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Costello: D’s seek to muzzle speech

In his column in the Lewiston Tribune Saturday, conservative Michael Costello writes:

In the latter years of the George W. Bush administration, the Democratic Party argued that "dissent is the highest form of patriotism." They argued this even as they did all they could to undermine our military during the Iraq War. Today, Democrats make quite a different argument. They claim that dissent is criminal, at least when the dissenters are climate change skeptics.

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution reads: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Congress shall make no law! But Congress has tried to make laws abridging freedom of speech. The most famous of these efforts was struck down by a bare majority of the Supreme Court in the Citizens United decision. Hillary Clinton has promised that, if elected president, she would only nominate Supreme Court justices who promised to overturn that ruling. That's significant, not just because it's an assault on the Constitution, but because the Citizens United case arose from abridged criticism of Clinton.

To her, suppression of free speech is personal. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.