Fairness Doctrine is NOT a “Leftwing” Idea!

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I think that in the end Obama will make G.W. look like the best thing since sliced bread BUT, I remember when talk radio was a place where you could LEARN about things and THINK about them, not just gulp down some predigested, group-thunked, sheeple fodder from BOTH sides!

Keeping media free and objective is one of the MOST important ways we can protect our entire society, on both sides!

And while we are at it let’s go back and beef up the media ownership rules!
NO individual or corporate entity should be allowed to own more than ONE outlet of each media type in any one locale.

The only folks who do NOT support that idea are the very ones who seek to under abuse">abuse the concept and impose their mindset on the masses merely by buying enough "airtime" to drown out other voices!

The lure of ego: Who is the leader of the Republican Party?

What in the world has the Republican party become? today on the news sites I see one story repeated over and over as though it is as normal as sunshine in Los Angeles.

It seems Rush Limbaugh, the well known comedian and self-ordained spiritual leader of all that is truly American has been persuaded to forgive the (elected only due to the will of his party rather than his stunning intellect and wisdom a la Rush{tm}) chairman of the Republican party for daring to speak of the the Sacred Rushness in less than glowing terms.

After several groveling apologies that amounted to saying that his thoughts were not his own and he spoke differently than he believed the Mighty Rush is now “All Good” with the contrite elected official.

Now that this pesky politician has been banished to the back rooms to make deals in private to further Almighty Rush’s goals (Complete humiliation for the American people under the Obama administration so they will finally listen to HIM) the country can go back to the patriotic task of shutting down their minds and dittoing the thoughts of Our Master and Living God of Anal Hypocrisy, Herr Fuhrer in His Own Mind, Limbaugh the Infallible.

If any of this strikes the reader as a touch sarcastic then I will gladly plead guilty. How is it that an explosion of indignity has not overwhelmed the “conservative” audience of Mr. Limbaugh? Limbaugh has never had to run anything, his job is to entertainingly complain about things he has no clue how to accomplish himself. He can freely ask this pol or that why they don’t “just do this” or “just do that” without ever having DONE any such thing. As far as I can see about the only thing the Most Holy Limbaugh has accomplished for his party was to cripple McCain’s campaign. And why did Rush do this? For the same reason he has snapped the chain of his audience at the leader of his party. Ego. Specifically the Ego belonging to a man named Rush Limbaugh. McCain was not the man Limbaugh had anointed and therefore Limbaugh refused to close ranks other than symbolically in order to deny this hated deviant the election. Why was Steele taken up with such rage and vigor by Limbaugh? He said, lets see, here is the quote from the CNN article this morning:

“Steele’s original remarks came from an interview on CNN’s “D.L. Hughley Breaks the News,” which was taped Thursday and aired Saturday. They came as Democrats, including White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, have tried to paint Limbaugh — who has said he wants to see the Obama administration “fail” — as the effective head of the opposition party.

Steele rejected the idea, saying, “I’m the de facto leader of the Republican Party.”

“Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer. Rush Limbaugh’s whole thing is entertainment,” Steele told CNN. “Yes, it is incendiary. Yes, it is ugly.” ”

Here we have it in black and white, Steele dared to deny that a paid entertainer, a media whore, a talking head elected by no one but himself is not the TRUE head of the party. All you so called “republicans” out there ask yourself something. By the way Steele jumped to heel, isn’t he right? Hasn’t the Republican party, in it’s lust for the warmth of group think allowed an ego of Hitlerian, nay Stalinesque proportions to hijack the ideology of a democratic institution?

In Rush’s mind he was never guilty of the sin of “illegal drug use” because his lawyers prevented him from being convicted. His decades of opposition to even the CONCEPT of rehabilitation for drug users rendered his own doctor shopping and elephantine oxycontin habit the depths of hypocrisy given that he has never moderated his stance since his own outing as a pill popping druggie.

If Master Rush had gone public after his own ordeal and admitted that treatment and support were the key, not persecution and jail he could look in the mirror and call himself an honest man. Sadly, that is not the case. Rush’s titanic ego was unable to admit that he had erred in either public policy or private “mistakes”.

I have an idea, let us have a dedicated conservative town somewhere in America volunteer to allow Their Holy Father to be their mayor for one year. I would even go so far as to allow him to alter the very constitution of America in this one little town of volunteers. After the year is done we will send in the national guard and expose the Hitlerian nightmare that will have resulted. That is assuming the townspeople do not revolt and lynch him before the year is up once they realize the Jim Jones quality of Master Rush’s ego.

