Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Obama's Thought Police Are Coming

A communist dictator sinks an allied ship, Islamic fanatics build nuclear bombs while threatening to annihilate our closest ally in the Middle East, and hostile socialist dictators in South and Central America flourish. As I previously analyzed in detail, America's enemies are swarming and attacking with impunity, filling the relativist vacuum generated by Obama's ideology of appeasement and anti-American apologism. However, lest you think Obama incapable of leading a military campaign, consider that Obama stands at the vanguard of at least one inauspicious police force - the thought police.

In a recent
post, I analyzed the Obama administration's nascent war on freedom of speech saying:
When you hear [Cass] Sunstein, the POTUS, or anyone on the left call for fairness, level playing fields, obligations of citizenship, or "pressures on our democracy" emanating from the free exchange of ideas, keep in mind the image of an armed mob holding hands with university professors, lawyers, and the police ready to put you in jail or a hospital if you say the wrong thing as defined by them.
According to this report, groups of brownshirt wannabes are now coalescing around the administration's fascist ideology.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is being urged to monitor "hate speech" on talk radio and cable broadcast networks.

A coalition of more than 30 organizations argue in a
letter to the FCC that the Internet has made it harder for the public to separate the facts from bigotry masquerading as news.
And just who will determine what is "hate speech" on the internet and who is a legitimate "journalist"? For example, is my opposition to hate speech codes a form of hate speech? Gus Van Horn reports on a recent FTC working paper ominously titled, "Federal Trade Commission Staff Discussion Draft: Potential Policy Recommendations to Support the Reinvention of Journalism." He quotes a journalist who urges other journalists to "wake up" saying:
[One] cannot deny is what is clearly written in the FTC document and what it reveals about the intention behind the initiative, which is to transform the news industry from an information product collected by private individuals and entrepreneurs as a service to private buyers, to a government-regulated public utility providing a "public good," as defined and regulated by government.
The obscure rantings of left wing professors like Cass Sunstein are being brought to life. Journalists wake up, indeed!

3 comments:

Shane Atwell said...

thanks for the heads-up.

Mike Zemack said...

This is chilling but not surprising.

As government power grows, the disintegration of free speech rights necessarily follows. Statists must ultimately move to protect their turf. It’s a well-worn path we’re moving along. They are cashing in on the logical sequence driven by the force of principle and precedent that started with the 1927 Republican creation of the FCC.

Doug Reich said...

Mike,

Yes, indeed and thanks for the comment.

I think what is interesting here is that the left seems to have found some traction in the campaign finance and hate speech area. In other words, these issues are vehicles that can serve their anti-free speech cause with some surface plausibility. "Who would ever object to hate speech laws?" and "We have to keep big money and the special interests out of politics" are claims that seem credible with the public.

Of course, in principle, these set precedents for more sweeping violations, e.g., soon they will define what hate speech actually means and we'll find out that the definition of hate speech is any criticism of religion or of the Democratic party. In Canada, McLeans was sued for criticising Islam and Coulter was threatened by THE UNIVERSITY to watch what she said.

This is coming if we don't stop it.