After the IRS the American left thinks it can do anything it wants

What is one to make of this?

The chairman of the Federal Election Commission today blasted Democratic colleagues opposed to his effort to protect conservative media after they imposed rules on the publisher of Rep. Paul Ryan’s new book, opening the door to future book regulations — or even a ban.

“By failing to affirm this publisher’s constitutional right, statutory right, to disseminate a political book free from FEC conditions and regulations, we have effectively asserted regulatory jurisdiction over a book publisher,” warned Chairman Lee E. Goodman, one of three Republicans on the six-person FEC.

“That failure reveals a festering legal uncertainty and chill for the free press rights of books and book publishers to publish and disseminate political books free from government regulation,” he added.

The left in the US no longer even pretends.

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32 Responses to After the IRS the American left thinks it can do anything it wants

  1. goatjam

    The left in the US no longer even pretends.

    It won’t be long before the Australian left reach that level of hubris.

  2. ar

    The Left doesn’t think it just does…

  3. wow. Dark days.
    Only a thumping electoral swing will stop this madness.

  4. Alfonso

    Yawn, SCOTUS will fix the aforementioned asap.
    Don’t panic.

  5. C.L.

    After the IRS the American left thinks it can do anything it wants

    I think this is very true.

    Lois Lerner is clearly a liar and a criminal.

  6. Bruce of Newcastle

    No way that will stand. The Supreme Court is very firm on the subject of the first amendment. Even stacked with Dem appointees SCOTUS doesn’t dare resile from the previous approach to freedom of speech.

    That is just the Dems being bastards, forcing it into the court system in the months before the mid terms.

    The big problem though is the left has so colonised the Federal agencies that they no longer fear Republicans. Its not just the IRS. Most certainly the USEPA is gone awol from their mission. DOJ under Holder is appalling. DHS and the FBI have also been persecuting the Tea Party in cahoots with the IRS. FAA may well also be compromised since their decision on banning flights to Israel yesterday is pure Obama flavoured policy and very political.

    Its the Augean stables, only worse. The question is whether the Republicans can clean out if they hold all three levels of government after 2016, or whether the activists are so entrenched that they can’t be removed. A bit like what is happening here to Tony Abbott, only worse. Obama and Reid have also broken the filibuster rule so they can stack all possible judicial positions with their guys before they get turfed out of office. The courts which are already pretty lefty may be an insurmountable barrier to a fully Republican government, no matter what they wish.

    Unfortunately democracy only works when you have a loyal opposition. The Democrats, and the left here, no longer are that. They’ve decided they can win it all.

  7. No way that will stand. The Supreme Court is very firm on the subject of the first amendment. Even stacked with Dem appointees SCOTUS doesn’t dare resile from the previous approach to freedom of speech.

    The constitution is not an absolute defense against laws that contradict it.
    In order to assert constitutional rights you have to fight through a thicket of legal processes in order to have the law overturned, sometimes all the way to the Supreme Court (or in Australia, the High Court).
    If there are enough dodgy laws and regulations, hacking your way out to the top can be hard and time consuming, and not all will succeed or have the resources to try.

  8. struth

    We often comment on how bad the USA is as if we are not as far down the track when I believe we are.

  9. Token

    Have they invoked Benito Conroy’s Red Underpants powers yet?

  10. wreckage

    We’re substantially further down the track, really.

  11. srr

    We notice more attacks on Americans Constitutional Rights, because more American’s are prepared to risk and lose all they have, fighting for them.

    Here we mostly just bitch to our mates that, “we’re getting as bad as America”, as we get on self censoring in public and grovelling to the control freaks when we’re busted being honest.

  12. Infidel Tiger

    America is in free fall.

    No wonder some are looking to Russia as a beacon of hope.

  13. Tel

    We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reality-based_community

    You have to give the luvvies points for paying attention if nothing else.

  14. Tel

    No wonder some are looking to Russia as a beacon of hope.

    The hope is balance of power, and not too many opportunities for one group of people to foist the consequence of their actions onto another group of people. That’s as good as it gets.

  15. JC

    Steve

    Do you really think it’s only the US that is in free fall. How many times do I have to mention this. We had the Liars Party and the scum quite prepared to muzzle their political opponents by finkelsteining them,. We’ve had Clive (Happy) Hamilton writing about suspending democracy and sicking security services onto to climate sceptics. But that bald, nasty cue ball isn’t just earning one salary at a university, he’s also pulling in a salary by sitting on the climate authoritarian board after he was nominated by that disgusting Combet. In other words he was elevated instead of ostracized after writing that appalling stuff. And you think the US is going over the cliff?

  16. JC

    We often comment on how bad the USA is as if we are not as far down the track when I believe we are.

    ‘sactly.

  17. JC

    At the very least I would put a decent amount of money on it that the SCOTUS would throw that restriction out the fucking window. We have no such assurances here.

  18. Only a thumping electoral swing will stop this madness.

    That or something much worse.

    No wonder some are looking to Russia as a beacon of hope.

    I’d almost sooner take my chances with Putin. At least there you know from the start what the score is, and he doesn’t pretend to be nice.

