by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
If our government does not respect the Constitution, we have no constitution. If the government refuses to stand behind the principles of free speech, the right to free assembly, the right to petition the government, the right to a speedy trial, etc., those rights don’t exist. Instead, we simply have rule down the barrel of a gun…a gun held only in government hands. I thought of that when I read about Doug Mackey, sent to federal prison for seven months because he insulted Hillary voters, and Ryan Kelley, given an extra-long prison sentence on a misdemeanor because he didn’t grovel sufficiently before his J6 hanging judge.
Briefly, in the lead-up to the 2016 election, Douglas Mackey sent out some silly memes telling Hillary voters to vote by text. Only a moron would believe that. There’s no evidence that his memes had any effect whatsoever, other than saying that he thought Hillary voters were morons. Moreover, what he did wasn’t original. Others have done it, too, including leftists.
Nevertheless, the moment Biden entered the White House, the DOJ came after Mackey. The other day, he was convicted and sent to prison for seven months for telling an obvious political joke. …
… [Matt] Walsh calls out the Republican politicians who, almost to a man, have had nothing to say about the administration’s open disdain for the First Amendment or for this miscarriage of justice. He thinks they don’t care. I think so, too, but I’d add one other thing: They’re afraid. They’ve seen what the Biden administration is doing to Trump. They know that, once the socialists are in power, having been an elected representative of the people and exercising their own right to free speech is no defense when the Gestapo, KGB, or Stasi come calling.