The First Amendment Is More Than A Theory

   President Obama is broadly condemning Syrian President Assad, after more than 80 protesters  were gunned down by security forces.  The President is also criticizing Assad, for seeking help from Iran in quelling widespread protests.   At the same time, there are reports that we’re now sending Predators into Libya, and that our spending on the Lybian effort has  topped the billion dollar mark.

A billion here, a billion there, it all adds up, doesn’t it?

The cost isn’t a problem, apparently, for Senator John McCain, who advocates sending additional military assistance to the Libyan opposition.  The Senator, went on a walking tour of Benghazi, where he met with members of the “Transitional National Council.”  That’s what members of the Libyan rebel leadership are calling themselves.   It’s important to have a central identity, and they now have one.  The fact that Britain, France and Italy have sent in advisers, may have something to do with their new-found organizational skills?  The New York Times reports that McCain’s visit,  “underscored a mounting sense of frustration among critics and even some supporters of the Obama administration that it was not acting aggressively enough to help the rebels overthrow Colonel Qaddafi.”

Mr. Obama, it seems, can’t do anything without catching hell from one side or the other.

So we’re now engaged to one degree or another in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Libya, and the President is taking a stand on Syria, with overtones that could be interpreted as a threat to Iran to stay out of the conflict.   That’s five countries in the Middle East and North Africa.   It would probably be six, if the French hadn’t interceded in Ivory Coast.  I’d like to personally thank the French for taking the lead in Libya and Ivory Coast.  True, they’re concerned about the potential for tens-of-thousands of immigrants arriving on European shores.  Nevertheless, it is nice to have at least a little backup when you’re trying to police the entire world, which is apparently the goal our leaders have set for us even if it destroys our standard of living.

Do you recall being asked if we should police the entire world?  I don’t.

I am though, reminded of George W. Bush’s plans to “democratize” the Middle East.  That turned out to be a somewhat timid idea, as we’re now engaged not only in the Middle East, but in North Africa as well, with at least one character, and maybe two, who make Saddam Hussein look almost rational.   And the cost of making war on multiple fronts continues to rise while the value of the dollar falls sending the price of gold to a record high as the Communist Chinese criticize the United States for its failure to get its financial house in order.

“Confusion now hath made his masterpiece.” – Wm. Shakespeare

Was it Dick Cheney, or George W. Bush, or both, who advocated getting into two wars on credit, because they were certain the country could handle the deficit their actions would cause?

Whomever it was in the former NeoCon hierarchy that came up with the idea, we’re stuck with it now, aren’t we?

Turning a page but staying on topic, here at home, a judge in Michigan has banned Florida Pastor Terry Jones from protesting outside a mosque in Dearborn, because “his appearance was likely to provoke violence.”  Judge Mark Somers, has forbidden Jones from getting anywhere near the mosque for three years.

While our President condemns Syria for its attack on protesters, here in America, one of our judges appears to be turning the First Amendment on its head by barring a Florida preacher from exercising his right to free speech and to “peaceably assemble,” presumably on public property, outside a mosque in Dearborn.

I don’t care for Terry Jones.  I’m repulsed by his ideology and methodology,  but isn’t it ludicrous to think that we can deny First Amendment rights here in the U.S., while condemning others overseas for doing the very same thing?   The First Amendment is more than a theory.  It’s the law.

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