Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Congress shall make no law...

My fellow Americans. You may disagree with what Rush Limbaugh says, but you should defend to the death his right to say it.
Anything less and this is no longer America.
Schumer, Pelosi, Durbin, Obama and the whole Democrat gang just don't seem to get it (or pretend not to) that Rush Limbaugh is not being forced down anyone's throat. If you don't like what he's saying, and you can't stand listening to a view that opposes yours, then for God's sake turn him off. Change stations, play some music. There's dozens of channels out there. Heck, listen to NPR where you're bound to find something to listen to you will like.
But the fact is people aren't turning him off. They're not calling the station en masse to complain. No, they're turning him UP. More and more people are tuning IN. Some 20 million people listen to Rush every week. Many of them (myself included) are 24/7 members, meaning we can log into Rush's web site (rushlimbaugh.com for those of you in Rio Linda) and listen to or watch the day's entire broadcast. We also get the daily show downloaded as MP3 Podcasts. And we get Rush's monthly Newsletter, replete with informative commentary, interviews and humor.
People listen to Rush because he thinks like they do. The only difference between him and them is he has an elegant voice and the talent to speak into a mic for hours on end, day after day, and still be interesting. That, as he so humbly says, is a talent "on loan from God".  Well God Bless him.
If all of Rush's listeners disagreed with him, there would be no Rush Limbaugh Show. Rush exists because what he does creates a market. His voice and his ideas draw people to the radio, and those people buy the things he endorses and promotes. Things like quality wood flooring, instant hot water heaters, online backup services, and that famous iced tea drink to mention just a few. That is the market he creates. If he didn't generate millions of dollars in sales for these companies and the radio stations, they wouldn't be paying millions of dollars in advertising during his broadcast.
What could be more simple to understand?
But now New York liberal Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer comes along and says conservative talk radio is the equivalent of pornography and should be regulated in just the same way. Schumer said recently:
"Do you think we should allow people to put pornography on the air? Absolutely not. Particularly on television and radio.… The very same people who don't want the Fairness Doctrine want the FCC to limit pornography on the air. I am for that. I think pornography should be limited. But you can't say government hands off in one area to a commercial enterprise, but you're allowed to intervene in another. That's not consistent."
Why that's the damndest logic I ever heard. Who would be stupid enough to buy that premise? They must grow them pretty dumb in New York. (Oh wait. They do since they keep electing this numbskull. By the way, what should Schumer know about being consistent? But that's for another day.)
Let's try it, Chuck. Let's remove the FCC restriction on pornography on the air waves. Ok go. So what company is going to be the first to advertise during this new pornography show of yours?  Wait, what station is going to air it, knowing their switchboard is going to light up like a Christmas tree? Ain't gonna happen, Chuck.  The public doesn't need you or the FCC to decide that porn should not be on the air.
In fact we don't need the Federal government telling us what our community standards are in the first place! Several shows that leaned too close to porn or other patently offensive subjects have been pulled within days due to public outrage. Other offensive shows have been pulled when the public openly boycotted the advertisers. No advertisers, no show. The public can and does decide what they will and will not listen to.
But the silly argument that somehow pornography can be equated to political free speech is stunning. Stunning that you haven't been laughed out of town.  You are Constitutionally forbidden from making laws that abridge free speech. What part of "Congress shall make no law..." do you not understand? Were you educated in a P.S. ### or something?
Since you seem to be hell bent on ignoring Constitutional law there is apparently only one way to shut you up; by creating a preemptive law (Broadcaster Freedom Act of 2009) that simply re-stipulates the obvious: The FCC is hereby prohibited from re-instituting the 'fairness doctrine' or anything that smells like the fairness doctrine. Simple.
Chuck, If you people would either take out your Constitution and read it once in a while, or just tune in to Rush's show, and educate yourselves a little, we wouldn't have to go through all this nonsense just to keep what's already ours: Free speech and freedom of assembly. Every day at noon eastern, we assemble in front of the radio and enjoy a little free speech.  Don't screw with that.

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