said, however, that is relevant to this story of censorship and global governance so popular with Democrats like former vice president Al Gore and our current Dem-controlled Congress. Yale might have violated a significant UN resolution had the university press included the cartoons.
I believe leftwingers are afraid to be critical of Islam. I tried a small experiment of my own. Recently on his Facebook page, a friend made a joke about seeing Jesus in a piece of toast or something like that—playing on the popular notion that an image of the Christian deity can appear in everything from a grilled cheese sandwich to concrete. And I added a comment along the lines of ‘Are you sure you didn’t see Allah?' No one touched that with a 10-foot pole.
The primary faith targeted for ridicule by leftist comics and sophists is of course Christianity. If you’re a rightwing evangelical, most leftists see you somewhere on the level of a worm. There’s also vitriol directed towards Mormonism and Scientology. And if that fails to please the leftists, they can always bash Israel—that seems to be official US policy these days.
Fact is Yale could be in violation of a UN resolution adopted in March by the Human Rights Council. President Barack Obama sought and won a seat on that council, reversing a policy established by President George W. Bush. Bush refused to be part of the council because of its antipathy towards Israel. The resolution of course violates America's sovereignty.
Most branded media said little about Obama’s decision. We reported it, like so many other stories of significance that are overlooked. Resolution 7/19 effectively places criticism of Islam on a unique pedestal—specifics are undefined but if you defame Islam, you are guilty. The resolution pays lip service to respect for all faiths, but only Islam is mentioned repeatedly. I see the resolution as a direct attack on freedom of speech.
The Tenth Amendment to the US Constitution isn’t a daily news header, but it should be. More than 35 states have passed, or are in the process of passing, a resolution to remind the federal government there is a limit to central government power. That limit was set forth in the 10th amendment, part of the Bill of Rights Patrick Henry and others wanted added to the US Constitution.
In an excellent essay at the Library of Congress, excerpted from the introduction to the book ‘A More Perfect Union,’ Roger A. Bruns wrote, “The anti-Federalists, demanding a more concise, unequivocal Constitution, one that laid out for all to see the right of the people and limitations of the power of government, claimed that the brevity of the document only revealed its inferior nature.” Bruns wrote, “By the fall of 1788 [James] Madison had been convinced that not only was a bill of rights necessary to ensure acceptance of the Constitution but that it would have positive effects.”
Many Americans don’t realize the Bill of Rights came after the main body of the Constitution, a response to concerns about the scope of a government made possible by the Constitution.
It’s hard to believe, but England’s regressive libel laws are impinging on freedom of the press in the US. WikiLeaks, the website hated by politicians of all persuasion, has just taken England’s libel laws to task over convicted felon Tony Rezko’s associations. Apparently media outlets attempting to investigate have been stymied by legal threats. The analysis at WikiLeaks is pretty complicated, but it’s substantial enough to cause concern.
This is a perfect example of the danger of over-globalization, as I call it. I brought this up at The US Report in an article about state sovereignty, mentioning President Barack Obama’s pick of Yale Law School dean Harold Koh for the position of Legal Advisor at the US Department of State. Rick Santorum wrote about Koh for The Philadelphia Inquirer, saying Koh believes the courts have ‘a central role to play in domesticating international law into U.S. law’ and should ‘use their interpretive powers to promote the development of a global legal system.’
Idaho is the latest state to remind the federal government that power is “inherent in the people.” Republican Liberty Caucus chair for Florida Will Pitts informed members late Wednesday Idaho passed the 10th Amendment Resolution Memorial. Pitts said the resolution “will now be forwarded to the US Congress and the President as a notice and demand to cease and desist all unconstitutional activity.”
According to The Tenth Amendment Center, more than 30 states have either passed such a resolution or are in the process of doing so. The movement actually gained momentum during President George W. Bush’s term as conservatives and libertarians grappled with implications of The Patriot Act and other issues.