I can’t think of anything more frightening, more unAmerican than using law enforcement to intimidate and suppress political critics. This is something I would expect from Vladimir Putin, not an American presidential candidate. But that is exactly what Barack Obama and his thugs were planning on doing. Two prosecutors in St. Louis, Bob McCulloch and Jennifer Joyce, Obama supporters both, implied they would use their positions in order to intimidate Obama critics into silence by threatening to prosecute them. As Allahpundit said, it doesn’t take actual prosecution to silence someone:
Needless to say, no one actually has to be prosecuted for this to work. Prosecution will be impossible anyway in most cases thanks to the First Amendment. The point isn’t to jail critics but merely to price the cost of prospective litigation into their decision on whether to publicly criticize The One.
Well, the threat was enough to get Missouri Governor Matt Blunt’s attention. He issued a scathing rebuke to the Obama campaign about its thuggish tactics:
“St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch, St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer, and Obama and the leader of his Missouri campaign Senator Claire McCaskill have attached the stench of police state tactics to the Obama-Biden campaign.
“What Senator Obama and his helpers are doing is scandalous beyond words, the party that claims to be the party of Thomas Jefferson is abusing the justice system and offices of public trust to silence political criticism with threats of prosecution and criminal punishment.
“This abuse of the law for intimidation insults the most sacred principles and ideals of Jefferson. I can think of nothing more offensive to Jefferson’s thinking than using the power of the state to deprive Americans of their civil rights. The only conceivable purpose of Messrs. McCulloch, Obama and the others is to frighten people away from expressing themselves, to chill free and open debate, to suppress support and donations to conservative organizations targeted by this anti-civil rights, to strangle criticism of Mr. Obama, to suppress ads about his support of higher taxes, and to choke out criticism on television, radio, the Internet, blogs, e-mail and daily conversation about the election.
“Barack Obama needs to grow up. Leftist blogs and others in the press constantly say false things about me and my family. Usually, we ignore false and scurrilous accusations because the purveyors have no credibility. When necessary, we refute them. Enlisting Missouri law enforcement to intimidate people and kill free debate is reminiscent of the Sedition Acts – not a free society.” (Emphasis mine)
Just imagine the fun we’ll have with a Democrat Congress and Obama as president, who will have control over the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice who will, should The One be elected, to slap the Fairness Doctrine on conservative talk radio and the internet faster than you can say William Ayers is an unrepentant terrorist.