May 30, 201409:27 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Scott Walker will not deal with the speech nazis
What to make of the seismic Wall Street Journal editorial Wednesday warning (that word is not too strong) Scott Walker not to make a deal with the John Doe II prosecutors?
It looks like a shot across the bow. Clearly, someone is talking to the discredited prosecutors, who have been beat down by three different courts: Circuit Judge Gregory A. Peterson, U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa (Richard Esenberg’s analysis here) and, indirectly, the U.S. Appeals Court for the 7th District. (Wisconsin Right to Life v. Barland.)
The logical speculation, at this point, is that the prosecutors are looking for a way out of the mess they made for themselves. Now facing personal liability, they approached their erstwhile targets. Not being a party to those discussions, Eric O’Keefe of Wisconsin Club for Growth went to his allies at The Wall Street Journal to warn against any concessions.
Scott Walker will not sell out his supporters. He will not undercut his strength — political courage. He will defend the First Amendment against the speech nazis.
Is there a national award for defending our constitutional freedoms? I nominate Eric O’Keefe. At the opposite end of the scale is Tammy Baldwin, one of 41 U.S. senators — all Democrats — who want to geld the First Amendment (Senate Joint Resolution 19.) A truly shameful exercise. HANDS OFF THE BILL OF RIGHTS! James Madison and Thomas Jefferson got it right the first time. Not Tammy Baldwin and Chuck Schumer!
Is this a business issue? You better believe it is. Progressives would take away your business’s ability to speak on the issues and politicians that affect how you make your living — with a generous carve-out for certain corporations — namely, news media outlets that, despite the left’s obsession with “Faux News,” are overwhelmingly liberal.
Add the IRS targeting of conservative organizations, Mayor Soglin’s proposed political litmus test for doing business with the City of Madison, and who do you suppose poses the greatest threat to personal freedom? You got it, the government.
See the Squire debate One Scot Ross on TV 27’s Capitol City Sunday, 9 a.m. on June 1. (Later to be available online.) Also on The MIC 92.1 FM today at 4:20 p.m.
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