The Lady Speaks

What Happened to Free Speech?

Someone needs to rush a copy of the Bill of Rights – preferably a large-type edition – to the White House, and quick!

I seem to recall learning something in elementary school, fourth grade probably, about the rights of the people, and how our most important rights were contained in the first Amendment of the Bill of Rights. After reading Attytood, I began to think Mrs. Brink's civics lessons had all been a dream. We hadn't really been forced to memorize it, I didn't get a 98 on the test, nor did I spend a week writing an essay on 'What the Bill of Rights Means To Me".

Apparently, the people at Attytood must have thought the same after listening to CNN's correspondents call a protester's actions a 'shame' and a 'blemish' on the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao.

The fact that these highly-paid talking heads don't even recognize the irony of a protester being yanked by the Secret Service just after the President tells Hu that China can become even more successful by allowing the same freedoms guaranteed Americans by the Bill of Rights…. It's simply staggering.

From Attytood:

At an outdoor ceremony, Bush told Hu:

China has become successful because the Chinese people are experience the freedom to buy, and to sell, and to produce — and China can grow even more successful by allowing the Chinese people the freedom to assemble, to speak freely, and to worship.

Seconds later, one of the people assembled on the White House south lawn actually tried to speak freely right here in America — about both the lack of free speech and religious freedom in China.

That free-speaking woman was promptly hauled off and arrested:

She shouted in heavily accented English, "President Bush: Stop him from killing" and, "President Bush, stop him from persecuting the Falun Gong."

Bush, standing next to Hu, leaned over and whispered a comment to the Chinese leader, who paused briefly when the shouting began and then resumed his remarks.

The protester was waving a banner with the red and yellow colors used by Falun Gong, a banned religious movement in China. She kept shouting for several minutes before Secret Service uniformed agents were able to make their way to her position at the top of the camera stand. They dragged her off the stand.

A photographer who was standing next to the protester tried momentarily to quiet her by putting his hand in front of her mouth.

Turns out, that time in fourth grade wasn't a dream after all. A quick search of Google turned up this from

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Welcome to Amerika.


April 20, 2006 - Posted by | Bush, Constitution, First Amendment, Government, Media, Protest, White House


  1. I’ll tell ya, these guys never cease to amaze me. The irony of it all…..
    How are you Pa? Long time no see….blog is lookin good girlfriend!!

    Comment by QuestionGirl | April 20, 2006 | Reply

  2. Hey PA! We were just talking about you over at my place. I sincerely hope you’re feeling better dear, you’ve been miseed on the threads!

    What happened to that protester was unthinkable to me. Chaps my hide! I really hope they drop all charges against her, and if not I hope some high profile lawyer takes her case and puts this s*^t on the front page of every newspaper in the country!

    Best of luck to you PA!!!

    Comment by MrEMan | April 20, 2006 | Reply

  3. Hey QG! Things are going okay, more or less.

    Thanks! Your blog’s looking good too. Those ‘detention center’ links scared the crap outta me! I keep wondering which cell they’ll give me… 🙂

    Comment by PA_Lady | April 20, 2006 | Reply

  4. Hey PA! I just learned about your blog! I’ve missed you!! So happy I found you!
    You have to read the post “Fifth Column” about the detention centers at:
    Scary as hell!

    Comment by mirth | April 20, 2006 | Reply

  5. Mirth!! Great to “see” you! How’s things in NM? I’ve been trying to free up some more time to spend online, but usually I’m either trying to read everyone else’s blogs or else heading to bed just as all the interesting people are starting to post.

    That is some deeply SCARY stuff! The more I read, the more I wish the MSM would wake up and do their jobs. [The chances of which are even worse than my chances of winning the PowerBall! LOL]

    The parallels between what’s going on in the US today and Sinclair Lewis’ It Can’t Happen Here are frightening. Ever since reading that, I’ve had plans for escape in the back of my mind – how I’d get to Canada, how I’d get my kids across, and/or how we’d hide and live in the woods, etc.

    Comment by PA_Lady | April 20, 2006 | Reply

  6. I know the feeling, Honey. But I’m still in fighting mode with these bastards.
    Now that I know where you are, I’ll drop in more often…and actually read your posts next time. :>
    I hope you are well.

    Comment by mirth | April 20, 2006 | Reply

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