Tuesday, December 05, 2006

At dinner for 1st amendment, Newt trashes the 1st amendment

This passed me by last week.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich yesterday in Manchester said the country will be forced to reexamine freedom of speech to meet the threat of terrorism.

Gingrich, speaking at a Manchester awards banquet, said a "different set of rules" may be needed to reduce terrorists' ability to use the Internet and free speech to recruit and get out their message.

In response, Cenk Uygur at Huffington Post said it best:
This is the white flag of surrender. Gingrich is saying that we cannot defeat the terrorists with our rules. In case, you think that's an exaggeration, he literally said we need a "different set of rules" to limit speech and the internet. He is saying the American system that was good enough to win World War I, World War II and the Cold War is not good enough to beat Al Qaeda.
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In order to be truly American, don't you have to believe in America?

It's the "stop the terrorists from destroying America by destroying America" mentality.
Andy in H-burg

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Keanus said...

Not only were Gingrich's comments shocking, but the dinner was the Nackey S. Loeb First Amendment award dinner, which fetes people and organizations that stand up for freedom of speech. I would have thought the diners, if truly devoted to the First Amendment, would have driven him out the door and tar and feathered him or at least turned off his microphone.

10:52 PM  
Anonymous Alan said...

RE: driven him out the door and tar and feathered him

Maybe they were being tolerent!

11:14 PM  

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