Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Assassinate Citizens, but Do Not Censor Foreigners

Jay just can't resist a lecture -
Breaking news during tonight's edition of Piers Morgan Tonight: On the heels of Morgan's fiery interview with Alex Jones, the man who started the petition to deport the CNN host, the White House addressed the petition.

The official White House statement, via spokesman Jay Carney:

The White House responds to all petitions that cross the threshold and we will respond to this one. In the meantime, it is worth remembering that the freedom of expression is a bedrock principle in our democracy."

The petition to deport Morgan has gained more than 100,000 signatures, well over the 25,000 required to warrant an official White House response.
Talk about completely missing the point. For starters, we are not and never have been a democracy. We are a Constitutional Republic. As such, we are a nation that is predicated upon upholding the law, chiefly the Constitution. Advocating the circumvention of the highest law in the land is on it's face, treason. (If you defy the very document that creates the entity you belong to, how can it be anything but treason?)

This document has a specific process in place to amend it, if, deemed necessary by the people. In fact, it has been amended multiple times successfully. (It is a separate argument whether this is a good thing.) This is the only legal way to achieve what is contrary to what is enumerated within the Constitution. This does not preclude the possibility that the government does hold the opinion that it has unlimited power, indeed one needs to only consider the tax/non-tax that is Obamacare, rather that these undertaken actions are illegal.

Further, a foreign agent (Piers is a British citizen) to espouse open treason on our own airwaves while simultaneously ignoring the legally prescribed redress of this situation is especially egregious.

The bittersweet irony here is that the Obama administration is simultaneously asserting freedom for proclaimed foreign subversives of our law while claiming the right to assassinate you without trial.

Update: It would appear that the Supreme Court (Kleindienst v. Mandel (1972))agrees with the deportation angle -
“Your opinion is protected, your presence in the U.S. is not. See Kleindienst v. Mandel (1972),” Taranto replied to Morgan.

Taranto linked to transcripts from a 1972 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the U.S. Attorney General’s refusal to allow a foreign journalist into the United States did not violate the First Amendment. The case resulted from Nixon administration attorney general Richard Kleindienst’s refusal to grant a temporary nonimmigrant visa to Marxist Belgian journalist Ernest Mandel.
This is absolute common sense. If you are here as a guest in our country, you are not guaranteed to your opinion AND residency here. As any poor guest can attest, while it may be polite to permit (Note the proper use of the term) an individual to run their mouth, you may be asked to leave.

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