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  •  yawn (0+ / 0-)

    Have you actually studied how the conservative movement acquired and then used power? And I'm not suggesting we 'sick the state' on them.

    Well-funded, dedicated organizations can do this perfectly well without using Big Brother. If they engage in libel or slander - sue them every time. Organize boycotts of advertisers. Have protests outside of the HOMES of Fox News executives and anchors every day. Have an operative follow Rush Limbaugh every day with a camera in tow ready to post on YouTube whenever he's caught with Oxycotin, a prostitute, or a racist slur.

    This isn't some game where we play by Queensberry rules. How many people are suffering because of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan or because they can't afford health care? How much are we going to risk damaging the environment because we want to 'play fair'?

    Sponge Bob, Mandrake, Cartoons. That's how your hard-core islamahomocommienazis work.

    by Benito on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 03:17:45 PM PDT

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    •  Ummmm (0+ / 0-)

      Not to quibble, but are you saying Republicans acquired power in a manner different than Democrats?  If I recall, the only times they acquired power was by winning elections, kind of like Democrats.  Unless you are implying some hankypanky in the election process that I haven't heard about........

      And, I'm all for protests, demonstrations, picketing, boycotting, etc., but.... if they are funded or organized or supported by groups like ACORN then I think there might be some legal issues there just like there would be if,, for example, AIG funded protests against the public option health insurance proposals.  It would certainly be in their self interest to defeat the public option, but since the taxpayers are so heavily invested in them, in would be terribly inappropriate.

      I bring up ACORN because I think their participation in the Baltimore actions of repossessing and squatting in foreclosed homes was a disgraceful example of taxpayer money being improperly and illegaly spent on issue advocacy.

      And you bring up Queensbury rules.  Are you suggesting that the gloves are off?  Anything to achieve the ends?  Surely you confine the actions of anybody to be within the realm of what is legal.  Or is "playing fair" no longer desired?

      Ostriches have survived for a long time. So can you.

      by Tom 11 on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 04:27:50 PM PDT

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    •  Actually, you are (0+ / 0-)

      Calling to "sic the state" on them, at least. You called for well-funded legal challenges and legal harassment. Tell me how that's possible without turning to the state? Private parties can't sue one another without the state granting a cause of action.

      And I'm not suggesting you "play fair," I'm suggesting you not abandon the First Amendment and seek to make it legally troublesome to dissent from your ideological/political orthodoxy.

      Sean Parnell
      Center for Competitive Politics

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