Majority Of Americans Support 1st Amendment, Are Against Prosecuting Climate Skeptics

This also gives us a good idea as to what percent approve of using the government to prosecute Wrongthink

(Rasmussen) Attorneys general in 15 states are attempting to prosecute corporations and individuals that they believe are misleading the public about global warming. Their action which critics claim is a violation of freedom of speech has prompted a congressional investigation. Most voters continue to believe the scientific debate about global warming is not over and oppose government action against those who question it.

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A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 69% of Likely U.S. Voters oppose the government investigating and prosecuting scientists and others including major corporations who question global warming. Just 15% favor such investigations, while just as many (16%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

So, 15% want to explicitly violate the 1st Amendment. I’m 100% confident that we know which political ideology they represent. Another 16% are mushy headed about this whole Freedom of Speech thing.

Meanwhile, we’re learning a bit more about the targeting scheme of Democrat Party attorney generals

(Washington Times) When New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman invited other Democrats to join his effort to pursue climate change skeptics, he was interested in more than bringing lawbreakers to justice.

A letter obtained by E&E Legal Institute and released Tuesday indicates Mr. Schneiderman was also interested in advancing the Obama administration’s climate-change agenda, including the Clean Power Plan and the Paris climate accord.

“The commitments of the United States and other nations at last year’s Paris climate change conference are very significant steps forward, but states must still play a critical role in ensuring that the promises made in Paris become reality,” Mr. Schneiderman said in a March 7 letter.

The letter offers fresh evidence that the Democratic-led coalition of 17 attorneys general was aimed at burnishing President Obama’s climate legacy as opposed to ferreting out wrongdoing in the form of climate change “fraud,” according to the institute.

“It is unprecedented to have the top state law enforcement officers waging a political war on behalf of the president at the cost of the First Amendment protections they are charged with upholding,” E&E senior legal fellow Chris Horner said in a statement.

“This letter lays bare that the purpose of their investigations was to launch a political campaign to silence critics of the Administration,” Mr. Horner said.

What Democrats are counting on is that Republicans would never retaliate in the same manner. And, they’re correct: most Republicans have ethics, morals, and an adherence to the Constitution, and would never do this. If any did, the Credentialed Media would be in full blown apoplexy, with claims of fascism and totalitarianism abounding.

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