Freedom of speech was never intended to be reserved for those with loads of money and influence. (At least that’s what the idealistic, hypocritical, slave-owning forefathers probably thought.) It is supposed to be “free” – as in unfettered, and also as in not linked to money. Yet deep-pocketed lobbyists continue to speak more loudly and freely than the rest of us, and as a result we get health care reform bills written by and for insurance companies instead of the people.
With the Supreme Court’s decision yesterday to scale back the bipartisan McCain-Feingold law, union- and corporate-sponsored political ads, not known for disseminating the truth, will likely influence even more of the ignorant, unwashed, uncritical masses than they already do, and we’ll continue to hear that President Obama is a closet Islamo-fascist who was born on Mars and has webbed toes. For the record, I don’t consider intentionally misleading the public for financial gain a “right” by any stretch of the imagination. But the big-business loving consternatives on the Supreme Court apparently do.
The end of the Fairness Doctrine was hailed as a victory for the First Amendment, but it’s only been a victory for the few. Air America has gone bankrupt, and while I’m sure many are jumping for joy, it vividly illustrates the problem that the doctrine was intended to address. Left-leaning speech has been excluded (some could say censored) from AM radio in favor of wall-to-wall consternative commentators, forcing lefties to build their own network from the ground up. That's not a cheap or easy thing to do. As a result, voices that aren't backed by the big bucks are silenced. That's not freedom or democracy in any form; that's scary.
BogsBlog is made possible by a cost-free website that allows me to say just about anything I want. It's disheartening that the USA overall is going in the opposite direction.