Are you laboring under the illusion that the Democrats are the problem? Or are you one of those who thinks it’s the Republicans?
Either way, you’re wrong.
Nine words for you: Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011, aka. H.R. 347/S. 1794. You can read the whole thing here. It’s barely a page. And it’s proof positive that whatever party or Congressional faction you’re trying to scapegoat, the problem is way, way bigger than that.
Last Tuesday, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed suit against Arlene’s Flowers and Gifts, a Richland florist business that refused to supply flowers for a same-sex wedding. According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed were decade-long customers of the business.
Religious liberty advocates just scored another provisional victory. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals told the Administration yesterday to keep its word and rewrite the healthcare contraception mandate to accommodate religious liberty.
Poor TriMet. Being forced against their will to permit free speech.
Oh, the Portland, Oregon, public transit agency supports free speech. I know because they said so. They just desperately want for it to happen some place else. Because, you know, free speech can get messy. Just like democracy. And God forbid that life should get messy for the good folks at TriMet. (Well, any messier than it already is.)
From the President down, the Administration blamed the First Amendment for the September 11th attack on our consulate in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others. It was, they said, all about a protest over an amateur film that had been on the internet since July.
Today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee opened a hearing into our diplomatic security in Libya.
It’s probably just coincidence that the State Department suddenly claimed yesterday that it had “never concluded” that the September 11th attack that killed Stevens and three others was “a protest gone awry”.
Today is Constitution Day. I was planning to write today about the 225th anniversary of the signing of our nation’s foundational document. About the importance of the Constitution to you and me, now, in the 21st century.
So I will.
In an address last week commemorating 9/11, the President said that, in the 11 years since 9/11:
we’ve strengthened our alliances while improving our security here at home. . . . [O]ur country is stronger, safer and more respected in the world.