The Obama administration’s attack on the First Amendment took a predictable turn recently when White House Press Secretary Jay Carney reiterated the administration’s use of national security concerns in justifying White House investigations of journalists.
In attempting to justify the Justice Department’s seizing of reporters’ phone records and emails, Carney said, “The president believes it’s important that we find the proper balance between the need—absolute need to protect our secrets and to prevent leaks that can jeopardize the lives of Americans and can jeopardize our national security interests on the one hand and the need for—to defend the First Amendment and protect the ability of reporters to pursue investigative journalism,”
The original attack on theFirst Amendment, with the Sedition Acts way back in 1798, made it illegal for persons to criticize the administration and/or government, even if the criticism was true. The acts were passed by the Federalist Congress in the mistaken impression that they were combating anarchy – a threat to national security.
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Those of you who have had the pleasure of going through basic training in the military can probably remember, as I do, the comic relief invariably provided by ‘our other left’ while learning how to drill.
Inevitably one or two members of a company will forget that you step out on your left foot and will be out of step while a drill instructor is running alongside yelling ‘NO, your other left idiot, your other left’, or something to that effect.
Some people just seem to be born with two left feet.
We are having a similar problem in South Carolina with local and state government. We seem to be suffering from two left wings.
A bill to end government monopolies in the solid waste disposal market is successfully being held up in the S.C. Senate. This is much to the joy of mainstream media it seems, if today’s article in The State newspaper camouflaged as an investigation of lobbying, is any indication.
In that solid bastion of conservatism called Horry County, taxes will be going up 3.5 mils or more, at least for residents in the unincorporated areas of the county, so city level fire services can be provided to rural areas of the county.
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