Democrats vs. Free Speech

June 15, 2014

Terry Eastlake, Executive Editor of the Weekly Standard, has written an important article revealing nefarious liberal schemes to undercut U.S. Supreme Court decisions relating to elections and our fundamental First Amendment freedom of speech rights.

The article, Democrats vs. Free Speech is a must read for conservative Americans desiring insight into the seemingly endless machinations of the left.

As an example of such suppression tactics, this CNS news report provides the background to the manipulative efforts of John McCain and his then Democrat senate ally Russ Feingold (WI) in their attempt to overturn First Amendment protections and empower incumbent politicians with the clout to prohibit public criticism —- virtually an incumbent protection racket. This specific case involved their attempt to silence Wisconsin Right to Life.

In 2008 the U.S. Supreme Court soundly rejected the assault on free speech imposed by the deceptively named “Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002” —- widely known as the McCain-Feingold Act.

In November 2010, Wisconsin voters rose up and ejected Feingold in favor of conservative Ron Johnson. Arizona voters were not as successful in their senate race. The alarmed McCain, unpopular with Constitution-based voters, dumped over $30 million into his effort against conservative former U.S. Rep. JD Hayworth. McCain has since been censured by state and county GOP officers and both he and his underling Jeff Flake have staggering low poll numbers —- the worst in the nation.


1st Amendment victory in AZ ‘Bus Shelter Ads’ case

May 9, 2014

Freedom loving Arizonans can celebrate Thursday’s Free Speech victory in the state Court of Appeals. The decision allows firearms expert and author Alan Korwin to post bus signs for his gun training business —- TrainMeAz —- without censorship from local government bureaucrats. 

After Korwin signed a contract with CBS Outdoors to place advertisements on 50 city-owned bus shelters, the City of Phoenix objected, informing Korwin the posters which read “Guns Save Lives,” didn’t comply with a requirement that bus shelter advertising only be used for speech that “proposes a commercial transaction.” However, city officials were unable to provide Korwin with any standards that explained what type of messages would meet that vague requirement. Ultimately, the city allowed reworded ads stating, “Guns Stop Crime.”

The Court’s opinion can be read here.

Background on this important case, all of the legal documents and the timeline can be seen here on the Goldwater Institute’s website. Attorneys from the Goldwater Institute, Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation represented Korwin.

Seeing Red AZ previously covered this issue December 3, 2013.


GOP elites backdoor amnesty, left uses intimidation

April 11, 2014

ACLU employs strong-arm tactics, bullying, deluge of subpoenas, in attempt to silence AZ conservatives

Far leftist New York Sen. Chuck Schumer —- the fellow amnesty gangster of John McCain and his deferential underling Jeff Flake —- was quoted this week saying that he thinks Congress still has a chance to pass “immigration reform” before the end of 2014. “Most Republicans, they’re in the vote-no, pray-yes caucus, they want it to pass as long as they don’t have to vote for it. I still think we have a chance to pass it this year.”

These words send a strong signal that conservatives must remain vigilant of our own Arizona Four. Polling shows that 83% of Americans are disgusted with Congress. This arrogant back-of-the-hand is among the reasons. It’s time we face the harsh reality that what we are being told at district meetings and town halls is quite different from what they are actually hoping for, and likely will vote to pass —- after Election Day. When constituent hoodwinking is on the horizon, Schumer’s words hold relevance.

Look at the facts:  The Texas Tribune reports that onetime Republican National Committee chair and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is colluding with Democrats on what is now cunningly called “Immigration Reform.”  We know it by its more honest moniker “Amnesty.”

Jeb Bush tells us that illegals invading the United States come out of an “act of love.” His bizarre remarks are contained in this Washington Post article.

Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, reveals the  lengths to which pro-amnesty groups such as the deep-pocketed ACLU will go in order to silence conservative voices. He describes intimidation techniques in Arizona related to SB1070: “Vast arrays of individuals and organizations have been subpoenaed by the ACLU. Ordered to produce “all communications” related to immigration and other hot-button topics such as voter IDs for a nine-year period are more than 20 current and former members of the Arizona state Legislature, public-interest groups such as the Center for Immigration Studies, NumbersUSA and the American Legislative Exchange Council, nine police associations, including the Arizona Fraternal Order of Police and the Arizona Highway Patrol Association, political groups such as the Arizona state Republican Party, the Arizona African-American Republican Club, the Arizona Republican Assembly.”

Fitton also describes the efforts to end a racially biased ethnic-studies program in the Tucson Unified School District. In 2011, Tom Horne, our Arizona Attorney General, was then Superintendent of Public Instruction. Horne appropriately found the Raza (Race) Studies Program to be in violation of statutes prohibiting the promotion of ethnic resentment. In public comments during the case, a former member of the Arizona Board of Regents noted that the Race Studies textbooks were “classical showpieces of Marxist-oriented indoctrination. They are about political oppression, incessant deprecation of anything not Chicano — including the U.S. Constitution, capitalism, and anything European.” Students were taught that “they are oppressed” and “principally not American.” Horne was successful in removing the racist, anti-American program that called for the American Southwest to be reclaimed by Mexico.

Fitton discloses retaliation and harassment were the actual motive for the massive deluge of ACLU subpoenas. Simply holding views different from the leftist ACLU and its clients placed targets on the backs of Americans and their First Amendment and privacy rights.

We recently posted “Reading between the amnesty lines,” which bares the Congressional double-talk on amnesty. 


SCOTUS scores win for political free speech

April 3, 2014

Herman Cain correctly predicated a “left-wing hissy fit.” McCain doesn’t disappoint

In a major victory for the First Amendment, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a federal law limiting how much money a citizen may contribute to political campaigns during an election cycle. The limitation was initially imposed in 1971 and reworked several times before it was overhauled by the McCain/Feingold Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002.    

Yes.  That McCain.

The Court’s five-to-four decision in McCutcheon v. FEC (read here) removes the 1971 limit on political speech.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, “There is no right more basic in our democracy than the right to participate in electing our political leaders. Money in politics may at times seem repugnant to some, but so too does much of what the First Amendment protects. If the First Amendment protects flag burning, funeral protests, and Nazi parades —- despite the profound offense such spectacles cause —- it surely protects political campaign speech despite popular opposition.”

“This is especially true for elections,” he wrote. The Supreme Court in 1971 held that “the First Amendment has its fullest and most urgent application precisely to the conduct of campaigns for political office.”

Predictably, Democrat Nancy Pelosi whined, “I’m concerned about what it means for our democracy. Our founders, they sacrificed their lives, their liberty, their sacred honor for a democracy: a government of the many, not a government of the money. It’s totally ridiculous. But that is the path that this court is on.”

Once again, Pelosi is wrong.  Campaign finance laws have been an incumbent protection racket. Their survival is threatened when newcomers have the ability to become more viable candidates. Pelosi joins the other leftists who are throwing tantrums over this

And while Republicans overwhelmingly applauded the victory for free speech, it was no surprise that John McCain came out against the decision. McCain, who co-sponsored the campaign finance law that restricted corporate donations to campaigns —- largely struck down by the Citizens United ruling —- released this written statement in which he emulated his Democrat cohorts:

“I was disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision today. While I have advocated for increasing the aggregate limits on individual contributions to candidates and party committees, I am concerned that today’s ruling may represent the latest step in an effort by a majority of the court to dismantle entirely the longstanding structure of campaign finance law erected to limit the undue influence of special interests on American politics. I predict that as a result of recent court decisions, there will be scandals involving corrupt public officials and unlimited, anonymous campaign contributions that will force the system to be reformed once again.”

There’s no way to improve on this comment on Best of Cain:

“Look on the bright side, Democrats. When you lose in November, you’ll have a brand new, ready-made, excuse. It’s not your disastrous, unpopular, policies and your atrocious President that are causing your failure.  It’s evil Republican money.  It won’t be true, but you can put it on a t-shirt and sell it to the sheep. It’ll be a new way to raise all that money you despise!”

