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Obama-Biden rally at UMW bans signs [school tries t-shirts]
Free Lance - Star newspaper, Fredericksburg VA ^ | 27 Sept 2008 | editorial in Free Lance - Star newspaper

Posted on 09/29/2008 12:36:49 PM PDT by mbarker12474

Signs of liberty

Why is the University of Mary Washington inhibiting free speech at today's Obama-Biden rally?

Date published: 9/27/2008

NOT ALL COUNTRIES guarantee their citizens the right to virtually unbridled freedom of speech. The United States does. Would someone please tell the campaign of Sen. Barack Obama? And the dozing guardians of liberty at the University of Mary Washington?

Mr. Obama, the Democratic nominee for president, is scheduled to speak at a rally at the university today. The public is invited to this forum, on property it, the public, owns. However, signs and banners will not be allowed, according to the organizers and compliant campus officials. Suddenly, UMW is a First Amendment-Free, or at least a First Amendment-Crippled, Zone, subject to the self-serving preferences of politicos. Why does an Obama rally--or a McCain rally or a Nader rally--justify taking a little off the top of Americans' most fundamental rights?

A UMW spokeswoman says that the Obama campaign required the sign-and-banner ban. That campaign tells us that the ban is for "security" reasons. But a spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service, responsible for protecting presidential candidates, says that the service has no objection to signs at rallies, provided that no "part of the sign could be used as a weapon"--e.g., a heavy metal pole or a sharpened stick. Finally, the McCain campaign tells us, "We encourage people to make signs at our events."

Regarding today's event, one would expect better from a campaign bearing the name of a former professor of constitutional law. (See Ambrose Bierce's definition of a lawyer: "one skilled in circumventing the law.") And one would expect much better from a university that, in pursuit of a day of celebrity, a boost in prestige, and profits from its book store's planned commemorative Obama T-shirts (now scotched), shaves away an American liberty purchased by men who turned white snow red and dry dirt wet with their sacrificial blood. This is a lot to swap for a mess of pottage. Remarks the Rutherford Institute's John Whitehead, who has turpentined the Bush administration's civil-rights record, "The Secret Service has a better free-speech viewpoint than the college."

The First Amendment guarantees the freedoms of religion, speech, the press, peaceable assembly, petition of the government. Will one who aspires to the title Defender of the Constitution begin inhibiting these First Freedoms even before he is in office--at a public university?


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: marywash; obama; signs; tshirts
Liberal newspaper's editorial against the Obama-Biden campaign's refusal to allow folks with signs at their rally at the University of Mary Washington, in Fredericksburg, VA.

In a related story, the Virginia Attorney General nixed the school's attempt to sell t-shirts displaying the combination of UMW and Obama.

1 posted on 09/29/2008 12:36:51 PM PDT by mbarker12474
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To: mbarker12474
The FLS went liberal?


Back in early 90’s is was as far left as TNR, but then with change in leadership it went reasonably right.

Then its editor was hired by The Washington Times and I moved away. . . so, has it gone back to being a left-wing rag?

2 posted on 09/29/2008 12:40:27 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: mbarker12474
...just another attempt at “police state” signs at a rally...maybe ears won't be able to see his teleprompter

(side note)...thanks to this idiot I have used (typed)the word teleprompter hundreds of times within the last 2 months, something I might say or type once every 6 years, and it's really starting to piss me off....

3 posted on 09/29/2008 12:46:52 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: mbarker12474

They say that... but go to the rally and you will see they had out signs for Obama ... a time for change....

4 posted on 09/29/2008 1:03:59 PM PDT by tarpit (Troubled Asset Relief Program Indentures Taxpayers)
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To: tarpit

It’s message control. No distractions allowed.

6 posted on 09/30/2008 4:43:48 AM PDT by reformedliberal (God bless Saracuda America, speaking truth to power.)
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