Saturday, September 12, 2009

Civil Liberties for Only Some in the Era of Hope and Change

An abortion opponent is brutally murdered, the offices of a group helping to organize the "tea parties" receives a bomb threat, Republican voters are threatened by members of a hate group during a presidential election, opponents to socialized medicine are assaulted at town hall meetings, pro-military demonstrators and troops returning home from Iraq are assaulted by "peace protesters."

So what is the reaction by the mainstream media, by the civil rights enforcers and "civil liberties" groups?

It ranges from muted to absolute silence!

Oh sure, there are the obligatory mentions by the wire services - a small paragraph not very prominent. Or the piece contains some language that minimizes the outrage. However, there is nothing like the reportage when a abortion doctor is murdered or an antiwar protester is jailed or the vandals who disrupt Republican conventions or stage protests outside military installations are jailed for their crimes.

However, when a 63-year-old disabled man was gunned down - because of his opposition to abortion - as he held up a sign protesting abortion near a high school in Owosso, Mich.,the murder was not condemned by the Obama administration, which issued, with great fanfare, pronouncements condemning the shooting death of an abortionist last May.

After the murder of the abortionist, the U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office launched a federal investigation into federal crimes in connection with the murder and called a meeting of the National Task Force on Violence Against Reproductive Health Care Providers.

According to a statment in Pro-Life News, Joesph Scheidler, national director of the Pro-Life Action League, Chicago, said people in his organization have been threatened before. Yet, the Justice Department never launched an investigation into violence against them.

Similarly, when members of the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense were accused of intimidating voters outside a polling place by brandishing weapons and uttering racial slurs calling white people "crackers" some reporters in Philadelphia tried to minimize what was occurring.

Indeed, even after obtaining a judgment against all three defendants the Obama Justice Department dropped the case against two of them for specious reasons. The only reason an inquiry is being conducted now is that for months some congressional representatives have been pushing the matter with the Justice Department. Of course, it was only Republican congressman. Democratic congressman did not want to get involved.

The famed soi-disant defenders of our civil liberties: the ACLU, National Lawyers Guild and other similar groups still have not commented on the mysterious dropping of the voter intimidation case.

The hypocrisy of the left is blatant.

Liberals - in the media, in government and elsewhere - are not concerned when Republicans are denied their voting rights.

Liberals - in the media, in government and elsewhere - are not interested in protecting the free speech of pro-life demonstrators.

Liberals - in the media, in government and elsewhere are not going to protect the Constitutional rights, the civil liberties, the human rights of people with whom they hate, oppose, or disagree.

Remember this the next time you read or hear stories by the Associated Press/MSNBC/CNN/NYTimes?Washington Post/CBS/ABC/Reuters or when you read or hear statments by the American Civil Liberties Union, National Lawyers Guild, Planned Parenthood, Democratic National Committee or other leftwing groups bemoaning some violation of rights - real or contrived.

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