There is NO distinction between the First Amendment
and the Second.
One enforces, and reinforces the other. Either direction.
Obama: The Post-Racial Racist
Since 2007, Hillary Clinton partisans were complaining that while Obama pretended to be post-racial, in fact he was sending out his minions to make the bitterly racist attacks, while he floated above it all, clean. Go read the whole thing.
They couldn't actually prove their case -- well, they knew Obama's supporters were making these bitterly-racist arguments on a daily basis, and that Obama did little to restrain them, but they couldn't prove he directed such attacks.
Same thing in the general election, of course -- Obama spoke behind closed doors about "bitter clingers" in Pennsylvania with their guns, religion, and racism, but pretended to be post-racial in public declarations. And his minions of course savagely attacked any who opposed him, often in racial terms.
I was just watching (for the first time) John Ziegler's Media Malpractice and I was struck how the media cast every charge against Obama -- such as Palin's statement that he "palled around with terrorists" -- as "racist."
Well, the terrorists Palin had in mind were white -- Ayers and Dohrn -- and a PLO guy. Who I guess isn't white per se but also isn't black, and no one can claim with a straight face that charging a PLO guy with terrorist-support was due to "racism."
But they did. They rushed to claim that Palin was fishing in racist waters, rather than just noting a provable fact.
In this way, 90% of Obama's election campaign was highly racialized -- anyone opposing him was a racist, and every criticism made of him was also racist, and therefore not worthy of discussion.
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