Punishment for WikiLeaks

Punishment for WikiLeaks
by
David Schlecht

What happens in China when someone says something the government doesn’t like? What happens in China when a news outlet publishes something the government doesn’t like? They get sent to prison (or worse). What happens in America when WikiLeaks publishes something the government doesn’t like? Should we do what China does? If you’re a conservative, chances are you will say yes, we need to be as bad as China. (If you’re a conservative and you disagree, please let me know. Leave a comment.)

What do you think our forefathers would have said? I’ll tell you. They made it part of the US Constitution. The very first amendment:

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; …

That seems pretty obvious, doesn’t it? Our founding fathers knew how important it is to have a press that is free to expose wrongdoing and downright stupidity and ineptness in our government.

America needs WikiLeaks. Anyone who thinks they should be punished has no clue what our founding fathers intended when they created this country. They are against what America stands for.

Yes, the courts have, in my opinion, incorrectly and illegally weakened this amendment without changing the constitution. If they have their way, they will continue to weaken it further and further until we have no freedom of the press left. Without freedom of the press like WikiLeaks, our freedom is doomed. Stand up for freedom, stand up for America, stand up for freedom of the press, and stand up for WikiLeaks.