Nov 27, 201308:17 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Meet John Doe 2: an assault on political speech
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The notion that the government can tell its citizens whom they may not converse with, what they may or may not say, and how much speech they are allowed (think individual campaign contribution limits) X-number of days before an election is repugnant.
One could say that the only permit WMC, et al., need is the First Amendment; unlike the Solidarity Singers, they are not preventing the other side from being heard.
Why do progressive colluders get a pass?
Wisconsin Reporter’s Watchdog has done excellent reporting and commentary.
“Why should we be surprised conservative-funded groups are funding conservative causes?” the reporter asked. Doesn’t the same thing occur on the left?
The answer, according to Center for Media & Democracy executive director Lisa Graves: Yes, but the left is morally superior in its motives.
“The question of conservative funders versus liberal funders ... is a matter of false equivalency,” Graves responded. “Quite frankly a number of these (corporate donors) like Koch Industries … they’re advancing not just an ideological agenda but an agenda that helps advance the bottom line of their corporate interests. That’s quite a distinct difference from some of the funders in the progressive universe.”
There is the political left’s situational ethics. The current John Doe 2 investigation need not result in indictment, much less conviction, to give the First Amendment a thorough, World Wrestling Federation beat-down.
The witch hunt against conservatives and only conservatives has two goals: 1) to preemptively chill their political speech and 2) to create enough smoke to sow doubt among the voting public.
The investigation is succeeding in those goals precisely because of its secrecy. Against its opaque canvas the most partisan conspiracist is free to spray-paint his most lurid fantasies. The grassy knoll crowd can only envy the possibilities. If anyone knows how to defend oneself against a secret investigation, please call Franz Kafka.
Blaska’s bottom line: Why doesn’t Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen or Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel go after liberal collusion? Don’t tell me our progressive acquaintances aren’t singing out of the same Solidarity hymnal!
The Racine Journal-Times is demanding “no more politically motivated John Doe probes.” Who will join them?
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