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Obama trying to shut down helath care debate

Thursday, August 6, 2009

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/

The Obama Administration is urging citizens to report back to an official White House email address when they see something "fishy" about the health care debate. Or in other words, if I am a Democrat who supports Obama's quest to have the government take over health care in this country, if I read criticism of Obamacare on a blog such as this blog, I am being urged to report it to the White House. I wonder if I have been reported yet. This is a total outrage.
Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn is taking issue with a Tuesday posting on the official White House blog in which the Obama administration asks supporters to report back when they receive “an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy” to an official e-mail address: flag@whitehouse.gov.

“I am not aware of any precedent for a president asking American citizens to report their fellow citizens to the White House for pure political speech that is deemed ‘fishy’ or otherwise inimical to the White House’s political interests,” Cornyn writes today in a harshly worded letter to President Barack Obama in which he asks the president to immediately halt the effort.
Thank you Senator Cornyn for making an issue of this. It reminds me of the sort of thing that goes on in totalitarian states where one group of citizens working for the government reports on the activities of others.

Such a program would have a chilling effect on free speech in this country. Our First Amendment rights are among the most cherished rights that we enjoy as Americans, and now Obama and company are carrying out an assault on those rights.

I knew that we would be in big trouble when Obama was elected, but even I didn't think that it would be this bad this fast.

Hopefully, Obama will be forced to stop this outrage now that it is getting attention in the media. After all, he still is a politician and politicians can be made to bend to the public will. Therefore I urge all fair minded Americans to write or call the White House to express their outrage at this blatant attempt to intimidate fair debate on the health care issue. And while we are at it, perhaps we should let Senator Cornyn know how much we appreciate what he is doing to try to defend the First Amendment.

You know, now that I think about it, I think that Senator Cornyn and Senator DeMint from South Carolina would make a great GOP ticket in 2012.

Edit - This story is getting even better. Here is another good article about this whole thing.

Cornyn accuses White House of compiling enemies list.
Texas Sen. John Cornyn, accusing the White House of compiling an "enemies list," has asked President Barack Obama to stop an effort to collect "fishy" information Americans see about a health care overhaul.

Cornyn, who leads the Republicans' Senate campaign effort, said Wednesday in a letter to Obama that he's concerned that citizen engagement on the issue could be "chilled." He also expressed alarm that the White House could end up collecting electronic information on its critics.
Senator Cornyn is rapidly becoming on of my political heroes along with Sarah Palin and Jim DeMint.
posted by John, 5:05 AM

2 Comments:

See, I view this type of stuff as an advertising possibility. Look at it this way, the biggest business in town in the government. They are who we should really be advertising for. Just work on finding the government keywords and things they will have people read over in the offices. Instant hits for sure.

On a non-comedic note, I do find this to be ridiculous. What is really crazy though is the fact that administrations have seemed to learn that they can quiet the opposition by just not talking about them or making fun of them. Obama did it with legalizing marijuana, the tea parties, this health care "reform", and free market economists.
I just posted about this on my blog and I have to say I'm wondering if I'll get reported, too. You know, it's a sad day in America when one has to worry about exercising a Constitutional right for fear of the government. Very sad, indeed.

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