NBC\’s Richard Engel, often vilified by the Right as a left wing cheap shot artist, actually did some outstanding reporting on China\’s effort to suppress demonstrations during the Olympics. In the story, Engel tells the story of a woman whose house was being bulldozed to make way for a road. She applied for a permit to demonstrate, then was arrested and imprisoned for 30 days, or until the Olympics were over.
View the video here.
Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, the state Government Accountability Board continues to assert its authority to regulate the content and timing of political speech during campaign season. Certainly, they are speech suppression on different scales – but in both instances, they restrict the common citizen\’s ability to criticize the actions of their government. Neither case should be acceptable in a free society.