Monday, June 28, 2010

Free Press and the Left Have Had At Least 30 ‘Behind Closed Door’ ‘Sellout’ Meetings with the FCC since January

Free Press and the Left Have Had At Least 30 ‘Behind Closed Door’ ‘Sellout’ Meetings with the FCC since January

There is no doubt that the FCC, led by radical leftist Julius Genachowski, plans an assault on all free speech that conflicts with their own world view. The proposed law to control unfavorable political speech by imposing extensive reporting requirements is key to the strategy of Barack Obama and will go hand-in-hand with the DISCLOSE Act that narrowly passed the House and is now before the Senate. DISCLOSE can only be described as a law by which the Neo-Lib Democrats plan to issue permits for political free speech to their own supporters (the Unions which are exempt from the Act) while regulating free political speech through comprehensive arcane and odious reporting requirements by small businesses and other groups less likely to support the Neo-Lib Democrat agenda. In other words, you can still say it but you had better have detailed data on hand going back over 5 years because you'll have to report it all to the government or be subject to fines. Can anyone say censorship?

What is disturbing to me, and to a great many on the radical left (I must admit it is an odd feeling to be partially aligned with those whose political position I abhor), is that a last minute add-on lumped the National Rifle Administration in with the Unions thus giving the NRA a free pass on political speech as well. The bill is being driven by the ultra-left of the Neo-Lib Democrats and I can't imagine any Democrat who wants to be re-elected wanting to support such a blatantly unconstitutional bill especially as it is crafted so that it will only affect one election–the next one–because it is sure to be declared unconstitutional by the 2012 election cycle. As a Life Member of the NRA I am appalled that the organization would willingly participate in a move that clearly puts politics over principle. The NRA has said many times that the 1st and 2nd Amendments are inextricably entwined so their willing participation in an assault on the 1st Amendment is troubling, to say the least.

Unless, of course, their presence there is an excuse for Neo-Lib Senate Democrats to vote no on a bill that will wreck their careers if they vote "Yea." Could there have been a behind the scenes deal worked out? Possibly. But the NRA has lost some of my respect if it was involved in such a shenanigan and it is clear that the NRA membership needs to start watching who they vote for during the annual election cycle. You can be sure I shall.

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