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Ron Paul’s Texas Straight Talk 3/14/16: Loretta Lynch and the Government War on Free Speech

Sunday, March 13, 2016 19:00
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Loretta Lynch and the Government War on Free Speech
by Ron Paul

her appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week,
Attorney General Loretta Lynch admitted that she asked the FBI to
examine whether the federal government should take legal action against
so-called climate change deniers. Attorney General Lynch is not
responding to any criminal acts committed by climate change skeptics.
Instead, she is responding to requests from those frustrated that
dissenters from the alleged climate change consensuses have successfully
blocked attempts to create new government programs to fight climate

These climate change censors claim that the argument over
climate change is settled and the deniers’ success in blocking
congressional action is harming the public. Therefore, the government
must disregard the First Amendment and silence anyone who dares question
the reigning climate change dogma. This argument ignores the many
reputable scientists who have questioned the magnitude, effects, and
role of human action in causing climate change.

If successful,
the climate change censors could set a precedent that could silence
numerous other views. For example, many people believe the argument over
whether we should audit, and then end, the Federal Reserve is settled.
Therefore, the deniers of Austrian economics are harming the public by
making it more difficult for Congress to restore a free-market monetary
policy. So why shouldn’t the government silence Paul Krugman?

climate change censorship movement is part of a larger effort to
silence political speech. Other recent examples include the IRS’s
harassment of tea party groups as well as that agency’s (fortunately
thwarted) attempt to impose new rules on advocacy organizations that
would have limited their ability to criticize a politician’s record in
the months before an election.

The IRS and many state legislators
and officials are also trying to force public policy groups to hand
over the names of their donors. This type of disclosure can make
individuals fearful that, if they support a pro-liberty group, they will
face retaliation from the government.

Efforts to silence
government critics may have increased in recent years; however, the sad
fact is the US Government has a long and shameful history of censoring
speech. It is not surprising that war and national security have served
as convenient excuses to limit political speech. So-called liberal
presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt both supported wartime
crackdowns on free speech.

Today, many neoconservatives are using
the war on terror to justify crackdowns on free speech, increased
surveillance of unpopular religious groups like Muslims, and increased
government control of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
Some critics of US foreign policy have even been forbidden to enter the

Many opponents of government restrictions on the First
Amendment and other rights of Muslims support government actions
targeting so-called “right-wing extremists.” These fair-weather civil
liberties defenders are the mirror image of conservatives who support
restricting the free speech rights of Muslims in the name of national
security, yet clam to oppose authoritarian government. Defending speech
we do not agree with is necessary to effectively protect the speech we

A government that believes it can run our lives, run the
economy, and run the world will inevitably come to believe it can, and
should, have the power to silence its critics. Eliminating the
welfare-warfare state is the key to protecting our free speech, and
other liberties, from an authoritarian government.

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