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January 10, 2011

Rep. Robert Brady Wants to Exploit Tucson Shootings to Restrict Political Speech

Posted by Dave Blount at January 10, 2011 10:08 AM

If liberals have their way, the Second Amendment won't be the only constitutional casualty of the Tucson shootings; Democrats are also going after the First:

Rep. Robert Brady, D-Pennsylvania, said he will introduce legislation making it a federal crime for a person to use language or symbols that could be perceived as threatening or inciting violence against a Member of Congress or federal official.

This is why the absurd attempts by unscrupulous liberals to blame conservatives for the deranged act of a lunatic are such an alarming development. If people who only half pay attention to the news take them seriously, they could be used to generate acceptance of draconian restrictions on freedom of speech. "Language that could be perceived as threatening" could be stretched to cover any criticism of politicians.

Brady said it is now time to put an end to the hyper-charged language.

The difference between "hyper-charged language" and "political speech" won't be easy to define.

"The rhetoric is just ramped up so negatively, so high, that we have got to shut this down," Brady said, noting that "I've had my share of death threats" over his many years in politics.

So has most everyone in public life. If you can't stand the heat…

As for support for the bill, Brady said, "Why would you be against it?"

No doubt pointing out how shameful and terrifying it is that someone sworn to uphold the Constitution would ask this question qualifies as "hyper-charged language."

Authoritarians like Brady smell an opportunity.

On a tip from GoY. Hat tip: Gateway Pundit.