But we have to look no further than 118th & Miracle Hills Drive in Omaha to see a Nebraska Senator strong-arming those who wish to exercise their First Amendment Rights.
Members of the Americans for Prosperity - Nebraska had protested along 78th & Pacific Street a number of times, generally against the Health Care re-form bill. You may have seen them (or some of the other groups set up there).
Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson's office is there, you see.
They hold signs. Wave at passing cars. Ask you to honk.
They're on the curb, and not in anyone's way.
Well, recently Senator Nelson picked up sticks and moved out to 118th and Miracle Hills Dr. It's a ways back from anything, and frankly, they're not getting much drive-by traffic.
But AFP chose to move their protest in front of that office anyway. Well, until The Man came down on them, that is.
Seems SOMEONE called the local towing company, and requested the protesters' cars be towed. Facing the impound lot prospect, the lovers of freedom moved on. (Could have sworn that those parking spaces were paid for with taxpayer funds...)
Since we know how much the Dems love to protest, we're sure they will be outraged by this act and will leap to AFP's defense.
(Leap. Right outta your chair. Go ahead. Come on now...)
Senator Nelson recently issued a press release that he is shocked (shocked!) that politics are intruding on the people's business on Capitol Hill. ("Your Cornhusker Kickback, sir.")
Who could imagine such a thing happening.
This is Nelson who facilitated the current Health Care bill, based upon a bribe to Nebraska.
This is Nelson who yesterday said he couldn't vote for the Reconciliation Bill, because it was too expensive and changed student lending laws. (Wait...what...student loans...health care bill...screwing who...?)
Of course, Nelson's vote doesn't make a bit of difference here since reconciliation only takes a 50 vote majority. Think he'd be on the other side if it made a difference?
As the Wall Street Journal says today in their scathing editorial against Nelson:
"...hold a special place in your memory for Mr. Nelson, without whom none of this would be possible."(And heck, even the NEGOP's Mark Fahleson points to the Daily Kos's smackdown of Nellie.)
And lest we forget, let us please put State Senator and Congressional candidate Tom White on record for the Health Care re-form bill:
- Two thumbs-up!
- Nodding head vigorously!
We're not positive, but this maybe, possibly, could be an issue come November...