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Stopping Further Assaults on Freedom of Speech June 29, 2007

Posted by Daniel Downs in culture war, First Amendment, Freedom of Speech, liberalism, news, politics, tyranny.

Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media has been warning listening Americans about the attempts of the political left to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine. In January, Kincaid wrote about the legislative attempts by Democrats. Democrats and other liberals are angered by the fact that the general public actually listens to conservative talk radio. Liberals have tried to produce competitive radio programming, but in a free market their pundits and stations went bankrupt. During a Fox News interview, Senator Dianne Feinstein has made recent comments about her consideration of similar legislation, but she is not angry because of liberal failure in the free market. She is angry that conservatives seemed to help defeat the recent Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill. If liberals enforced the rule of law, law enforcement would have ended the problem of illegal aliens long ago. Be that as it may, Kincaid continues to demonstrate that the demise of Imus is only the beginning of Democrats maneuvering to silence dissenting voices. Kincaid sees Elizabeth Edwards’ confrontation with Ann Coulter on NBC as another effort to gain support for reinstating the unfair “Fairness Doctrine.”

Yesterday, Rep. Mike Pence’s amendment to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act of 2008 passed 309 to 115. It was called “An amendment to prohibit the use of funds to be used by the Federal Communications Commission to implement the Fairness Doctrine, as repealed in General Fairness Doctrine Obligations of Broadcast Licensees or any other regulations having the same substances.” Like Kincaid, the Indiana representative believes it is still possible for a liberal President to appoint a liberal majority to the FCC who could reinstate the Fairness Doctrine. That is why Rep. Pence introduced H.R. 2905 entitled “Broadcaster Freedom Act of 2007.” The purpose of the bill is “to prevent the Federal Communications Commission from repromulgating the fairness doctrine.” If the number of co-sponsors is any indication of a bill becoming law, this bill would be destined to make liberal suppression of dissent on radio impossible. Pence’s bill was introduced with 111 co-sponsors. Unfortunately, the number of co-sponsors does not guarantee passage of any bill.

The passage of the “Broadcaster Freedom Act” is as important as ending current hate speech laws. The passage of hate speech laws was a direct frontal attack on every American’s freedom of speech rights. Hate speech law is a denial of our right to say immoral behavior is evil and should be prohibited by law. Not passing Pence’s bill will eventually allow liberals to accomplish their goal, which is the further suppression of dissent and criticism of their policies and the practices of their supporters by people using broadcast media.

The outspoken vigilance of citizens and voters is the reason laws pass. It is the same sacrifice of time and energy—sometimes sweat and blood—that keeps all Americans free. Thank God for politicians like Rep. Pence, Ron Paul, John Boehner, and the other 109 men and women who support freedom of speech.

I must say I was a little surprised that David Hobson’s name was not on the roster. Maybe he is attempting to keep good rapport with his often seen colleague Nancy Pelosi.

Nevertheless, millions of Americans supporting bills like Broadcaster Freedom Act is the reason liberals fail in their illiberal purposes.

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1. My Internal Dialog by Salvia - June 30, 2007

The fallacy of “Freedom of Speech”.

Here is a question – does freedom of speech truly exist, or is this a fallacy that has been propagated over the years? Mind you, I am not specifically talking about the First Amendment which states:
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