Wednesday, October 03, 2007

It's a very dangerous day in America...

...when the local, state, and federal government begins slowly but surely etching away at free speech. It's happening all over, most of the time you don't even hear about it. Recently two cases come to mind....

A few months ago, hordes of immigrants or so-called immigrants marched in front of the station where Michael Savage broadcasts his radio program. San Francisco Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval and others demanded that Michael Savage be taken off the air. Meanwhile the Board of Supervisors attempted to adopt a resolution condemning talk show host Michael Savage because of his alleged anti-immigrant remarks. And believe me they are ALLEGED only because there's NO basis to the claims. What he said was NOT anti-immigrant, it wasn't even inflammatory. I heard the remarks live and I know that for a fact. Only ONE person on the Board of Supervisors prevented the resolution from being passed, that's Ed Jew, a third generation American, whose father emigrated here some 70 years ago to SF and opened a flower shop. Mr. Ed Jew is a hardworking American and contributor to his community.

Recently Mr. Jew was pulled from his position by the mayor of San Francisco (for alleged fraud-what really happened is that Mr. Jew took some leave time to be with his wife who had breast cancer and a double mastectomy and they stayed at his mother in law's house just south of the city while she recovered--meaning he was living out of district while in office) and with no dissent, the Board again put the vote on the table and this time it was unanimous--the condeming of Michael Savage was done. Gerardo Sandoval in his position as Supervisor with the assistance and backing of the city and the mayor, officially succeeded in condemning a citizen's right to free speech.

Yesterday, over 50 Democrat senators signed a letter to Clear Channel demanding that Rush Limbaugh's "phony soldier" comments be repudiated. I'm not going to go into his comments here but I heard them, I've read them, you canand I know that he was not condemning our troops, he was in fact condemning the phony soldiers like MacBeth who said he was a former soldier, came out against the war, claimed the soldiers were doing all sorts of ghastly things, and then was exposed for the fraud he is--he never even finished bootcamp and was let go.

Not only is our Congress hard at work condemning a man for saying something he never said--calling our anti-war veterans phony soldiers--but they are condemning his free speech. Congress is jumping all over this but still they can't balance a budget, still they can't do something about the asinine overtaxation of the American people, they can't even do anything about illegal immigration.

But they can condemn a man's free speech? They can condemn him for something he didn't even say? They can work to get his show thrown off Voice of America?

No, they're not creating a law infringing upon Limbaugh's right to free speech, but their attempts to get him

Even Hillary Clinton is in on it. She said recently gave a speech to the YearlyKos convention in Chicago mentioning the blogosphere:

"We are certainly better prepared and more focused on, you know, taking our arguments, and making them effective, and disseminating them widely, and really putting together a network, uh, in the blogosphere, in a lot of the new progressive infrastructure, institutions that I helped to start and support like Media Matters and Center for American Progress."

And so it's no surprise that Media Matters, started by Hillary and funded by George Soros is behind the attack on Rush Limbaugh.

Whether you like Savage or Limbaugh isn't the issue. The real issue, the only issue here is our government officials attempts to silence free speech. That's all there is to it folks.

You may not like conservative talk radio--or independent or liberal talk radio for that matter but if you want to keep your own free speech, you need to protect the free speech of others, especially those who disagree with your views. You can't possibly in good conscience think it's ok for the government---at any level---to spend ONE minute of time condemning ANY American citizen's right to free speech.

If you do, you don't belong in this country.

No comments:

Post a Comment