Aug 24, 2011

Speech Stifled

In a move reminiscent of paranoid Liberals, Ohio Congressman Steve Chabot,

a Republican, had cell phones and cameras confiscated in order to “prevent an embarrassing Youtube video from making the rounds,” according to Carlos Miller, who runs a blog documenting efforts by the state to stifle the First Amendment rights of photographers.

As much as I loathe to raise my voice in protest along with Soros funded Progressives, in this instance, I have to, although for, perhaps, different reasons.  Any squelching of free speech, and (as in this case) ones ability to record a public meeting with their Representative during a public Town Hall event, is in violation of Constitutional rights.

Police said the cameras were taken “to protect the constituents.” A local television station, however, was allowed to videotape the meeting and the brazen move by Chabot and the cops.

Protect the constituents? Would someone in law enforcement please enlighten me as to how having possession of a camera (or any recording device for that matter) would endanger one's personal safety? This is an absolute absurdity and I cannot even fathom how the police could make such a statement with a straight face.

For this act alone, regardless of his stance on certain issues, Rep. Steve Chabot should be thrown out of office.  We need to let the ruling elite know that regardless of Party affiliation, no one is above the Constitution and anyone who attempts to hinder it will be shown the door to the unemployment line.

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