A chill wind is blowing in this nation. A message is being sent through the White House and its allies in talk radio and Clear Channel and Cooperstown. If you oppose this administration, there can and will be ramifications.
Every day, the air waves are filled with warnings, veiled and unveiled threats, spewed invective and hatred directed at any voice of dissent. And the public, like so many relatives and friends that I saw this weekend, sit in mute opposition and fear. – Tim Robbins, 4/15/03
This laughable righteous indignation missive from a Hollywood actor to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. over nine years ago was meant to imply the Bush Administration was somehow stifling free speech and the free press, and outlawing political dissent in a fascist manner. I just don’t seem to recall anyone in the MSM being hauled out of bed in the middle of the night by deputies and taken in for interrogation. Nor did I see such an action against Hollywood and other movie directors, writers, and producers being pulled from their Beverly Hills mansions in that manner for their eight years of trashing then sitting President George Bush and endangering our troops in harms way.
The guy that made this stupid film may not be some bigwig Hollywood icon, but since when does Hollywood decide the 1% of their industry deserves free expression rights be protected, and not the other 99%? But you see, Robbins and all the rest who were bitching and moaning during the previous administration were basically pissed their complaints were not having an impact on the administration … or the American people. However, no voices were silenced. From Cindy Sheehan to Robbins to the news media, political cartoonists, and the entertainment industry everybody had their boisterous clamoring against the White House, and even our brave military fighting two wars, heard.
Tim’s, Hollywood’s, and the media’s bloviating of free speech appears to be so silent today in the wake of this outrage that even the crickets have a gag-order.
This photo, and its story of the violation of our First Amendment in deference to the demands of foreign law, should be widely seen until everyone understands the depth and importance of what has happened.
Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit has gathered some interesting views on this midnight house call…
WHY BARACK OBAMA SHOULD RESIGN. Just for the record, this is what it looked like for a man who made a film that made the Obama Administration uncomfortable…
Here’s the key bit: “Just after midnight Saturday morning, authorities descended on the Cerritos home of the man believed to be the filmmaker behind the anti-Muslim movie that has sparked protests and rioting in the Muslim world.”
When taking office, the President does not swear to create jobs. He does not swear to “grow the economy.” He does not swear to institute “fairness.” The only oath the President takes is this one:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
By sending — literally — brownshirted enforcers to engage in — literally — a midnight knock at the door of a man for the non-crime of embarrassing the President of the United States and his administration, President Obama violated that oath. You can try to pretty this up (It’s just about possible probation violations! Sure.), or make excuses or draw distinctions, but that’s what’s happened. It is a betrayal of his duties as President, and a disgrace.
He won’t resign, of course. First, the President has the appreciation of free speech that one would expect from a Chicago Machine politician, which is to say, none. Second, he’s not getting any pressure. Indeed, the very press that went crazy over Ari Fleischer’s misrepresented remarks seems far less interested in the actions of an administration that I repeat, literally sent brown-shirted enforcers to launch a midnight knock on a filmmaker’s door.
But Obama’s behavior — and that of his enablers in the press — has laid down a marker for those who are paying attention. By these actions he is, I repeat, unfit to hold office. I hope and expect that the voters will agree in November.
Read the whole column…
As I have been saying, the video is a distration from the real reason all this death and destruction has blown-up on the other side of the world. The real reason is Obama’s and the State Department’s failed foreign policy, and their weakening of our nation’s stance on the world stage.
By the way, here is a small list of very telling examples of our media’s double standard in the insulting of a religion for art’s sake. You will find it interesting given today’s situation.
It is all about the visual and subliminal impression being telegraphed in the above photo. If the authorities and the feds did not want to portray this in the perceived negative manner it is being taken, AND were honestly serious about ‘protecting’ this man, they would not have permitted reporters to be there and especially not allowed photos be taken. But the media is using this photo to give the impression this guy is to be shamed and blamed for what is happening. They have chosen a side … Daily Mail: “The man who set the Middle East ablaze hides his face in shame….”
So, my question stands. “Where is Hollywood, and the media, in this obvious government bullying of a citizen exercising his Constitutional First Amendment rights?” Hell, we are NOT allowed to treat terror suspects this way…
“WAR.” – Andrew Breitbart