a hearing held, on November 17, 2010, by the
Senate Commerce subcommittee on communications, technology and the Internet,
chaired by Democrat Senator John Kerry, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) unbelievably
suggested a media death-penalty for FOX News and MSNBC.
short, but very informative video
provides an excellent insight into the heart and mind of a modern, liberal/ progressive
Democrat: Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV).
a short extract from what he said:
"There's a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC
to say to FOX and to MSNBC: 'Out. Off. End. Goodbye.' It would be a big favor
to political discourse; our ability to do our work here in Congress, and to the
American people, to be able to talk with each other and have some faith in
their government and more importantly, in their future."
— Reference (1) at bottom.
makes several things unmistakably clear: 1) He equates FOX News and
MSNBC. 2) He says he doesn’t like either. 3) He believes that the
government (FCC) should force both of these news organizations off the
air. 4) He believes that news agencies such as FOX and MSNBC are spoiling
American political discourse and hampering congress’s ability to do their job.
else can be said about Rockefeller’s faultfinding critique, it is emphatically biased;
and is a shockingly improper suggestion, by a U.S. Senator in a public hearing,
directed against two legal news organizations.
Also, frightening, is Rockefeller’s
adumbrated vision of the FCC as a media
death panel. I’m sure Rockefeller as
well as subcommittee chairman, John Kerry, and multitudes of other
liberal/progressives would be delighted to terminate the existence of MSNBC…if
only…if only…FOX News could just be silenced.
while Rockefeller reveals what he really thinks, what major implication does he
not make clear?
He does not make
it clear that he is advocating a disregard for America’s 1st Amendment freedom
of the press and free speech.
what else is new for liberal/ progressive Democrats?
our Founding Fathers have a crystal ball? No. They were simply
painstakingly familiar, via hard experience at the hands of King George III,
with the mind (thought-process) of tyrants and would-be tyrants.
Founding Fathers adopted the U.S. Constitution with its Bill of Rights for the
express purpose of proscribing to the Federal government the sort of power that
Jay Rockefeller is advocating in the linked-to video.
That proscription is, in fact, the purpose of the 1st Amendment.
is the Amendment that Rockefeller is perfectly willing to selectively ignore:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of
religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom
of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to
assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
—1st Amendment, U.S. Constitution
are those Democrats (including Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hillary
Clinton, and Barack Obama) who believe in “progressing”
beyond the constraints of the Constitution. Yeah, we just have to “progress” beyond that old, obstructing,
stuck-in-the-seventeenth-century document (Constitution) that makes it
unnecessarily difficult for liberal/progressives to enact so-called “rights”
that are not enumerated in the Constitution (enumeration? bah humbug). Modern progressives have not been as
successful, as they wish to be, at progressing-beyond the Constitution via the
route of passing laws in congress, so they have resorted to three other routes:
1) Activists judges who legislate progressive-legality from the bench, 2)
Presidential executive orders, and 3) Federal Agencies.
is unabashedly advocating that the FCC (Federal Communications Commission), an
independent agency created by Congressional statue, ignore the provisions of
the 1st Amendment of the Constitution. And he is a U.S. Senator? What
could be more undermining of our liberty than a U.S. Senator who is willing to
bypass the Constitution? How about a
President? How about members of the
case you haven’t noticed, and I’m sure you probably have, progressives only
defend free speech when it’s their free speech.
They never seem to reflect upon the fact that the really obvious need for the
1st Amendment is that free speech will almost always be offensive to someone who
disagrees. FOX and MSNBC obviously
offend Rockefeller. And oh my, we simply cannot allow anyone in these
politically-correct times to be offended.
mind that Rockefeller and the American people do not have to watch either of
the two networks—they are perfectly free to select others—and those who do
watch, do so voluntarily.
there’s the rub for liberal/progressives: These self-proclaimed “tolerant” liberal/progressives cannot
tolerate any ideas (expressed in speech or writing) with which they do not
agree. And hence they have no faith in voluntary participation by
American citizens. Citizen’s
participation must be controlled—of course by liberal/progressives elites who
always know better than “the great
unwashed middle America” [thank you Katie Couric].
is what has driven the ruthless, political-correctness movement that has
placed, arbitrarily, out-of-bounds so much needed discourse in our
nation. A prime example is the inability to have an ongoing broad, public
debate on numerous protected issues. Example: if someone, publically, mentions any
racism other than white racism, or criticizes Barack Obama, in any way, someone
will promptly play the race-card, i.e., label them a racist. This is not
just convoluted logic, it is degenerate ideology—political-correctness run amok.
to what Senator Rockefeller implies, it is not freedom
of the press and free speechas exercised by FOX and MSNBC that has damaged the political discourse in
America. It is, in fact, totalitarian attempts to suppress free
speech, as seen in political-correctness, and as advocated by
posturing, self-serving elites such as Jay Rockefeller.
founding fathers knew that the freedoms they sought to secure for us would be
forever endangered by the Jay Rockefellers of the world, those smug elites who are
always convinced that they know what’s best for everyone else. That’s why our Founding Fathers bequeathed to
us the Constitution with its invaluable Bill
Franklin is reported to have provided a concise warning at the close of the
Constitutional Convention when he was asked the question “Well, Doctor,
what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”
Franklin’s warning: “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
Rockefeller: FCC Should Take FOX News, MSNBC Off Airwaves