An attempt to “punish” (i.e., persecute and prosecute) a movie maker for a documentary he produced and distributed for free prior to the 2012 presidential election failed in the Federal Election Commission. But it failed only because the three Democrat appointees were offset by the three Republican appointees.
The movie in question was titled “Dreams of My Real Father: A Story of Reds and Deception.” I have not watched it, but the trailer indicates it puts to bed the lie that President Barack Obama is the son of Barack Obama Sr., and makes the case that his real father is the communist author and agitator Frank Marshal Davis, and that at Obama’s core he is a Marxist.
As an aside, that is the Obama narrative that makes the most sense and is likely the reason Obama produced a fake birth certificate when the birther issue was at its zenith, as I have written before.
Film maker Joel Gilbert sent the movie to millions of voters in swing states. The distribution prompted the filing of an FEC complaint that he violated reporting rules even though he acted on his own with no ties to political groups or parties. The complaint prompted Gilbert to seek the standard media “exemption” from reporting.
The FEC gave exemptions to Michael Moore and Daily Kos for their leftist productions, but the Democrats on the FEC wanted to make an example of the conservative Gilbert. Democrats on the FEC have been targeting so-called conservative media for two years. They have discussed, among other actions, regulating Citizen United’s movie division, and pondered how to shut down Sean Hannity’s radio program and the Drudge Report, seeking to require them to register as political action committees.
And in California, the Democrat attorney general has targeted David Daleiden, the man behind the Center for Medical Progress. That’s the group that documented Planned Parenthood abortionists discussing what has now been revealed to be a nationwide baby parts trafficking network.
Following the attacks on the Benghazi consulate, which Obama and the witch from Chappaqua sought to blame on an anti-Muslim YouTube video in order to conceal their operation to run guns to al-Qaida terrorists in Syria, filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was arrested, thereby becoming a political prisoner.
Democrats were once consistent in their support of free speech, going to bat to preserve the rights of flag burners, porn publishers and George W. Bush haters. But they’ve finally found speech they don’t like. That’s any speech that sheds light on their standard bearers and pet causes, no matter how perverse.
The 1st Amendment ostensibly guarantees the rights of all Americans to speak freely and openly and to criticize their government without fear of repercussions. But not even the Founders held to that. President John Adams and the 5th U.S. Congress put into law the Sedition Act which criminalized making false statements critical of the Federal government, a direct violation of the 1st Amendment. The law led to the arrest of many of Adams’ most vocal opponents, including Benjamin Franklin’s grandson, Benjamin Franklin Bache, editor of the Philadelphia Democrat-Republican Aurora.
Only in America’s first few years of existence was there truly freedom of speech. Since then we’ve lived in a post free speech America, and exercising or attempting to exercise that right can get youdisappeared, shot, arrested or fined if your speech makes government too uncomfortable.