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The Speech Censor Bugs

Posted on November 19 2010 11:00 am

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You thought that bed bugs were sprouting all over the place. They’re nothing compared to the speech censor bugs who are out in full force.

In fact, at least one U.S. Senator can’t seem to get the censor bug out of his system. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) is so fed up that he wants Fox News and MSNBC off the air.

Rockefeller shared his bugaboo with his fellow citizens:

There’s a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to FOX and to MSNBC: ‘Out. Off. End.   Goodbye.’ It would be a big favor to political discourse; our ability to do our work here in Congress, and to the American people, to be able to talk with each other and have some faith in their government and more importantly, in their future.

The senator should attend one of the constitutional law seminars that Representative Michele Bachmann is planning to sponsor for her Tea Party colleagues over in the House of Representatives. It may remind Rockefeller of what the First Amendment says about Congress making no law “abridging the freedom of speech.”

Someone should also tell Rockefeller to come down from his elegant “chateau” and take a good look around him. Maybe then he’ll see why so many folks have lost faith in their government and in their future. It’s because, in large measure, of the reckless, elitist policies advocated by Rockefeller and his progressive buddies in Congress and at the White House.

If Rockefeller were not bad enough, the House has its own speech censor bugs – at least when it involves speech they don’t like. Perhaps the most glaring example is Representative Linda Sanchez from California, who has introduced a bill making it a federal felony to use the Internet, e-mails or even the telephone to cause “substantial emotional distress” through “severe, repeated, and hostile” speech.

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