  19. johanna

    Mark Steyn is discovering just how difficult asserting First Amendment rights via the legal process can be. At this rate (it’s been 2 years now, and no progress) he reckons it could take a decade for his case to wend its way through the courts and appeals. And it will cost a fortune.

  20. gnasher

    Every man & his dog blamed Putin before the dust had even settled, this included Bolt, Piers Ackerman,,Tony Abbott, we used to have a thing called innocent until proven guilty…not anymore.
    The west is fkd & that includes Australia, the evidence is there & staring in your face, just look at why do we keep importing the fruit loops from the religion of peace.
    The agenda is right there in front of all all of us,,,but people still deny it.

  21. mareeS

    Left, right. Same same, but different.

    Freefall? I don’t think so, just politics as usual.

  22. Ant

    The Dems don’t have to even have to pretend because the American media don’t care to make a fuss over any scandal as long as they have a leftist radical as president.

    If the Obama administration can tap a hundred phones at the AP and have it disappear from the headlines after a week, they can correctly assume that the Pravda-like lapdogs will roll over every time.

    Imagine that happening under any Republican administration. That’s right, you can’t.

    And the idea that any society should happily accept and rely on their highest court to protect its constitutionally granted free speech rights – its “natural rights” – from politically expedient pressure is very foolish.

  23. as we get on self censoring in public and grovelling to the control freaks when we’re busted being honest.

    Whaddya mean “we”, paleface?

  24. It’s like Israel vs Palestine Hamas. You know they’re your enemy. No need to be nice. No need to fight fair. Certainly no reason to bother trying to reason with them. Call them out for the liars they are. Scorch the earth, then when you’re finished, salt the earth wherever they stood.

  25. cynical1

    I’ve told you that Israel is the canary.

    70 years after WW2, German streets are filled with people chanting “Gas the Jews”.

    Check out the protests across Europe. Terrorist plotting in Norway etc.

    Norway! WTF. I thought US foreign policy was the problem? Or Palestine?

    We face a new enemy called “The moral bankruptcy of Western self loathing”.

    The Marxists said “We will sell the Capitalists the rope we hang them with”.

    The Islamists say “We will finance the Jihad with welfare”.

    How the hell do you expect Multiculti bullshit to work out when you
    import the dregs of the Earth and protect them with PC laws.

    And do the same for homegrown nutcases.

    That’s why the left is out of control.

    Drunk on the power of silencing opponents of Gay marriage, Unions, white Aborigines
    global warming,open borders and so on.

    Well don’t worry.

    Feeding crocodiles just prolongs the agony…

  26. Token

    I’ve told you that Israel is the canary.

    Unlike the Euro-weenies we know the Isrealis know they have to fight to win.

  27. Pickles

    The constitution is not an absolute defense against laws that contradict it.
    In order to assert constitutional rights you have to fight through a thicket of legal processes in order to have the law overturned, sometimes all the way to the Supreme Court (or in Australia, the High Court).
    If there are enough dodgy laws and regulations, hacking your way out to the top can be hard and time consuming, and not all will succeed or have the resources to try.

    Spot on Pundit. You don’t have to be lining up at the HCA with a constitutional question either. Just try to force a local council to act according to law, or worse still, try to force a council to enforce their own shitty regs. Their attitude is “if you don’t like it, see you in QCAT” or VCAT or some other CAT.

    They know well that the citizen has to use her own funds for litigation, whereas “they” use funds provided by the ratepayer or the taxpayer.

  28. Louis Hissink

    JC,

    Democracy is simply dictatorship of the majority – don’t confuse it with freedom. It’s incompatible with private property rights – after all a majority vote might cause you to lose all your property – it’s democratic after all – rule of the majority, or expressed a little more PEE CEE incorrectly, the dictatorship of the proletariat.

    Hamilton, and his fellow travellers, propose to further infringe on our freedom. PC is simply curtailment of the freedom to think critical ideas, especially ideas critical of their policies.

    The US, or basically the anglosphere, US, UK, Canada, NZ and Oz, is a soft socialist system run by crony capitalists under the smokescreen of “democracy”. Sure you are free to vote, just as slaves are free to vote for their own representative, but are they truly free ?

    Imposing democracy on others is simply the imposition of the dictatorship of the proletariat, soft communism in other words, and that, incidentally, is what the US wants to impose on Russia and other nations – democracy – AKA socialism.

    The hilarity is that the Left can’t see it.

  29. Rococo Liberal

    They know well that the citizen has to use her own funds for litigation, whereas “they” use funds provided by the ratepayer or the taxpayer.

    A simple law reform needs to made. If a Council loses in the Tribunal it has to pay the costs of the applicant on an indemnity basis. If the Council wins it has to pay the costs of the applicant on a party party basis. That would stop the fornicators dead in their tracks.

  30. Rococo Liberal

    I’ve often thought that those who take tax cases to court should have their costs paid by the ATO.

  31. Rococo Liberal

    Sinistra delenda est!

  32. Ms Dolittle

    looking to Russia

    snork!

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