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Mitch McConnell Decries Obama Regime's Culture Of Intimidation and Stifling Of Speech (Video)

 In a hard-hitting speech at The American Enterprise Institute, Friday morning, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell accused the Obama administration of attempting to dismantle conservative causes, and  "shut up anybody who challenges it."

The self-proclaimed "First Amendment hawk" gave a speech at AEI at this time, last year, and had "warned of a grave and growing threat to the First Amendment." Today he declared that "the threat has not let up."

Transcript via Drew M:

Our ability to freely engage in civic life and to organize in defense of our beliefs is still under coordinated assault from groups on the Left that don’t like the idea of anyone criticizing their aims, and from a White House that appears determined to shut up anybody who challenges it.

An internal Media Matters memo from January 2010 showed the extent to which these tactics have been turned into a science. In it, we learned of the group’s plan to conduct opposition research into the lives of on-air news personalities and other key decision makers at Fox News, and to coordinate with 100 or so partner groups to pressure the network’s advertisers and shareholders, get this, “by the threat of actual boycotts, rallies, demonstrations, shame, embarrassment and other tactics on a variety of issues important to the progressive agenda.”

 Its multiple databases could also be used, the memo said, to remove what it describes as “chronically problematic media figures,” or “to preempt programming” … altogether.

Then, of course, there’s the widespread effort to stifle speech from within the government itself, something the Obama Administration has been engaged in from its earliest days.

Some have traced this back even further, to the 2008 campaign. But my central point last June, and my central point today, is this: the attacks on speech that we’ve seen over the past several years were never limited to a few Left-wing pressure groups or the DISCLOSE Act, which I’ll turn to in a minute. They extend throughout the federal government, to places like the FEC, the FCC, HHS, the SEC, and as all Americans now know — even to the IRS. These assaults have often been aided and abetted by the administration’s allies in Congress. And they’re as virulent as ever. 

In the following clip, he brings up the case of Frank VanderSloot, the Idaho businessman singled out by the Obama campaign for giving $1 million in support of Mitt Romney and subsequently harassed by Obama's minions and audited by the  IRS and Labor Departments, and the Koch brothers who have become household names "because of their forceful and unapologetic promotion and defense of capitalism." 

McConnell does not shy away making the appropriate connections of this "culture of intimidation" to the "former community organizer who happens to be president" here, which is why his speech needs to be disseminated far and wide.


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