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  •  The first great test of the First Amendment (4+ / 0-)
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    deben, gogol, Simplify, Neon Vincent

    right to petition the government for redress of grievances

    arose over the issue of slavery in the District of Columbia. Abolitionists in the 1830s sought to end slavery in the nation’s capital for symbolic and practical reasons: Congress, as lawmaker for the District, could abolish slavery without trampling on states’ rights.  Abolitionists organized a massive petitioning campaign that flooded Congress with letters and special appeals. Besieged by paper, the House of Representatives adopted a "gag rule" that summarily tabled all such petitions without debate or acknowledgment. Former President John Quincy Adams articulated the outrage of the Northern antislavery position by decrying that only "the most abject despotism" could "deprive the citizen of the right to supplicate for a boon, or pray for mercy."

    http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/...

    The gag rule wasn't lifted until 1844; let's hope "Yo, Adrian" Smith's gag rule has a shorter run.  I'm sure John Quincy Adams would be proud of you, Lisa.  As we are.

    •  Denying equal access (3+ / 0-)
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      gogol, NebraskaLefty, trivium

      to a taxpayer paid-for website falls somewhere, in my mind, in the area of violation of the Equal Protections clause of the 14th Amendment.  It also reminds me of the criminal intent in a DOS (Denial of Service) attack.

      It should be a crime.  Maybe a lawyer could suggest how to prosecute it.

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