Saturday, August 29, 2009

Welcome to Hypocrisy, the Millennial Edition.

New FCC Associate General Counsel and Chief Diversity Officer Mark Lloyd.

Yes, you read that right……. "Chief Diversity Officer"

A virulently anti-capitalist, racially fixated, exuberantly pro-regulation, and  big fan of the Venezuelan Dictator Hugo Chavez...another hand-picked leftist from the centrist Obama?
And it appears that the First Amendment and free speech are either completely foreign or irrelevant to him.

In his 2006 book entitled "Prologue to a Farce: Communication and Democracy in America", he calls for an all-out "confrontational movement" against private media. What Lloyd has written is a road map for how left-wing  activists should use the FCC to threaten the licenses of stations with whom they do not agree politically. He seeks to impose an annual FCC license fee equal to each station's annual gross operating budget, with the money going to public broadcasting stations with whom the private stations then have to compete. He wants leftist activists - through incessant political pressure - and the government - through the creation of a totally untenable operating environment of fees, fines and regulations - to work together to force the commercial broadcasters out, to be replaced by public broadcasters. 

Ridiculously exorbitant fees and fines on broadcasters could certainly be "used to financially strangle groups that criticize the government," could they not? That is, when the government's not simply "revoking the licenses" of stations that don't toe the Party line. Or better still, "seizing control of media outlets to stifle criticism."
That he now works at the FCC where he can put his ridiculous policy proposals into place is more than a little disconcerting. Think about it!

  And in his tome, Lloyd had this to say about the First Amendment:

"It should be clear by now that my focus here is not freedom of speech or the press. This freedom is all too often an exaggeration. At the very least, blind references to freedom of speech or the press serve as a distraction from the critical examination of other communications policies.

" The purpose of free speech is warped to protect global corporations and block rules that would promote democratic governance."
Nice, eh? Note how Lloyd views the freedoms of speech and the press as just two of a number of "communications policies."
This end-run around elected officials (Congress) and appointing a political czar crap is totally out of control. Another two years of this and we won't even recognize our own form of government.

*Stacks Soapbox a Little Higher*

Political Correctness is the left’s way to supress free speech with which they do not agree. For decades the left have been bemoaning the perceived errosions of free speech when discussing things like, books, profanity, flag burning, etc.. 

Now that the left has been assuming positions of power for the last 25 years, certain words and ideas from free-thinking americans have become an anathema to their ideologies that they are completely intolerant of.
P.C. is a way of getting around that pesky old first ammendment by claiming that limiting certain kinds of speech prevents certain minorities and the politically protected from becoming "victims" of the thoughts and words of members of the majority. So limitations on free speech in the realm of certain media outlets is now a popular if not a necessary measure. As has become so transparent starting in the 90's with the Clintons and ramped up to the max with the Obamas today-- any and all violations of the Constitution are acceptable as long as they can maintain their power base. And as usual, the media looks the other way.

Welcome to hypocrisy, the millennial edition.
Just a couple of sterling examples from years gone by.....

PBS’s Bill Moyers in 2003 found it “galling” to see “
all those moralistic ideologues in Washington...attacking dissenters as un-American.”
It’s not the 1960’s anymore Billy boy! Undermining your own security is un-American Mr. Moyers!

In 2003, MSNBC’s number one Wing Nut Keith Olbermann saluted protests:
“It is political dissent that created this country and sustained it and improved it.”

For eight years in America, protest was in and all the cool kids did it. We had flamboyantly dressed Code Pinkers demonstrating at conventions and in sessions of Congress, calling Marine recruiters “traitors” and protesting wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Then there were the crazies from Acorn stalking Wall Street executives at their homes. And anti-war lefty Cindy Sheehan got so much news coverage from the major networks and top newspapers that they practically had to create a bureau to handle her antics. 
Dissent was patriotic back then we were told. Those hate-spewing anti-war activists really loved our soldiers – especially when they were mocking the war right outside a veteran’s hospital.

That all happened before January 20, when the left, along with their supporters in the news media, decided protest and dissent were suddenly unpatriotic. Now everything said or done in those eight years is forgotten. America has a blank slate to build hope and change under Obama, so we are told.

MSNBC host Ed Schultz:
“Oh, there's a lot going on. Tonight: it's an uprising! Angry old white folks are storming into town halls all across the country spewing lies about health care reform. Let me set the record straight early on: these folks, I think, they're dumber than Joe the Plumber. “
“Mr. President, you have the people behind you. I've done enough of these [town halls] to know that there's a fraction of Americans out there who are, you know, the old right wing, they're playing on the old, angry white uneducated misinformed Americans”

Don’t dare criticize him, knock his policies or voice your opinion. Do it and you are called “mobs” or racist by the media and treated as scary forces of hate.


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Why Do We Continue to Vote for These People?

I must confess my dismay at the amateurism of the White House apparatus for domestic policy. Obama seems to be surrounded by juvenile tinhorns, bumbling mediocrities and crass bully boys.

