The phrase from which comes the title’s acronym is, “first against the wall when the revolution comes,” from Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. It’s a sentiment from some birthers, for example Sharon Rondeau who expressed it in the favorite form of birther writers, the open ended question:
Are the Obots running scared in the wake of possible criminal prosecution?
Chito Papa wrote at Orly’s site:
Obots are getting scared and desperate.
Or consider this stronger comment from Orly’s site from “WILL””:
AS SOON AS OBAMA IS DECLARED THE ILLEGAL PRESIDENT, PROSECUTE HIS MUSLIM ASS FOR TREASONS AND MURDERS OF AMERICANS. . . ALONG WITH TRAITOR PELOSI, TRAITOR REID, TRAITOR HOLDER, TRAITOR FEINSTEIN, TRAITOR WATERHEAD-SHULTZ, TRAITOR BERNANKE, TRAITOR JANET NAPOLITANO, AND THOSE 2 NEW TRAITORS OBAMA JUST APPOINTED. . . .HANG THEM PUBLICLY ON CNN AS AN EXAMPLE TO THE REST OF THE TRAITORS TO LEAVE AMERICA OR DIE.
Again from the Taitz site from Suzanne Sund:
I am praying that you/we will be heard! Obama needs to go! PERIOD! He is evil incarnate! I pray your words will be from God Himself when you stand before the Justices, that they will hear you and look at your evidence and rule that Obama is removed from office along with his entire administration, that they are all arrested for treasonous acts upon our Country & prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law! Thank you for all your hard work and your perseverance in getting justice in the White House and for our Great Country!
I have to shake my head in wonder at remarks like that. When in the history of a country has someone been prosecuted for supporting a public figure, or exercising their First Amendment rights to speak their minds on public policy? It did happen, back in the time of the Alien and Sedition Acts. Folks were charged with criticizing the government. Mr. Callender said of President Adams: “repulsive pedant, a gross hypocrite and an unprincipled oppressor” and was sentenced to 9 months in jail and a $200 fine. If those acts were still on the books, the jails would be full of folks like Rondeau who have said much worse about President Obama.
But it is hard to imagine the political climate in which the Alien and Sedition Acts existed, and how anyone thought they were constitutional. The Acts expired before the Supreme Court (whose review of laws for constitutionality had not yet been established) ruled on any cases. It is generally understood that a court today would rule any similar law unconstitutional.
I have problems with anyone who would advocate that the power of the state should be used to intimidate someone for their point of view.