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More anti-anti-Census nonsense: Bill Press calls for Erick Erickson’s arrest

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By Michelle Malkin  •  April 8, 2010 11:20 AM

Lib-talker Bill Press is not only a liar. He’s a silly harridan. And he proves the point I’ve been making since last year about the Left’s criminalization of dissent over the census.

First, Press grossly distorts what Erick Erickson of RedState said about the census. Via Human Events:

At Tuesday’s White House press briefing, Bill Press, a former California Democratic Party chairman as well as a former CNN contributor who no longer works for the network, said, “Erick Erickson’s a commentator for CNN. A couple of days ago, he said he was not going to fill out his census form and if a census worker came to the door, he said he would quote ‘pull out my wife’s shotgun and see how that little twerp likes being scared at the door.’”

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, under the delusion that Bill Press was telling the truth, replied, “It should concern CNN, if — probably first and foremost. It probably concerns his wife as well.”

Here’s the real story: Last Thursday, filling in on a local radio station in Georgia, Erickson launched into a ten minute defense of filling out the census, delving into its impact at the local level, and ridiculing those who claim the information requested by the census is unconstitutional. You can listen to the audio here. It is quite clear that Erickson strongly urges his listeners to complete the census. No one who listened to Erickson’s broadcast could have concluded otherwise.

Among the choice bits, Erickson said, “It’s a constitutional obligation. How can a 21st Century society function without knowing how many people are actually living in the country, legally versus illegally for that matter? What’s the harm with filling out the census? The Constitution — for those of you who say I’m not filling out the census — it’s in the freaking Constitution. You got to fill out your census.”

About nine minutes into his radio monologue, Erickson switched gears and began to discuss the American Community Survey (ACS), a survey carried out by the Commerce Department’s Census Bureau. Many conservatives say the ACS is an overreach of the Commerce Department’s authority to conduct the census. Among other things, this survey, which is not the census, requires individuals to tell the government details about their finances, whether they have a flush toilet in their home, their commute to work, and other matters in a clear invasion of privacy.

Erickson went on to say: “What gives the Commerce Department the right to ask me how often I flush my toilet? Or about going to work? I’m not filling out this form. I dare them to try and come throw me in jail. I dare them to. Pull out my wife’s shotgun and see how that little ACS twerp likes being scared at the door. They’re not going on my property. They can’t do that. They don’t have the legal right, and yet they’re trying.” He later clarified repeatedly “both that he never said he would shoot the ACS surveyor, commenting that only an anti-gun urban liberal would confuse ‘scared’ with ‘shoot,’ and that, as he said but the left chose to ignore, the scenario only played out if the ‘ACS twerp’ tried to ‘throw [him] in jail,” according to Human Events.

No matter. Press is now calling for Erickson’s arrest:

Why is Mr. Erickson still at large? He is as dangerous as any member of any armed militia who threatens the life of federal agents….

Two things to remember: One, the census is no threat to anybody, and it IS required by the U.S. Constitution.

Two, I’m all for freedom of speech, but threats to assassinate government officials is not protected by the First Amendment.

Lock Erick Erickson up – and throw the key away.

Two things to remember:

One, Erickson doesn’t oppose the census, never said it was a “threat to anybody,” and pointed out himself that it’s a “constitutional obligation.”

Two, Erickson never threatened to “assassinate” anyone.

But the bitter Press is rushing to play judge, jury, and jail warden to smear Erickson — and bully conservatives who dare to say anything negative about the Obama administration’s politicitzied, profligate enumeration methods and Census Bureau initiatives.

Oh, and you needn’t hold your breath for selective ACLU free-speech absolutists to call him out.

Criticizing the feds’ increasing invasions of privacy is not a crime.

Lucky for Bill Press, neither is rank buffoonery.

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Funny. I went back and couldn’t find a single time when Press criticized the actual assassination chic of the Bush years. But that’s just how the Left’s selective civility police have always rolled…

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