Posted: 21 Nov 2008 11:30 AM CST
Hot Air has provided a video of Eric Holder, who is said to be Barack Obama's Attorney General (AG) pick, from 1999 speaking about "reasonable restrictions, reasonable regulations in how people interact on the Internet".
Video URL here and video shown below.
His comments from 1999 were in reference to the Columbine shooters, but his intent is clear when he states, Via NewsBusters:
The court has really struck down every government effort to try to regulate it. We tried with regard to pornography. It is gonna be a difficult thing, but it seems to me that if we can come up with reasonable restrictions, reasonable regulations in how people interact on the Internet, that is something that the Supreme Court and the courts ought to favorably look at. - May 28, 1999 NPR Morning Edition
Morrissey, from Hot Air, reasonably points to the First Amendment:
Let us be very clear here folks. There is a lot wrong with some of the free speech I see on a daily basis, but the basic fact is, it IS free speech and it is up to people to decide whether certain speech should be ignored or listened to, it is not up to the government to decide what can and cannot be said, in fact, as Morrissey points out, it is in the First Amendment that government cannot abridge "the freedom of speech, or of the press".
That is as clear as it gets and it is not something that Obama, nor Holder as AG has the right to change, nor attempt to change in any way, shape or form.
NewsBusters, linked above, makes this point:
As tragic as Columbine was, Holder's reaction to stifle free speech on the internet is nonetheless disturbing. Combine his zeal for what he may consider "reasonable regulations" along with his advocacy for a federal hate crime law(H/T to National Review), and internet users may find themselves in a world of legal woe after the Obama administration takes over in January.
Once the government starts telling us what we can or cannot write or say, we have lost our Free Speech.
Listen to the video again if you have any doubts about what Holder's comment states outright.
Posted: 20 Nov 2008 06:37 PM CST
Cross-posted by Maggie at Maggie's Notebook
Justice Clarence Thomas has placed a discussion of Barack Obama's citizenship on the December 5th docket for conference, meaning a discussion of the merit of this particular case.
A commenter at America's Right, who has been the leading source of excellent information on the various lawsuits, is requesting that we write directly to the Supreme Court:
The Honorable Associate JusticeOne commenter said he/she was sending a copy of his letter to each of the nine Justices. Good idea!
Here are some details just in from WorldNetDaily
The Supreme Court's website listed the date for the case brought by Leo C. Donofrio against Nina Wells, the Secretary of State in New Jersey, over not only Obama's name on the 2008 election ballot but those of two others, Sen. John McCain and Roger Calero.Jeff Schreiber at America's Right has followed this case closely. His post today reports:
As for New Jersey firebrand and attorney Leo Donofrio, his application for an emergency stay was denied by Justice Souter, Donofrio was able to refile and resubmit it to the Justice of his choosing, and properly did so. Today, the docket for his action shows that after being put before Justice Clarence Thomas, the application will be discussed by the Court in a December 5, 2008 conference.Please visit America's Right and WorldNetDaily for more.
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