Bingo!


Crazed porn prof attacks teen pro-life activist

March 22, 2014

University of California at Santa Barbara Associate Professor Mireille Miller-Young, is facing criminal charges after a videotaped confrontation with a teenage pro-life demonstrator in which she snatched an anti-abortion sign, harassed and tussled with the 16-year-old girl. 

Miller-Young, whose faculty web page says she specializes in black cultural studies, pornography and sex work, claims she was “traumatized by the graphic imagery.”

Thrin Short, her older sister Joan, 21, and other young pro-life supporters are members of the Christian pro-life group Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust. They were holding signs and demonstrating in a free speech zone on the campus earlier this month when Miller-Young went berserk.

The professor was charged with one misdemeanor count each of theft, battery and vandalism in the March 4 incident, Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley announced Friday. Read the police report courtesy of the Santa Barbara Independent newspaper.

This video of the assault and theft was made by the young victim.

The newspaper also has the full report, including a comment from the wordsmith lawyer representing Miller-Young, who called the pro-life supporters, “anti-choice.”


SB 1062 Discrimination? The left has a way with words

February 25, 2014

These past few days we in Arizona have been hearing a lot about discriminationfrom a single perspective. Just as SB 1070 spitefully transmogrified into the “show me your papers” lawSB 1062 is now gaining traction among liberals as the “OK-to-discriminate” bill. The fact that neither designation is factual means little to those spewing the falsehoods.

The issue to ponder as this bill has taken on a life of its own — fed by a frenzied media and fervent homosexual rights proponents — is who is actually oppressed? There is no question religion in under attack in America.

It’s important to understand that SB 1062 simply strengthens protections in Arizona law to defend against religious discrimination toward people of faith. Our country was founded upon the First Amendment and our right to freely exercise our religious beliefs. 

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. — The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

The Free Exercise clause prohibits the government from interfering with a person’s practice of their religion. The significance of the Free Exercise of Religion Clause is its affirmation of the value of religion in American culture.

Organized pressure is mounting against the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which is now on Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk. Clamoring demonstrators, armed with signs and loud voices, have parked themselves at the state capitol, playing for the willing media, while conservative supporters of the bill are at work.

Absurdities rule the day. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake have, of course, weighed in, imploring a veto. Bowing to pressure, state legislators who voted for the bill are peeling away and opportunistic gubernatorial candidates are preening to the cameras. Threats of relocating the 2015 Super Bowl are stirred into the bawdy brew by a previously unheard of Democrat governor from Delaware. The Drudge Report headlines with a photo of Arizona Gov. Brewer topping SHOWDOWN IN AZ.

Read The Christian Post’s in-depth analysis of the issue. Then sit back and wait for Brewer’s veto pen to scratch across SB 1062 — exactly  as she’s been advised to do by her left-leaning McAdvisors. 


Gov’t monitors: Obama control in newsrooms

February 20, 2014

White House exerts control and intimidation 

From the “No Obama Overreach Is Too Much Department” comes this news regarding the federal government’s crushing boot on the neck of the First Amendment and the free press.

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) is reporting that the Obama administration is looking to send the FCC into newsrooms to  investigate how the media chooses stories.

The Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs (CINs) initiative was proposed last spring. The FCC said it wanted information from television and radio broadcasters “to ascertain the process by which stories are selected, station priorities — for content production quality, and populations served —  perceived station bias, perceived percent of news dedicated to each of the eight CINs of ‘critical information’ necessitating coverage and perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.Read the CIN study here.

Equally disturbing are the in-depth interview questions (beginning on page 25) stratified by employment level, with questions such as What is the news philosophy of the station? Who else in your market provides news? Who are your main competitors? How much news does your station air every day?

At the top of page 37, the city of Tucson is misspelled as TUSCSON, adding to the anxiety level brought on by this alarming report.

There are legitimate reasons for concern that the government will exert influence over what stations cover, since the FCC authorizes  their licenses. The agency is now poised to expand its regulatory powers to include newspapers, over which it has no authority.