Any party that allows a comedian to declare himself it’s titular head and PROVE IT should quietly disband and fade into the dustbin of history.

Maybe the Libertarians can have a go at being the 2nd party. God knows that the Republicans days are numbered. And don’t think I see this as a good thing. Without a strong, REAL conservative voice in government we are just as screwed as a nation as if we had no Liberals at all. Anyway you look at things the Rush Phenomena is NOT a good thing for America.

And as a final note, Mr. Limbaugh’s famous attitude that he would rather see America fail than succeed under leadership with which he disagrees is surely as close to treason free speach can get. Can the Repulicans who flock to his show connect the dots on that attitude? IT means Rush would rather see economic collapse, chaos, starvation, riots and civil war than have a leader he disagees with be right. OR even have A right solution for a situation that might admit to more than one solution. If the solution is not the Rush Solution it must be made to fail.

That is the same crime the Communists and Leftists in the State Department where accused of: wanting to destroy the country in order to impose their own ideology. Rush, Thomas Jefferson would spit in your tea and George Washington would hold the cup for him for your brazen attempt to usurp democracy with the hot air from your….um, lungs!!

How to chose sources

Often when I am perusing various news sources and blogs for items to post and comment upon I will find interesting and pertinent stories posted by online magazines or blogs that, on the whole, do NOT reflect the values I defend and uphold. Yet these sources do often have articles that are neither badly spun nor inaccurate. Should we only accept news items from sources where we agree with the editorial voice of that source? To do so can limit almost to extinction sources of information on some subjects.

Just as the bad behaviour of Mr. McCarthy in the 50’s damaged the voice of Anti-Communism and delayed the recognition of the extent of infiltration if the only voices that speak are not heard due to their known biases.

What do you do when a lot of the stories you are interested in have not been picked up by mainstream media due to their controversial nature? Worldnet Daily is a good example. While a conservative Christian news source they have a number of interesting stories and perspectives. But they also have a strong undercurrent of jingoistic partisanship. Do not expect to see any articles about Obama that Rush Limbaugh would disagree with. But outside of their editorials their reporting tends to be just that, reporting. They simply focus on things the rest of the media ignores. Such as the persecution of Christians that is on the upswing around the Muslim world.

To me the language of the story has a lot to do with how credible I make it out to be. Obviously partisan language will make me reject an otherwise pertinent story. This blog takes no sides in politics beyond preserving the basics of our Western way of life. Freedom of Speech, Press, Religion and equal treatment under the law for everyone.

With all that said I would like to speak about some of the very active and important blogs out there. There are many, from the moderate to the rabidly Rightist. Not all have been successful, not all deserve to be. Some do. The two I would like to chiefly address are Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs. Two that 90% DO but when they don’t it makes my teeth ache.

For a while now I have eagerly followed Robert Spencer’s work. I have for the most part found him to avoid the rabid partisanship we see all over the political spectrum from the Left to the Right. But then with the taking of office of Pres. Obama his tone changed.

Where I see certain actions and words by the administration as being crafted to send a message in terms the RECEIVER of that message I can’t understand why people like Robert Spencer seem to see nothing but dhimmitude. This, to me, is why Amadinijad got so uppity. He understood that Obama was telling him that we would talk but only when IRAN stepped up to the plate properly. What could the Dinner Jacket say to his people then? The Iranian people are not fools. There is a strong undercurrent of modernity festering under the mullah’s hands. They know that the West has legitimate issues with Human right etc. What is the “great Leader” to do? Bluff bigger! Make the IRANIAN conditions for talks so unreasonable as to render them impossible to attain. Obama backed him into a a corner with an unagressive gesture! Now it is IRAN that seem to the world to be the one that will not co-operate.

What bugs me is that great voices like Spencer can’t see that he is playing the same divide to win treason game that he and his friends have accused the Left of playing.
Yes Obama had a Muslim of questionable associations speak at his inauguration but remember this; Obama was not just making a show for Americans, he was making a show for the world. The Muslim he chose to PRAY was a woman! I ask MR. Spencer for one moment to think about how that played to the PEOPLE in Saudi Arabia, in Sudan, in Pakistan. We have seen the Wafa Sultans, Tarek Fatehs. They do exist and there are a lot more that do not speak. There are hearts and minds to be won behind the propaganda curtains.

