I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors," Barack Obama told a crowd in Elko, Nev. "I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face." Actually, Obama supporters are doing a lot more than getting into people's faces. They seem determined to shut people up.Click on the title for the rest of Barone's column.
In summary U.S. News and World Report's Michael Barone gave examples of:
1.Obama supporters jamming a radio talk show telephones in Chicago that had a conservative author on talking about Obama's links to Bill Ayers and threats against the talk show host.
2.Distract Attorneys in Missouri threatening criminal prosecutions against those who made "false" statements about Barak Obama
3. Moves by Nancy Palose and other Democrats in Congress to shut down conservative radio talk shows by enacting the "Fairness Doctrine".
4. Liberals implementing "speech codes" on college campuses and universities.
5. Unions pushing for legislation that will end the secret ballot in workers deciding whether they should be represented by a union.
Now this update from the Weekly Standard blog:
Last week, Michael Barone wrote a column about Obama supporter's various attempts to silence critics titled "The Coming Obama Thugocracy." Sunday's Washington Post carried another example to be added to the list.
Last week a hotel in Prince George's County posted a McCain message on its maquee, reading: "Country first. McCain-Palin." There was an outcry from local citizens who threatened to boycott the hotel unless the owner took the sign down.
That's not particularly noteworthy--direct action and talking with your wallet is how these things are supposed to work. What is exceptional, however, is the language used by some of the people who were upset that the hotel's owner would dare support McCain or double-dare advertise said support. A sample of the hysteria:
"Businesspeople have to be mindful of the sentiments and sensibilities of their market trading area, and Prince George's County is overwhelmingly for Obama," said community activist Arthur Turner of Kettering, who was among those advocating a boycott. "People I have talked to look at the sign as a slap in the face. They feel it was blatant disrespect."
The marquee supporting the GOP ticket in "an area that is strongly African American was like putting a stink bomb in the middle of the living room," said University of Maryland political Professor Ron Walters.
That's right, supporting John McCain is blatantly disrespectful, like a stink bomb in someone's living room. Imagine how unbearable it would be for people to actually criticize a President Obama.
Now there going after "Joe the Plumber" and all he did was ask Barack Obama a question! They and their allies in the press will do anything to destroy those who appose them.