We have seen many changes in this great nation which have been brought about by left wing activists. As kids, we used to say the Pledge of Allegiance. Now, it’s being attacked in the courts. We used to say a prayer in the morning before school or at football games. Socialists in America have deemed that “offensive” and the practice has all but disappeared. Christmas displays honoring the birth of Christ trigger convulsions by the Left, who say that we shouldn’t make people feel “uncomfortable” with our manger scenes.
Now, we can’t even say what we want to say in public because not only will the thought police be on patrol, but, using a recent event in Florida as an example, saying “Hussein Obama” in public might just get you a visit from the FBI. Just ask Florida’s Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott who is under fire — and investigation — for referring to Obama at a campaign rally by his — gasp — full name. What is going on with America?
At a rally in Estero, Florida on Monday for Gov. Sarah Palin, one of the pre-rally speakers was Sheriff Scott. Now, anyone who has been to a political rally knows that the job of the warm-up speakers is to do exactly as the name implies: warm-up the audience. Whether the audience is cheering wildly or booing loudly, the pre-rally speakers are there to wake them up and get them going. So… according to ABC News, Sheriff Scott stepped to the podium and said, “On November 4, let’s leave Barack Hussein Obama wondering what happened.”
Oh, the shock of it all! Speaking someone’s full legal name in public! When asked about the “incident,” Sheriff Scott responded by saying:
“I absolutely, unequivocally don’t regret saying it,” Scott told the News-Press on Monday. “In order to be a speaker at this event, I had to give my full name — Michael Joseph Scott — to the Secret Service, even though I’m the sheriff of Lee County. So why would I apologize? Is there some kind of double standard here where I have to give my full name, but I can’t use his?”
“Unless he changed his name, my position hasn’t changed,” said Scott of Obama. “It seems very clear to me that people have one of three stances on this thing: There are those who dislike it, there are those who like it, and there are those who think it’s a whole big deal about nothing, which is where I stand.”
The NBC station reports that officials with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel have started an investigation of the Sheriff under the question of “did he use his position as sheriff to influence an election? If so, he could be in violation of a federal election law called the Hatch Act.” The basis the Feds are using is whether Scott was campaigning while on duty and in uniform.
The question is this… If Sheriff Scott had not said “Barack Hussein Obama,” do you really think he would now be under investigation? If you answered “no,” then that should send a shiver down your spine, because it means that the government is imposing pressure and creating a public example of Scott for simply saying someone’s name.
Whether the investigation leads to charges or legal action is not the point. The point is that government intimidation is being brought to bear for someone exercising his first amendment right to free speech. This is wrong, regardless of whether you think his usage of Barack Hussein Obama was appropriate or not. This is still America, isn’t it?