Skip to main content

The Left does NOT Stand for Free Speech

From on January 20, 2005:

Keep Sinclair's Bias Off The Local News

Every night, Sinclair Broadcasting vice president Mark Hyman gives a conservative rant - called "The Point" - which most of Sinclair's 62 stations are required to air during their local news. "The Point" predictably attacks Democrats and progressives while praising George Bush. No counterpoint is offered. Our friends at Media Matters for America are spearheading a campaign to demand balance on Sinclair's evening news by telling Sinclair's advertisers about the partisanship they're supporting.

Contact Sinclair's local and national advertisers.

Of course, says nothing about stopping the New York Times from continuing its massively slanted editorials. They don't want to stop THAT news outlet from editorializing, only because happens to agree with the NYT socialist slant.

The fact that MoveOn uses the word "Rant" to discuss a conservative point of view is also telling. See, only "progressives" are enlightened, intelligent, and rational. Anyone who disagrees with them is a nutjob that is foaming at the mouth and must be stopped to protect Democracy!

Sinclair Broadcasting owns their stations, and they have the right, as does any other media outlet, to have an editorial agenda.

The truly frightening thing, though, is that Progressives and Democrats in the Senate attempted to use government power to stop Sinclair from airing a program critical of John Kerry.

The Founders put protection for free speech in the Constitution *specifically* to ensure that the government couldn't quash the fundamental right of a free people to hold, discuss, and promulgate ideas that might not be politically popular.

Yet the Progressives are trying to use the power of the government, through the FCC, through petitions to Congress, and other means, in an attempt to prevent the owners of Sinclair Broadcasting from having their say.

Remember, so-called Progressives are the inheritors of fascism and socialism, the political philosophies that said that the government should control the minute details of people's lives, and that elites in government should control what people see and hear in order to preserve the power of the state.

Sinclair Broadcasting's editorials are a vigorous exercise of free speech.'s attempt to silence Sinclair is an ominous attempt to resurrect fascism and socialism in America, to use the power of government force to silence opposing viewpoints.

Fortunately, at the FCC reason prevailed, and they rightly surmised that to act against Sinclair would be a gross violation of the First Amendment. It's strange that the Democrat Senators who were pushing for FCC action against Sinclair, were too blinded by ideology to be bothered to re-read the First Amendment.

"Conservative" is not a derogatory label, if what you are trying to conserve is individual freedom and liberty.


Popular posts from this blog

Murder in the US

In 2011, I calculate the overall US murder rate as 4.6 per 100,000 population.

But if you recalculate this, and assumed that black men murdered at the same rate as everyone else, the overall rate would drop to 1.9 out of 100,000 population. That would give the United States the 147th highest murder rate in the world - or, the 60th best.

The insane disproportionate murder rate among US blacks is why the overall US murder rate seems so high.

I don't understand why liberals refuse to talk about this. I don't understand why blacks refuse to talk about this. Blacks are just as often the victim as the offender - almost SIXTY PERCENT of murder victims in the US are black. Shouldn't they care about this? Where are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to talk about this? Yet they are silent.

And it's not like this is any secret. This culture of violence, abuse of women, and plain thuggery is paraded around daily in pop music. It's glorified on TV shows like "The Wire…

The Root of Violent Extremism

We are too flippant about writing off violent extremists as "crazy", "psychopathic", etc.

Just because *we* have a hard time conceiving of doing violence to others, does not mean that those who do are insane.

Hitler was not insane. Hitler was evil. There is a distinction.

To be insane, to be "crazy", means you cannot understand the difference between right and wrong.

People like Hitler, like ISIS, these people are *evil*. They have, in what they believe to be a rational process, *chosen* to embrace a death-worshipping morality.

Such thinking is going to lead us down wrong alleys in dealing with violent political extremism.

Unless we understand the various reasons why such people embrace philosophies of death, we cannot combat the root causes and defeat violent extremism.

Obama's "they need jobs" is a juvenile approach at this. But you simply cannot ignore and dismiss the reality of life in the countries that are the flash-points of extremism…

Is Government "just the name we give to things we do together"?

"Government is just the name we give to the things we do together." Well, no. This is a truly deceptive statement. Because look here, there are many, many human institutions where people get together to do things. Churches.
Families. And these all have their own unique characteristics. If government was simply a variety of these, or vice-versa, why would we bother to have a unique word for it? If government were *merely* a charity, wouldn't we just call it a charity? What is it about government then that makes it unique? I'll tell you. It's the use of force. Government is the sole human institution that legitimately exercises physical force against others. Churches don't commit violence. Corporations don't use physical coercion to get you to buy their products or to work for them. Families don't (shouldn't) do that. BECAUSE government's essence is the use of force, government simply should not do many things, eve…