Friday, August 14, 2009
Scary Times Continue
Is this the future of America? Obama has appointed a gentleman - formerly associated with the Center for American Progress, a far left organization designed to compete with conservative think tanks like The Heritage Foundation and The American Enterprise Institute - to be his communications Czar. He is the FCC Chief Diversity Officer and his name is Mark Lloyd. He is seeking to require all owners of conservative radio stations to pay 100% of their yearly operating costs to fund National Public Radio. Think about that. A company that has operating costs of one million dollars, will have to come up with an additional one million dollars if this program succeeds and hand it over so that a competitor has unfair advantage in the marketplace. Is that socialistic or what? He is pushing this agenda because approximately 91% of talk radio programming is conservative, while only 9% is progressive/liberal. What Mr. Lloyd can’t understand is that there is no market in progressive broadcasting and thus no profit. So by "punishing" conservative radio he can kill two birds with one stone - silence, to a large degree, conservative influence on the airwaves, and redistribute wealth to programs that can not stand on their own. More unfairness by the Obama administration (see 'One Standard For All' below). The progressives are apoplectic that no one listens to them (if people did there would be profitable programs with large followings just like conservative radio has), so their alternative is to silence those programs and broadcasters that are profitable (remember the 'Fairness Doctrine'? This is an end-around). But nobody prevents the progressive voice from being heard - they call in to conservative radio programs and voice their views all the time. No one is keeping them doing that. And yet the Progressives still find it necessary to silence the conservatives. This is a blatant attack on our 1st Amendment Right. In 2006 while at the liberal Center for American Progress Lloyd wrote a book entitled, Prologue to a Farce: Communications and Democracy in America. In the book he presents the idea that private broadcasters (private business) should pay licensing fees which equal their total yearly operating costs so that public broadcasting stations can spend the same on their operations as the private companies do. Not only does he want to redistribute private profits, he wants to regulate much of the programming on these stations to make sure they focus on “diverse views” and government activities (sound like an attempt at 'brainwashing to you?). This is an attack by the Obama administration against conservative thought and speech and must be fought with equal passion as the current fight against health care. The assault from all fronts on our rights, and on the Republic form of government we have had for 200+ years is unconscionable and unacceptable. Obama and his cronies must be stopped! Is this the future of America? Only if we allow it! Wake Up America!