November 30, 2010 6 Comments
There is no more important expression to protect, than any truth embarrassing to the government.
That is, above all else, the freedom of speech the Founders wanted the First Amendment to preserve.
In fact, its big test, in 1798, was against the Alien and Sedition Acts, that were passed to silence those who would embarrass the US government.
This censorship so outraged the American public that it brought down the Adams administration, and destroyed the Federalist Party, that had dominated American politics up to that very point.
And that should tell you something about the kind of people who are wanting to censor Wikileaks, for the crime of publishing truth that is embarrassing to secretive liars in the US government.
And to those who would claim that Swedish/Australian Wikileaks isn’t protected:
The Founders clearly intended the entire Bill of Rights to restrain the US government in ALL actions, not just on Americans. Just ask Judge Andrew Napolitano.
Wherever the US government goes, the Constitution is there…it’s the sole source of its legitimacy. And the Bill of Rights is part of the Constitution.
Not only do the Obama administration and neocons want to violate the 1st amendment, but they are promoting the tyranny of government secrecy.
If the government keeps an embarrassing secret from its own voters, this changes how they vote. That is the same violation of an election as if there were armed stormtroopers in your polling booth, changing your vote.
What is the excuse these attackers of the Constitution use as their excuse? That people who have lied to and kept secrets from the American voter might be endangered.
It is yet another example of Appeal to Cowardice, their favorite tool today.
These people, who assault the American ideals of truth and justice, who want to engage in the terrorism of a police state against political speech, are the real traitors.