Gov. Blunt Statement on Obama Campaign’s Abusive Use of Missouri Law Enforcement

I've had like 10 people send me the link, so rather than fight it: let them eat cake!

UPDATE: I didn't really get the big deal about this at first. In my mind I thought that this was some kind of misunderstanding on someone's part inflated for political gain on the Republican side. The giveaway? Slander and libel are civil offenses, so why would a prosecutor be involved in the first place.

But, maybe there is something to this and some local yokels are trying to discourage Obama bashing by raising the cost of gainsaying his Logosness? Even if it is all a bunch of bologney since the average schmo is pretty intimidated by the threat of a lawsuit.

I'm not in Missouri, but I'm sure many of my readers are. MO readers: let's just start making stuff up about Obama. You know, to mess with 'em.

I'll start.

Fact: Did you know that Barack Obama once had a gay sex orgy with the entire offensive line of the 2003 Nebraska Cornhuskers? I'm willing to swear an affidavit to it and take a lie detector test.

Viral attacks are where it's at in 2008!

Gov. Blunt Statement on Obama Campaign’s Abusive Use of Missouri Law Enforcement

JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Matt Blunt today issued the following statement on news reports that have exposed plans by U.S. Senator Barack Obama to use Missouri law enforcement to threaten and intimidate his critics.

“St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch, St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer, and Obama and the leader of his Missouri campaign Senator Claire McCaskill have attached the stench of police state tactics to the Obama-Biden campaign.

“What Senator Obama and his helpers are doing is scandalous beyond words, the party that claims to be the party of Thomas Jefferson is abusing the justice system and offices of public trust to silence political criticism with threats of prosecution and criminal punishment.

“This abuse of the law for intimidation insults the most sacred principles and ideals of Jefferson. I can think of nothing more offensive to Jefferson’s thinking than using the power of the state to deprive Americans of their civil rights. The only conceivable purpose of Messrs. McCulloch, Obama and the others is to frighten people away from expressing themselves, to chill free and open debate, to suppress support and donations to conservative organizations targeted by this anti-civil rights, to strangle criticism of Mr. Obama, to suppress ads about his support of higher taxes, and to choke out criticism on television, radio, the Internet, blogs, e-mail and daily conversation about the election.

“Barack Obama needs to grow up. Leftist blogs and others in the press constantly say false things about me and my family. Usually, we ignore false and scurrilous accusations because the purveyors have no credibility. When necessary, we refute them. Enlisting Missouri law enforcement to intimidate people and kill free debate is reminiscent of the Sedition Acts - not a free society.”

Posted by: Rusty at 06:43 PM

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