The Hypocrisy is Strong in this one*:
August 12th 2013:
Another day and another chance for the Solidarity Singers in Madison to get a permit. They won’t, and they will get arrested. Democratic legislators like State Senator Bob Jauch will lose all sense of perspective and compare the arrests to various atrocities and the media will gloss over them.
But then this was never about free speech. This is about power. Notice the rhetoric of the Solidarity Singers and their supporters when another group takes out a permit. They allowed the permitted event to happen. They didn’t interfere with the wedding. They are allowing others to exercise their free speech rights.
That is not what democracy looks like. That’s fascism
fas·cismnoun \ˈfa-ˌshi-zəm also ˈfa-ˌsi-\: a way of organizing a society in which a government ruled by a dictator controls the lives of the people and in which people are not allowed to disagree with the government
Full Definition of FASCISM1often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
May 8, 2014:2: a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control <early instances of army fascism and brutality — J. W. Aldridge>
The decision that will receive the most publicity is the one by Judge Rudy Randa, who shut down “John Doe 2.” It was an investigation into conservative organizations who spoke out during the recall elections, including Wisconsin Club for Growth.
Randa slapped down the investigators, even threatening them with contempt of court if they attempted to continue the investigation. Randa freed the organizations from any obligation to cooperate with the investigation and ordered the return of any property seized by the investigators.
Randa based his decision to end the John Doe probe on the effect it was having on the free speech rights of the investigated organizations. Because they were not engaged in express advocacy in the elections, their free speech was (and is) protected under the First Amendment and not subject to campaign finance laws.
Think what was happening. Organizations who were solely engaged in the practice of speaking about political issues were subject to police raids in the night, the seizure of computers and records, and then forbidden to speak publicly about it.
It is not an exaggeration to say what was happening in the John Doe investigation was just steps away from Solzhenitsyn’s description of the Black Marias of the state security police coming in the night.
Randa recognized that when he wrote, “It is a recognition that maximizing First Amendment freedom is a better way to deal with political corruption than allowing the seemingly corruptible to do so. As other histories tell us, attempts to purify the public square lead to places like the Guillotine and the Gulag.”
So first amendment rights do not apply to a handful of citizens who want to sing in a publicly held building but they are unlimited to billionaires who want to take a few million and work with the campaign of a politician to see the best way to spend their money?
* picture from @jwigderson public twitter feed.