10.01.2008 0

Calling (Off) Nurse Ratched

  • On: 10/16/2008 11:15:46
  • In: First Amendment
  • Somebody better get Nurse Ratched under control. And they’d better do it quick, before she lobotomizes the whole lot of us.

    Nancy Pelosi has declared war on the First Amendment. Having apparently spent far too long on the Left Coast now, she has adopted the dictum of the dictatorial Samuel Goldwyn: “When I want your opinion, I’ll give it to you.”

    With Goldwyn, it may have been quirky and even somewhat endearing. With Ms. Pelosi, it’s chilling and dangerous. And it could make mincemeat of the Free Speech. Which, of course, is Miss Mildred’s whole intent.

    For those who may not have been keeping a watchful eye on the manipulative machinations of Ms. Pelosi, she recently launched a dual broadside against freedom of speech both outside and inside of government.
    Thoroughly repulsed by what she’s hearing from tens of millions of Americans on the radio airwaves, she has decided to throttle Rush, Sean, et. al., by resurrecting the antiquated “Fairness Doctrine.” The “Fairness Doctrine,” you may recall, was first promulgated in 1949, when the government decided that the public airwaves had to be regulated by the public, which in liberalspeak, of course, means – you guessed it — the government. Its ostensible purpose was to insure “equal access.”

    Back then, there were only three major networks, two of which largely consisted of tin cans tied together with strings. So, perhaps, there was some limited need to get the guys who owned the strings to occasionally let some other folks talk into the cans.

    Today, there are enough radio stations to drown out the Trump of the Lord. And there are enough TV stations to air every episode of I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, and Here’s Lucy back to back from here to eternity (and that’s saying something).

    So, the only people now left on the face of the earth who don’t have equal access to the airwaves are some aboriginal Neanderthals burrowed in caves in some antediluvian outback. And if The Discovery Channel has its way, they’ll soon have their own show.

    In short, Her Ladyship’s plaintiff cry to bring back “equal access” with the so-called “Fairness Doctrine” is a ruse. Her real intent is to silence the Hard Left’s critics by making it all but impossible for TV and radio stations to air their shows without having to give away “equal time” to a bunch of left-wing troglodytes who couldn’t worm their way into people’s homes and automobiles if they were giving away gold bullion.

    In other words, if Ms. Pelosi succeeds in resurrecting the phony “Fairness Doctrine” – which has lain dormant since the late Eighties – you can kiss Rush, Sean, Mark Levin, and your local conservative talk show hosts goodbye. And you can look for Fox News to do as it’s told, or go the way of Randle McMurphy.

    And that’s just the beginning. Lest any “Free Speechers” within government try to crawl through her grasping fingers, Ms. Pelosi has some new dictates for her House underlings as well.

    Within the past fortnight, Ms. Pelosi has turned up the screws on her congressional factotums to pass a regulation banning any commentaries by Members of Congress on Web sites that are not “approved” by the Committee on House Administration. That’s the panel that creates rules governing the internal operations of the House. And if they’re able to seize that kind of censorious power, they ought to change their name to the Reichstag.

    And that completes the cycle, doesn’t it? If nefarious Nancy has her willful way, you will no longer be able to listen or talk to TV and radio hosts who fail to spout the Pelosi party line. And members of the United States Congress who fail to toe that same tainted line will not be allowed to smuggle out Web messages to you on penalty of being censored by the Keepers of the Code.

    Clearly Ms. Pelosi has been spending far too much time lately reading Geobbels Diaries. Rumor has it she has her own 29-volume gold-inlaid edition on the bookshelf behind her Little Dictator desk. It is reportedly leather bound, so that she can use it as a whip when one of the lowly untergebenen speaks out of turn.

    And there is one lesson she has learned well from the Minister of Propaganda:

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

    In short, when Ms. Pelosi wants your opinion — or the opinion of any of her cowed congressional colleagues – she’ll give it to you. And you’d better give it back word for word, or she vill make tings vorse.

    Yep, somebody better get Nurse Ratched under control. Otherwise, you can kiss your frontal lobe goodbye.

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