Last Thursday, Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit reported that St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce and St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch were forming an Obama truth squad:

St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce and St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch are threatening to bring libel charges against those who speak out falsely against Barack Obama.

KMOV aired a story last night, that stated that St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch and St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, both Obama supporters, are threatening to bring criminal libel charges against anyone who levels what turns out to be false criticisms of their chosen candidate for President.

Now, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is running this quote from Jennifer Joyce about the OTS:

As a citizen, I believe that elections should be about issues. I also have enormous respect for our First Amendment and freedom of speech. My sole purpose in participating in this initiative is about getting truthful information to the voters. This has never been or never will be about prosecuting people.

Clearly there are those who are attempting to twist the purpose of this initiative for their own benefit. This attack is a great example of how the truth is distorted in campaigns and what we’re trying to stand up against.

Ms. Joyce’s line that she has “enormous respect for our First Amendment” is downright laughable. Anyone threatening criminal prosecution of political speech, regardless of whether it’s accurate or not, is intended to have a chilling effect on free speech. In this scenario, Ms. Joyce and Mr. McColloch determine what is or isn’t false. Considering that they’re Obama partisans, why should we think that they’d objectively examine statements? Isn’t it more likely that they’d subjectively read things into statements that aren’t there?

Secondly, Ms. Joyce and Mr. McColloch are public servants. If they’re going to go after statements against Sen. OBama that they believe are lies, it’s only right that they prosecute people who say untruthful things about Sen. McCain. Why isn’t it just as much their responsibility to go after liberals who tell whoppers? Here’s what Ms. Joyce said in an interview with KMOV-TV:

We want to keep this campaign focused on issues. We don’t want people to get distracted, and Missourians don’t want to get distracted, by divisive character attacks. We’re going to respond to any character attacks to set the record straight.

Here’s what Mr. McCulloch told KMOV-TV:

Whether it is directly attributable to the campaign or whether it’s attributable to one of the soft money operations, if they’re not going to tell the truth, then somebody’s gotta step up and say ‘Wait a minute. That’s not the truth. This is the truth.’

Reporter John Mills followed those quotes with this information:

Now the Obama campaign tells News 4 that others, prosecutors and sheriffs, are also part of the team, including some prosecutors from the Kansas City are and rural parts of Missouri. We were also told to expect Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyd to be part of the team.

I refuse to believe that these partisans will be the least bit objective in determining what’s truth or what isn’t. I don’t think that that’s what this is about anyway. It’s my belief that the purpose behind the Truth Squad operation is to tell people that they’ll have an criminal arrest on their record if they speak out against their preferred candidate.

Obama’s tactics go well beyond the norm. Most campaigns have war rooms to refute what they think are the other campaign’s distortions of their record. By bringing law enforcement into this, the Obama campaign is telling people that they’ll be subject to criminal prosecution if they say something they disagree with. That’s the type of tactic that I’d expect from the KGB or other dictatorial thug organization.

That isn’t the way the United States does things. In the United States, we don’t threaten people with whom we disagree with prosecution. It’s time for the Obama campaign to end this thuggish response. It’s time that they proved that they won’t use any available resource to annihilate their political opponents.

It’s impossible to believe in hope and change with a boot pressing down against your throat.

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3 Responses to “Missouri Brownshirts For Obama”

  • The assertion that Bob McCulloch and Jennifer Joyce would bring criminal libel charges against Barack Obama’s opponents was made by the reporter, John Mills, without quoting either of them. Mills subsequently clarified the report.

    Of course, there should be no debate that McCulloch and Joyce, being prosecutors, should avoid the appearance of using their police powers to support a political campaign.

  • Walter hanson says:

    The Problem Gary is that these Democrats think the first amendment allows them to trash the country and Republicans. They think the first amendment doesn’t give people the right to criticize them.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • Gary Gross says:

    The First Amendment DOES ALLOWDemocrats to trash the country & Republicans. It also allows us to reciprocate.

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