Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan is the latest Democrat to call for bringing back the Fairness Doctrine in radio broadcasting.
I think it’s absolutely time to pass a standard. Now, whether it’s called the Fairness Standard, whether it’s called something else — I absolutely think it’s time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves. I mean, our new president has talked rightly about accountability and transparency. You know, that we all have to step up and be responsible. And, I think in this case, there needs to be some accountability and standards put in place.
The first amendment of the Constitution reads:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
“Congress shall make no law” is admirably clear. The amendment does NOT say, “Congress shall make no law abridging freedom of speech, or of the press, unless the press is irresponsible or unaccountable.” It does not say that because such a law would not be objective. Irresponsible according to whom? Accountable to whom? To a bunch of statist politicians trying to bamboozle the people into socialism?
Accountability, responsibility and transparency do not apply to free individuals speaking their mind. In a free country people have the right to say whatever they want, including irresponsible statements that anger politicians. (What tyrants consider irresponsible speech is usually the opposite — criticism of their tyranny.)
Senator Stabenow and the rest of the big government politicians want to destroy freedom of speech in America. They must destroy freedom of speech because their statist policies are neither moral nor practical and they need to shut up criticism so the American people will not understand the true nature of what they are doing. They must control propaganda in order to continue expanding state power.
If Senator Stabenow wants to fight for accountability, responsibility and transparency, she might start by opposing the statist con job that is the stimulus bill. The expanding state must be throttled and held in check, not citizens speaking out in a struggle to defend the remaining shreds of our freedom.