According to infowars.com, social analyst, Mark Dice, played the role of a big government liberal and asked Obama supporters to sign a petition that would repeal the First Amendment to the constitution. The First Amendment is the Freedom of Speech amendment.
Dice told respondents that folks who disagree with Obama are racists and extremists and should have their constitutional right to speak out annulled. Dice went on to indicate that repealing the First Amendment would ban right wingers from saying bad things about Obama. Furthermore, Dice indicated that he was tired of people having the right to say what they want to say; they don’t have the right to disagree with Obama in these tough times. Some other folks were told that signing the petition would eliminate the Tea Party’s right to criticize Obama, along with other Obama critics’ rights to talk negatively about Obama. The post on inforwars.com indicated that a number of Obama supporters signed the petition and were enthusiastic about signing the petition.
I watched the video and it was made in California somewhere along the coast. It could have been in San Diego and somewhere near Los Angeles. Four whites signed the petition and one of them was a middle-aged male. The rest were young. In addition, four blacks signed, one Asian signed, and one Hispanic signed. Two refused to sign, one black and one white.
This disturbs me and it should disturb you also. Mr. Dice chose an area where cross-sections of people congregate. In other words, he didn’t do this in a low-income, inner city area where folks would, more than likely, be less educated and not know about the First Amendment, or would have a tendency to be an Obama supporter because he is black or half black.
I grew up during the cold war and one day my grandmother and I were having a discussion about Communism. I was probably about five and knew Communism was bad, but I really didn’t know why. One of the things that I remember my grandmother saying to me that here in the United States that we had free elections and our leaders were chosen by our citizens. In Communist countries, they might have an election, but maybe only one person would be on the ballot and everyone was required to vote for that one person or face consequences. In the United States, if you didn’t want to vote, you didn’t have to. Or, if you voted, you could vote for the candidate of your choice without fear of harassment (of course, this was way before the Black Panther movement began). My grandmother also said that if you didn’t like what the government and the elected leaders were doing, you could say out loud in front of anyone that you didn’t like what they were doing.
I’ve exercised my right to freedom of speech a lot in my lifetime. I had to remind an Obama supporter not too long ago that criticizing our government officials was a basic right that all Americans have under the constitution. When I hear someone criticize an official with whose policies I agree, what do I do? I will disagree with them and attempt to have a discussion with them; all the while knowing that they have that right. Of course, it’s almost impossible to have a decent discussion with a liberal because most of them get shrill and emotional, and start making accusations that you don’t care about those less fortunate, then telling you that you’re going to hell.
When the next republican president is elected, and I hope it is in 1916, I’ll be very curious to see whether Mr. Dice does this same survey, asking folks to sign a petition the repeal the first amendment disallowing criticism of the republican president.