This blatant attempt at media control comes on the heels of Reporters Without Borders ranking the United States 46th in its World Press Freedom Index.

ACLJ’s Matthew Clark cogently sums up the unconscionable assault on our free society with these words: “Imagine a government monitor telling Fox News it needed to cover stories in the same way as MSNBC or Al Jazeera.  Imagine an Obama Administration official walking in to the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal and telling it that the American public would be better served if it is stopped reporting on the IRS scandal or maybe that reporting on ObamaCare “glitches” is driving down enrollment.”

Obama’s approval rating is in the low 40’s. Think about it.


God triumphs in Gilbert & Update

February 10, 2014

Given the fact that prayer has fallen out of favor in GOP Legislative District 28, this recent East Valley Tribune column — “21st century war on God loses battle in Gilbert — by Linda Turley-Hansen holds particular relevance.

Anita Christy of the first-rate Gilbert Watch, attended the Gilbert Public School Governing Board meeting and superbly describes the outcome of the debate regarding the exclusion of an opening prayer at the board meetings, as well as its controversial replacement by the politically correct “moment of silence.”

But Gilbert citizens frustrated with the lack of an invocation asking blessings on the public meetings have prevailed. The board has finally returned the prayer.

God bless them — and their tenacity.

Update-tag

God is on a roll!

We are happy to announce that prayer has also returned to Republican Legislative District 28. 

District Chairman Scott O’Connor, allowed the meeting to begin with an invocation Tuesday evening, February 11, 2014. This memory refresher from December 2013 provides the background


Obama propaganda machine finally rejected by MSM

December 13, 2013

The recent Seeing Red AZ post titled Obama’s state-run media rivals Pravda, covered the fact that thirty-eight of the nation’s largest news organizations joined together in lodging a complaint against the White House for instituting restrictive new limitations on photojournalists covering the president. Access to important executive branch functions was completely shut off, enabling the White House to release its own ‘official’ video and photos — and consequently, control the dissemination of news. This Nov. 21, 2013  letter signed by all major media outlets protested the newly instituted muzzling of the press. It was hand-delivered to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

Realizing their own credibility is in shambles, the Obama apologists in the press corps have finally had their fill. USA Today has announced* it will no longer accept the carefully controlled White House photo handouts. Now even the New York Times calls these “visual press releases.” Could this new-found ire at being shut out signal an end to the obedient adulation the sycophantic liberal national media has lavished on Barack Obama? With his polling numbers in the toilet, are they abandoning him in favor of their newest love?

Watch as Carney blames everyone, including the Internet, for the administration’s own policies. The press will have none of it and erupts in protest:

Be sure to watch PJ Media’sTrifecta with startling examples of the photo comparisons.

There may yet be hope.

*H/T Poynter.


AZ “Guns Save Lives” censorship case heard today

December 3, 2013

This morning, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at 9:30 a.m., the Arizona Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear the case Korwin v. Cotton — a three-year legal battle more often referred to as the ‘Bus Shelter Ads case.’ The First Amendment free speech aspect of this legal matter has brought together two usually divergent groups, the Goldwater Institute and the ACLU/AZ, which filed an Amicus Curiae brief.

Alan Korwin is a widely read author and recognized expert on America’s gun laws. Debbie Cotton is the director of the Phoenix Public Transit Department who claimed the ads didn’t promote a commercial transaction as required by city policy

This decision could have wide-ranging implications for free speech in Arizona, as well as whether advertisers should be limited in what issues they are able to address on city property.

In this FOX 10 News report Korwin explains how his bus bench signs that read “Guns Save Lives,” advertising his company’s website TrainMeAz.com were taken down at 50 Valley sites by the City of Phoenix. Ultimately, the city allowed altered ads stating “Guns Stop Crime.”

Background on this important case, all of the legal documents and the timeline can be seen here on the Goldwater Institute’s website.

The Appellate Court’s Case Information is available here.


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