Not much of a "slippery slope" here, right?...
Of course, one would think that conservatives would be up in arms about such blatant (and stupid) assaults on at least the spirit of the U.S. Constitution's first amendment. However, fake "conservatives" of the Fox "News", Sarah Palin, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Rep. Peter King, Sen. Joe Lieberman seem to have no such concerns. They'd prefer, it seems, to see censorship of the media and/or the targeting of a man --- even for assassination --- who has been charged with breaking no U.S. laws.
Unfortunately, the new batch of elected officials heading to D.C. in January look to be just as confused about who and what they are supposed to be defending...
For the latest evidence of that, one need look no further than this comment from the "Tea Party"-backed, Palin-endorsed, Republican U.S. Congressman-elect Allen West (FL-22), who said on a Rightwing radio show last week (via ThinkProgress, who also has the audio):
While West's Wikipedia entry notes that he "served in the military in Iraq and was a civilian adviser in Afghanistan," it seems the Congressman-to-be has some confusion about what he was supposed to be defending while on those jobs. Will his imminent swearing-in to the U.S. House of Representatives, where his oath of office, like his oath in the military, will call on him to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic" help remind him of what his roll is supposed to be?
For the record, after being roundly criticized for the comments quoted above, West issued a statement late yesterday saying that he meant "censuring" --- "meaning 'harshly criticized'" --- rather than "censoring". Of course you did, Mr. West.
That said, when you have mainstream, theoretically non-Rightwing, non-crazy cable news outlets like CNN suggesting that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may be a "TERRORIST", how else would you expect actual crazy people, like West, to behave?