Freedom Of Speech

The uprisings in Libya that left US Ambassador Chris Stevens dead are said to have been because of Islamic sensitivities over an Internet video satire of Moohamad produced by an American.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seems to believe that the problem lies in the unalienable right of freedom of speech as recognized by the US constitution. Her remarks eulogizing the slain Ambassador did indeed cast an apologetic tone to the Islamic’s having been offended.

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In the United States, we understand that open dialogue is essential to the freedom and liberty that we all have, and that it facilitates another unalienable right, that is to practice the religion of our choice, or not.

We understand that simply being offended by someone else’s opinion is not a call to illegal behaviour, whether it is manifested by harassment, invasion of privacy, denial of services and access, or bloodshed, violence, and murder.

These are lessons consistent with all the religions I’m aware of, including Christianity, and are usually learned when appropriately taught to juveniles at the fourth grade level.

We also have the right to redress of grievance, and the right to due process. When first the freedom of speech is abridged, and the freedom of press, and after that redress of grievance – the stage automatically is set for civil unrest and social uprisings like what we have seen in Libya.

In many ways, with the 911 terrorists attacks as an excuse, we have seen the advance of police state fascism in our own country. The examples of constitutional rights violations are replete and published in the media almost everyday.

There is no greater threat to our country today than the loss and denial of constitutional liberties. To that end, the terrorists have already been successful.

As president, I will end the tyrannical, unconstitutional tack, taken by so called Homeland Security – without due process against United States citizens.

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IT’S ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION STUPID!

*footnote – The national media almost seems to have missed the fact that just hours after the attack on the American Embassy in Libya, Mustafa Abushagur was elected as Libya’s new Prime Minister. Abushagur had spent several years living here in Huntsville, and teaching electrical engineering at UAH from 1985 – 2002. Perhaps he will take some of the better aspects of American socialization with him to the office of Libyan Prime Minister.

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