Saturday, May 30, 2009

So much for freedom of speech about the stimulus bill

Mark Tapscott of the Washington Examiner has noticed a curious official blog post, written by a lackey to President Obama, that starkly conveys a frightening message for those who wish to communicate an opinion about any provision of the stimulus bill, or the implementation of that same legislation, to the administration:

Another update from Norm Eisen, special counsel to the president for ethics and government reform, in the spirit of transparency as always: (All emphases mine)

Eisen, after this shameless crowing about "transparency", then has the cojones to inform us a couple of paragraphs into his missive that

"Following OMB’s review, the Administration has decided to make a number of changes to the rules that we think make them even tougher on special interests and more focused on merits-based decision making.

First, we will expand the restriction on oral communications to cover all persons, not just federally registered lobbyists. For the first time, we will reach contacts not only by registered lobbyists but also by unregistered ones, as well as anyone else exerting influence on the process. We concluded this was necessary under the unique circumstances of the stimulus program."

If we understand Eisen's proclamation correctly, the Messiah is now pronouncing that no one, whether a lobbyist or not, may now bother him with any problems they may have with his administration's handling of the stimulus bill, or express their dismay at any unfair treatment citizens are receiving because of said handling, such as what's currently happening to the secured creditors of the car companies, who are being completely hosed in favor of the UAW, despite written contracts that supposedly protect their monetary interests.

So much for "transparency", so much for the First Amendment, and so much for the right of citizens to seek redress from their government, the lack of which prompted the Declaration of Independence, if we're not mistaken.

This seems to be yet another step in the Messiah's ongoing centralization and concentration of power, along his ongoing attempts to stifle legitimate criticism of his unilateral imposition of unfair terms on private businesses. As Scott Jordan (an online friend of ours) reminds us, this sort of official censorship has happened before, and was put into place by persons with a similar mindset to Obama's:

"'The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition of socialism.'- K. Marx"

How long until the Messiah's people decide to impose similar draconian conditions on every aspect of life in America?

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