Case in point: the administration's grotesque mishandling of healthcare. Ever since Hillary Clinton's megalomaniacal annihilation of reform in 1993 (all of which was suppressed by the mainstream media when she was running for president), Democrats have been longing for that happy day when this issue would once again be front and center.

But who would have thought that the sober, deliberative Barack Obama would have nothing to propose but vague and slippery promises -- or that he would so easily cede the leadership clout of the executive branch to a chaotic, rapacious, solipsistic Congress? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has clearly gone off the deep end with her bizarre rants about legitimate town-hall protests by American citizens. She is doing grievous damage to the Democrat party and should immediately step down.

There is plenty of blame to go around. Obama's aggressive endorsement of a healthcare plan that does not even exist yet, except in five competing, fluctuating drafts, makes Washington seem like Cloud Cuckoo Land. With the cover of his lap-dogs in the media, who just echo democrat party talking points, the president is promoting a colossal, brazen bait-and-switch operation. You tell me, what does a bunch of lawyers know about how a healthcare system should work?

You can keep your doctor; you can keep your insurance, if you're happy with it, Obama keeps assuring us in soothing, lullaby tones. Oh, really? And what if my doctor is not the one appointed by the new government medical boards for ruling on my access to tests and specialists? And what if my insurance company goes belly up because of undercutting by its government-bankrolled competitor? Face it: Virtually all nationalized health systems, neither nourished nor updated by profit-driven private investment, eventually lead to rationing. Ever lived abroad? Ever seen a veteran’s hospital? Don’t get me started!

I just don't get it. Why the insane rush to pass a bill, any bill, in three weeks? And why such an abject failure by the Obama administration to present the issues to the public in a rational, detailed, informational way? The U.S. is gigantic; many of our states are bigger than whole European nations. The bureaucracy required to institute and manage a nationalized health system here would be Byzantine beyond belief and would vampirically absorb whatever savings Obama thinks could be made. And the transition period would be a nightmare of red tape and mammoth screw-ups, which we can ill afford with a faltering economy.

What is needed for reform is an in-depth analysis, buttressed by documentary evidence, of waste, fraud and profiteering in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and insurance industries. Instead what we've gotten is a series of facile, vulgar innuendos about how doctors conduct their practice, as if their primary motive is money. Quite frankly, the president gives little sense of direct knowledge of medical protocols; it's as if his views are a tissue of hearsay and scattershot worst-case scenarios.

As with the massive boondoggle of the stimulus package, which Obama foolishly let Congress turn into a pork rut, too much has been attempted all at once; focused, targeted initiatives would, instead, have won wide public support. How is it possible that Democrats, through their own clumsiness and arrogance, have sabotaged healthcare reform yet again? Blaming obstructionist Republicans is nonsensical because Democrats control all three branches of government. It isn't conservative rumors or lies that are stopping healthcare legislation; it's the justifiable alarm of an electorate that has been cut out of the loop and is watching its representatives construct a tangled labyrinth for others but not for themselves. No, the airheads of Congress will keep their own plush healthcare plan -- it's the rest of us guinea pigs who will be thrown to the wolves.

With the Republican party leaderless and in backbiting disarray following its destruction by the ideologically incoherent George W. Bush, Democrats are apparently eager to join the hara-kiri brigade. What looked like smooth coasting to the 2010 election has now become a nail-biter. Both major parties have become a rats' nest of hypocrisy and incompetence. That, combined with our stratospheric, near-criminal indebtedness to China (which could destroy the dollar overnight), should raise signal flags. Are we like late Rome, infatuated with past glories, ruled by a complacent, greedy elite, and hopelessly powerless to respond to changing conditions?
What does either party stand for these days? Republican politicians, with their endless scandals, are hardly exemplars of traditional moral values. Nor have they generated new ideas for healthcare, except for medical savings accounts, which would be pathetically inadequate in a major crisis for anyone earning at or below a median income.

And what do Democrats stand for, if they are so ready to defame concerned citizens as the "mob" -- a word betraying a Marie Antoinette delusion of superiority to ordinary mortals. I thought my party was populist, attentive to the needs and wishes of those outside the power structure. And as a product of the 1960s, I thought the Democratic party was passionately committed to freedom of thought and speech.But the Democrats have become full fledge, dyed in the wool Leftist, who worships big government and revere as a godlike foster father-mother who can dispense all bounty and magically heal all ills.

The ethical collapse of the left was nowhere more evident than in the near total silence of media and Web sites at the Obama administration's outrageous solicitation to private citizens to report unacceptable "casual conversations" and “emails” critical of the health care plan to the White House. If Republicans had done this, there would have been an angry explosion by Democrats from coast to coast. I was stunned at the failure of liberals to see the blatant totalitarianism in this incident, which the president should have immediately denounced.

……And as for me, I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK!

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