On Sunday, Rep. Robert Brady, D-Pa., announced that he will draft a bill criminalizing the use of language or symbols that could be read as threats to members of Congress. His prime example of such "threats" was an electoral-map graphic that ran on Sarah Palin's "SarahPAC" Web site until it was taken down Saturday.And we thought it was only the CIA that had serious intelligence problems,...
"You can't put bull's-eyes or cross hairs on a United States congressman," Brady fumed, even though that wasn't what Palin did. The graphic put cross hairs over 20 legislative districts McCain had carried where members had voted for Obamacare, urging voters to "take back the 20."
Common sense and First Amendment doctrine says that the Palin graphic isn't anywhere close to violent "incitement." It's one thing for a legislator to complain that "the rhetoric is just ramped up so negatively" (I often feel that way myself) -- but quite another when he threatens to use the force of law to "shut this down."
For his part, Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., called for beefed-up congressional security and special treatment by the Transportation Security Administration at airports (currently available only to top congressional officials, like the speaker). Clyburn complained that "we've had some incidents where TSA authorities think that congresspeople should be treated like everybody else" -- easily the most positive news I've heard about the TSA since its inception. Flexibility is in order here, Clyburn argued, because Congress is "held to a higher standard in so many areas."
Airports are "where we feel the most ill at ease," Clyburn stated, without explaining why congresspeople would feel especially threatened in areas where they're surrounded by security officials already on the lookout for hidden weapons.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Crazy: We Know It When We See It (We See It)
Our Left-wing journalists, and Democrat Congress Critters, will come up with any harmful thing before entertaining the idea we can combat insanity (even theirs, which might be what they're avoiding) through teaching critical thinking in our schools and media: