Recently, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked for her opinion on the raging controversy over the decision to approve the building of a mosque just mere blocks from the devastation of the 9/11 attacks at Ground Zero. Pelosi responded: “In America you have the right to build a mosque anywhere you want, or to protest it, or to be investigated by the Federal government for protesting it."
Excuse me? Since when does the government have the right to investigate law-abiding citizens peacefully protesting? The 1st Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the right to assembly, i.e. the right to protest. Pelosi's words signal a dangerous attempt to stifle free speech and intimidate those who dare exercise their rights, but sadly, this is par for the course for the modern Democratic Party, which has now filed complaints to open a series of investigations into Americans for Prosperity, a non-profit conservative organization that advocates for low taxes and less spending. The group had the audacity to run radio and TV ads criticizing Democratic candidates around the country and tying them to Obama's policies in Washington, so now they are being targeted and scrutinized at a level unseen by most similar advocacy groups, including liberal groups like MoveOn.org and Moving America Forward, which are lavishly funded by billionaries like George Soros and contain a shadowy network of donors and related affiliate groups.
I recall Hillary Clinton in 2003 shouting, "I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you're not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration.
Where is Hillary's outrage now? Apparently, dissent is only patriotic and in-vogue when Republicans are in charge. The hypocrisy and arrogance of Democrats who cried foul and claimed that dissent was discouraged under the Bush administration but are now ready to unleash threats and government investigation onto their critics is stunning.
Thankfully, the backlash is coming this November and no matter how prepared Democrats are, they won't know what hit them.by Brandon Kenig
Forum and Social Media Director