Intimidation

There are several items about the supression of speech and the influence on the vote. It isn’t the sort of Top Down explicit mandate of a proper war but rather more of a gueriila type effort of very many small fronts all pushing in the same direction.

First is Michael Barone on Why does the left want to supress free speech? He lists examples of legislative efforts and court cases.

Mitch McConnel weighs in with a PSA on The Continuing Assault on the First Amendment. It is based on a speech at the American Enterprise Institute. “there’s a well-documented effort by a number of Left-wing groups like Media Matters to harass and intimidate conservatives with the goal of scaring them off the political playing field and off the airwaves.”

The Instapundit weighs in with two more:

“THE REGIME DEFENDS ITS INTERESTS: Revealed: U.S. Justice Department and New Hampshire’s Criminal Investigation of James O’Keefe’s Voter ID Video. Note that the DOJ managed to get O’Keefe out of action for the 2012 election season elsewhere.

And True The Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht was targeted by not only the IRS, but also the FBI, the ATF, and OSHA. (More on that here.) It’s like they don’t want anyone looking into voter fraud. Why might that be?”

What also needs to be noted is the response to these observations. There are very many small dots and each, if isolated from all others, can be minimized and dismissed. The problem is that the dots make a pattern that paints a picture and that picture is becoming ever more clear as time goes by and more and more of the dots are uncovered and exposed in its place in the overall picture.

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