Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee recently stated that Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh are “abusing” the 1st Amendment. She claims their “brand of conservative speech” is akin to shouting “fire” in a crowed theater. Ms. Jackson-Lee was erroneously referring to the Espionage Act of 1917 and the 1919 Supreme Court case of Schenck v. United States, although I am quite sure that she was unaware of that when she said it. Ms. Jackson-Lee is not the brightest bulb in the fixture. In 2005, while on a tour of Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, the cerebral Ms. Lee asked if the Mars Rover had taken a photograph of the flag planted by Neil Armstrong. That flag, of course, was planted on the Moon, not Mars. At the time Ms. Lee was serving on the House Science Committee and on the Subcommittee that oversees space policy.
But I digress. Schenck was a Socialist who was arrested and convicted of handing out leaflets opposing the military draft during World War I. The issue at hand was whether or not the “interfering with military or naval operations” sections of the Espionage Act of 1917 violated the 1st Amendment. The Supremes upheld Schenck’s conviction and he ultimately served six months in prison for his crime. Writing for the unanimous majority, Justice Oliver Wendall Holmes ruled “…the most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic. […] The question in every case is whether the words used are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils that Congress has a right to prevent..”
The Espionage Act of 1917, the act to which Ms. Jackson-Lee inadvertently referenced, had to do with interference with military operations. Perhaps she should have (inadvertently) referred to a set of amendments to the Espionage Act called the Sedition Act 1918. That act prohibited “disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language” about the flag, the government or the armed forces during wartime. Ah, but alas, that act was repealed in 1920 and everyone convicted under the act was later pardoned or given reduced sentences. Well, Sheila, there’s always hope. You still have net neutrality to look forward to. But that’s another rant for another day.
Progressives are like cockroaches…they conduct their dirty business in the dark and then scurry for cover when a light is shined in their direction. Free speech, or in this case, conservative speech, is that light. Naturally a progressive/Socialist like Ms. Jackson-Lee hates Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity and the hundreds of other conservative talkers out there. But attacking conservative talkers and accusing them of abusing their 1st Amendment rights is like peeing your pants in a dark suit…it might give you nice warm feeling but nobody notices. Short of a declaration of martial law or a coup d’ etat, conservative talk is here to stay.
My advice to Ms. Jackson Lee would be to stay off the air and under the radar. As Mark Twain said, better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated…” – Fourth Amendment –
“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin –
“When terrorists started trying to bring liquid explosives on planes, we went to 3 oz. bottles.
When terrorists started wearing bombs as underwear, we went to full body screening.
What happens when terrorists start using their body cavities? God help us.” – Erick Erickson, Red State –
Janet Napolitano, the Obama administration’s Homeland Security Secretary, has announced that she will soon be taking her show on the road. The TSA will be performing their full body scans and pat downs at a train or bus station near you. That”s right. Law-abiding citizens all over the country will soon be lining up for a dose of radiation and some incidental cupping before boarding the bus to Baltimore or the train to Terre Haute. Just think, your little boy or girl will be helping to combat terrorism by being stripped searched before boarding the bus or train to grandma’s house. Forget about those Islamic terrorists walking across the Mexican border into the United States unchallenged. Forget about suitcase bombs and dirty nukes. The real threat to our national security are the children, the elderly and the infirmed. Get your tickets today! –Lew-
More evidence that Joy Behar is a blithering idiot isn’t actually necessary…but what the hell, it’s fun, so here goes.
Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham appeared on Behar’s show recently to plug his new book “All By My Selves.” Dunham’s main characters include Peanut, Walter, and Achmed, the dead terrorist. The three are pictured on the left as they appear on the cover of the book.
So Dunham is talking about the book and the character of Achmed, the dead terrorist when Behar picks up the book and looks at the jacket and asks, “Which one is Achmed?”
Pop quiz; look at the three pictures on the left and try to identify Achmed, the dead terrorist. Is it; a.) the grumpy looking old guy? b.) the purple dude with the yellow hair? or c.) the skeleton with the beard wearing the turban?
I am sure Ms. Behar was simply illustrating how spiritually enlightened she is by not being able to identify the skeleton in the turban as Achmed, the dead terrorist. Frankly, she simply illustrated that she is a bigger dummy then Peanut, Walter, or Achmed. Perhaps she should apply for a job at the TSA.
Note: If you haven’t seen Jeff Dunham and Achmed, the dead terrorist, check it out.
Do you recall the scene from the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy throws the water on the Wicked Witch and the witch begins to dissolve? Then, realizing that she is dead and her reign of terror is finally over, her army cries out, “Hail to Dorothy, the Wicked Witch is dead!”
That’s what it is like on Capitol Hill. Nancy Pelosi’s reign of terror is over and the House Democrats are free. Unlike the movie, however, it wasn’t water that ended it for this witch…it was tea. And in life she didn’t dissolve…she was mowed down by the grass roots movement she once called “Astro-turf.”
My hope is that the conservative Democrats will find their cojones (Pelosi has them locked away somewhere) and they will help reclaim our country from Obama and the progressives.
Anyway, congratulations and best of luck to the freshman class of the 112th Congress. Legislating isn’t rocket science…just obey the Constitution, listen to the people and stick to your principles. And if you fail to do that, my advice would be watch out for falling houses. –Lew-
In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch, be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Upon winning re-election, Harry Reid proclaimed that the American people want bi-partisanship. It’s funny…when the Republicans take control, Harry Reid and the Democrats always become concerned with the American people and bi-partisanship.
When Nancy Pelosi was parading around Washington carrying a gavel large enough to drive circus tent stakes and crowing about passing a healthcare bill that no one had read, no one understand and that the majority of Americans did not want, bi-partisanship was the farthest thing from their minds. In fact, Democrats ignored calls for bi-partisanship and compromise and shoved the foundation of Obama’s new social welfare state down our throats.
Oh, but the tide has turned and Queen Nancy has had that gavel yanked from her cold, bony fingers and Crypt Keeper Reid’s death grip on the Senate has been significantly diminished. What is a good progressive/socialist democrat to do? Start sniveling about bi-partisanship and pretend that you actually care about those people you called stupid, hee-hawing, hillbilly rednecks just a few months ago.
Oh, I know that the core of that rotten, fetid, cancerous tumor is still throbbing away in Washington in the form of Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Boxer and Frank…but we have cut off it’s blood supply. Soon it will shrivel and die and it’s blackened husk will drop off into the sewer and be flushed back to whence it came. Bi-partisanship? Kiss my Scotch/Irish ass.