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Thursday, January 27, 2005

Progressives love the Argument from Intimidation

Again, the liberal elite attempt to intimidate the free discussion of views
that oppose them:

"FOX Like Hitler?

CNN founder Ted Turner is comparing FOX News Channel to Adolph Hitler, insisting that while FOX News may be popular, Adolph Hitler was also popular when he came to power 'was elected to power just before World War II'.

Speaking to the National Association of Television Program Executives earlier to day, Turner also accused FOX News of being the Bush administration's propaganda tool. Insisting, "it's certainly legal. But it does pose problems for our democracy. Particularly when the news is dumbed down."

A FOX News spokesperson says, "Ted Turner is understandably bitter having lost his ratings, his network and now his mind. We wish him well."

Amen, Fox.

In one quote Turner says that Fox and its viewers are Nazis. Way to go, Ted. That kind of high-brow thinking will get you a gold medal in Philosophy 101 - but only at Harvard. It will get you flunked out of any other institution of higher learning, including Thomas Jefferson Elementary school in Mt. Vernon, IL.

For the philosophically uninitiated: What Ted Turner did here is called "argument from intimidation" - asserting that believing or arguing for a certain idea indicates immorality, in an attempt to intimidate a person into renouncing the idea without discussion.

Nobody wants to be seen as supporting something horrible - such as Nazis - so if you associate your opponents' arguments with the Nazis.. well you get the point.

One of my favorite authors has this to say about Ted's argument from intimidation:
"The Argument from Intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence."
Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness, 1964
That seems to fit Ted pretty well.

Well, we know that Ted is the propaganda tool of the liberate elite - including his traitor wife, Hanoi Jane. Ted went to Cuba to make friends with the murderous tyrant Fidel Castro. He's giving $1B to the UN, the organization whose sole functions are to bash the United States, and to provide a forum for bloody dictators to feel important. Ted, we know what side you're on - and it's not the side of freedom and liberty. Ted wants us to think he is a good guy and by comparison to Fox, surely you can see that his CNN is not biased! Har de har har.

In my experiencethe news outlets with the most balanced, fact-based reporting are:

#1: Christian Science Monitor
#2: Fox News

News outlets with obvious socialist bias in terms of stories chosen, and loaded
words used:

#1: NPR
#2: CNN
#3: CBS

Anyone who is serious about keeping up with the news simply must read the Christian Science Monitor. Their work is in-depth, not written to the level of morons, and presents balanced (i.e., inclusive of alternate viewpoints in contentious issues) reporting. (Of course, the Christian Scientists are somewhat kooky, but they make a great paper nonetheless).

Monday, January 24, 2005

The Left is Racist

"California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer pursued a curious line of attack during Condoleezza Rice's confirmation hearing this week. Rice, one of the principal architects of the administration's Iraq policy, was clearly vulnerable to charges of helping produce a misguided, if not misleading, rationale for the Iraqi invasion, as well as poor postwar planning. Saddam Hussein clearly was not the threat Rice had proclaimed. Her paper trail of misstatements virtually invited a congressional attack on her record. But Boxer, rather than sticking to Rice's performance as national security adviser and her qualifications to direct U.S. foreign policy, chose instead to gratuitously characterize her as a Bush loyalist who was blindly parroting pro-Iraqi war lines without regard for whether they were true."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A27818-2005Jan21.html

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Mr. King, the Left viciously attacks and slanders any black person who does
not toe the "Progressive" party line - which is that all problems
suffered by black people are the result of oppression by whites.

Dems / Progs take the "black vote" so much for granted, that they respond
to differing views from "people of color" by treating that person with vicious
disrespect, as if they were an "uppity nigger". The amount of disrespect shown
to successful, famous, intelligent black people -- who happen to be conservative
or disagree with the Progressive party line in any way --
is demeaning to all humanity, and particularly, is a direct assault on the
values the "Progressives" claim they stand for.

As long as blacks do as they're told and vote for so-called "Progressives"
and continue to toe the party line and not voice dissent against the Left's
Socialist and racist policies, then everything's fine. But the moment
one of them steps forward and says, "Hey, wait a minute!", watch out.

Of course, the values that "Progressives" stand for are not freedom for all; but
government power. Power for "Progressives", they mean.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

The Left does NOT Stand for Free Speech


From www.moveon.org/front/ 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, MoveOn.org 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 MoveOn.org 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. moveon.org'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.