Yes, I too worry that the Leftists will come out from under their rock and delay further the proper response of the West to our times. But I have been heartened often by the moderate, considered way Obama is moving forward piece by piece. I like a lot of what I have seen and haven’t seen a lot that I can’t stand. I do not subscribe to the Ann Coulter/Rush Limbaugh school of logic that demands that any statement or action by an “opponent” be dissected in the most partisan and negative manner possible.

Lets be frank here, hard-core partisan politics is a sign of mental illness no matter what color you are in the political rainbow. To live life as though one basic way of looking at every problem would solve ALL problems is just crazy. You might as well teach that all problems of geometry, spherical or plane must be solved with…algebra!

Any ideology, especially in the Western world, that can on one hand support a multi-party constitution while on the other hand they spend most of their time trying to give one party a total lock on all exercise of power.

Leaders on the Left and the Right pay lip service to the idea of Democracy but if you judge them by their actions they seem to want nothing more than to disenfranchise all voices in opposition to theirs. This is not limited to Liberal PC fascism. The Righties are just as quick to clamp down with the thought police. They just call the offenses by a different name; unpatriotic, radical, treasonous.

I have to say I find it very hard to refer to or link to an article on Atlas Shrugs. The intelligent and witty style of expose is, in my opinion, massively diluted in effect by the associations Ms. Geller keeps as well as her tendency to veer into completely partisan fugue states. It does her credibility no good among the masses to have a prominent, intriguing link to a site selling a Young Earth Creationist book. To an undecided reader this link alone will likely cause anyone who checks it out to completely ignore anything she has to say about radical Islam as coming from a hopelessly biased source. Added to this the ragingly anti-Obama rhetoric and you have a wonderful site that seems to go out of it’s way to shoot itself in the foot. And all simply to gratify Ms. Geller’s emotional attachment to a single, distinct shade of the political spectrum.

Please do not get me wrong. I admire the energy with which she has pursued a worthy cause. I find her intelligent and witty in extreme and pretty cute to boot. I am sure if we sat down and had a chat we would get along famously as long as we avoided a few subjects. Who knows, in person she might be open to discussion on subjects where she seems unyielding online.

My point is that we are facing a rise of tidal proportions in totalitarian thought. Many diverse voices need to come together to get the message out. But those voices need to be ones that a large percentage of the population are willing to listen to. It would have done no one any good if one week before Pearl Harbor the most virulently racist journal in the nation had reported in detail the Japanese plans.
It becomes important for us to chose which things are most important to us. Which do we value more? Our personal grudges or the freedom to pursue those grudges in the future? The time has come for anyone who wishes to be HEARD in this fight to be aware of the face they present to the general public. This is not about preaching to the choir or gaining speaking fees. At least it is not supposed to be. That is one of the things the opposition accuses ALL anti-Radical Islam voices of being. Shills in it for the money. Tools of the JOOS.

IT is certainly true that you can get more attention faster if you cater to a partisan mindview. The choir always enjoys being preached to. They will pay you to do it. But the unconverted still swarm outside your sanctuary doors! And the barbarians are at the gate.

Robert Spencer has been castigated a number of times for the publishers he uses to get his books out. For the most part I have agreed with his view that it is what is in the books that matters not who publishes them. But lately I find myself changing my mind in regards to him personally. How many bestsellers is it now? To me it would be a major step toward a wider audience if he concisely sought out more mainstream houses for his new books. Surely the hardline conservative publishers are not paying him so much more that he is willing to let millions of moderates and liberals think he is a Ditto-head.

And if they do pay more, so what? Is he in it mainly for patriotic reasons or just to be surrounded by worshipping Republicans?
When blogging on such controversial subjects I feel it is important to make a serious effort to be as objective and moderate as possible. This means not carrying over political grudges and emotional strawmen into a realm that is important to all people everywhere.

I is no skin off my nose if the creators of Atlas Shrugs choose to make money from associating with crazy people (or worse, people who make money off of people they know are crazy) but she has to understand that it makes her look insincere in her desire to actually make a difference. As opposed to making a little difference and stroking her ego a lot. Or worse making a little difference and making a lot of money.

Are we asking ourselves when we write whether what we say reflects the common values or just OUR values? One of our greatest arguments, the source of all out moral highground is that we are promoting the universal values of the West. It does our cause no good to act in a way that subverts the very values we claim to support by speaking in Partisan ways on non-partisan issues.

“If we keep together we shall be safe, and when error is so apparent as to become visible to the majority, they will correct it.” –Thomas Jefferson to Thomas W. Maury, 1816. ME 18:291