UnAmerican

To the best of my knowledge, I have never called any American “unAmerican.” I have generally thought people who complain of this are making up strawmen.

But life is full of changes. Today I read this:

The White House asked YouTube on Tuesday to review an anti-Muslim film posted to the site that has been blamed for igniting the violent protests this week in the Middle East.

Tommy Vietor, spokesman for the National Security Council, said the White House has “reached out to YouTube to call the video to their attention and ask them to review whether it violates their terms of use.”

However, the video remained on the site as of Friday afternoon, and it is posted many other places on the Internet.

This activity is unAmerican. It is a direct assault on the First Amendment, because the White House finds it easier to censor American speech than defend it from terrorists.

Those individuals who authorized or participated in this are unAmerican.

It is important that they be removed from office.

I am not talking here of President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton, or others. It seems deeply improbable that either of them would be stupid or evil enough to authorize this. Evil tends to be to banal to directly be the result of great men (or women).

Rather, I am talking of the individual who “reached out to YouTube to call the video to their attention and ask them to review whether it violates their terms of use.,” in the words of Tom Vietor.

That individual or those individuals should be removed from office.

The Constitutional form of government would face less harm if the unknown person or person who engaged in this act are removed from office by means of violence (assassination, bombing, intimidation, or otherwise), than if they were allowed to stay.

Thank God that Google stood up to the White House:

Messages to YouTube, and Google, which owns the site, were not immediately returned Friday. On Wednesday, a YouTube spokesperson said the video “is clearly within our guidelines and so will stay on YouTube.”

Google, of course, is a private company. What they do with the video should be their concern.

But for an Administration flunky to try to remove speech because it is politically troublesome is un American. That flunky must be removed.