If you’re not already awake to the fact that Barack Obama is a tyrant who, along with his progressive minions, wish to rule and oppress us, what else will it take to convince you? ALL dissent to this president and administration is being punished, and that punishment is being used to intimidate anyone else who might speak out against their tyranny. The IRS is being used to financially intimidate political opponents. The NSA is monitoring and collecting data from everyone that could be used against them for blackmail or other purposes. The police forces are being militarized along with the Dept. of Homeland (in)Security to act as a force not to PROTECT us, but to CONTROL us. The military is being purged of any senior leader who shows a willingness to honor his oath to defend the Constitution against ALL enemies, and/or who has any real leadership ability and charisma. And now Obama is moving to ensure that an already largely compliant and subservient media is brought completely under his control, and all unfavorable reporting on him, his administration, or the agenda he is pushing is crushed. We are one step away from Pravda, state-run media, here in America. This is the kind of thing that was done by Hugo Chavez, Joseph Stalin, Mao, Hitler, and every other dictator who has risen to power.
With all of the MYRIAD violations of the law and the Constitution by this president and his administration, WHAT FURTHER PROOF DO YOU NEED that he is an ENEMY OF OUR REPUBLIC AND OUR CONSTITUTION?!?!?!?!
This usurper MUST be removed from office, tried, impeached, and jailed. He has gone FAR beyond the transgressions that any previous president has EVER been impeached for, and he’s NOT SLOWING DOWN. In fact, he is becoming more bold in his willingness to ignore the law and Constitution with each passing day, and these transgressions are right out in public for all to see.
Congress won’t act, the ballot box has already been corrupted, and the law means nothing to this president. What avenue of redress are we left with to remove this usurping tyrant?
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness… But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. –Excerpt from the Declaration of Independence
The only difference between the 1st American Revolution and the one we need now is that the despotic “King” is not an ocean away.
By Matthew Clark Filed in: Free Speech
4:44 PM Feb. 18, 2014
The Obama Administration’s Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is poised to place government monitors in newsrooms across the country in an absurdly draconian attempt to intimidate and control the media.
Before you dismiss this assertion as utterly preposterous (we all know how that turned out when the Tea Party complained that it was being targeted by the IRS), this bombshell of an accusation comes from an actual FCC Commissioner.
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai reveals a brand new Obama Administration program that he fears could be used in “pressuring media organizations into covering certain stories.”
As Commissioner Pai explains in the Wall Street Journal:
Last May the FCC proposed an initiative to thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country. With its “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” or CIN, the agency plans to send researchers to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run. A field test in Columbia, S.C., is scheduled to begin this spring.
The purpose of the CIN, according to the FCC, is to ferret out information from television and radio broadcasters about “the process by which stories are selected” and how often stations cover “critical information needs,” along with “perceived station bias” and “perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.”
In fact, the FCC is now expanding the bounds of regulatory powers to include newspapers, which it has absolutely no authority over, in its new government monitoring program.
The FCC has apparently already selected eight categories of “critical information” “that it believes local newscasters should cover.”
That’s right, the Obama Administration has developed a formula of what it believes the free press should cover, and it is going to send government monitors into newsrooms across America to stand over the shoulders of the press as they make editorial decisions.
This poses a monumental danger to constitutionally protected free speech and freedom of the press.
Every major repressive regime of the modern era has begun with an attempt to control and intimidate the press.
As Thomas Jefferson so eloquently said, “our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.”
The federal government has absolutely no business determining what stories should and should not be run, what is critical for the American public and what is not, whether it perceives a bias, and whose interests are and are not being served by the free press.
It’s an unconscionable assault on our free society.
Imagine a government monitor telling Fox News it needed to cover stories in the same way as MSNBC or Al Jazeera. Imagine an Obama Administration official walking in to the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal and telling it that the American public would be better served if it is stopped reporting on the IRS scandal or maybe that reporting on ObamaCare “glitches” is driving down enrollment.
It’s hard to imaging anything more brazenly Orwellian than government monitors in newsrooms.
Is it any wonder that the U.S. now ranks 46th in the world for freedom of the press? Reporters Without Boarders called America’s precipitous drop of 13 places in its recent global rankings “one of the most significant declines” in freedom of the press in the world.
Freedom of the press is proudly extolled in the First Amendment, yet our nation now barely makes the top fifty for media freedom.
We cannot allow the unfathomable encroachment on our free speech and freedom of the press to continue.
We’ve seen, and defeated, this kind of attempt to squelch free speech before in the likes of the Fairness Doctrine and the Grassroots Lobbying Bill (incidentally one of my first projects at the ACLJ). Each one of these euphemistically named government programs is nothing more than an underhanded attempt to circumvent the Constitution and limit free speech – speech that the government finds inconvenient. They’re equally unconstitutional, and they each must be defeated.
Join the ACLJ as we take a stand. Sign the ACLJ’s Petition to Stop the Obama FCC’s Free Speech Monitors.
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