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Paranoia, or real Intimidation by the Left?

Posted by The Diatribe Guy on November 15, 2008

Originally posted at http://digitaldiatribes.wordpress.com

OK, I will get back to data analysis soon. But, hey… the elections are less than a week away and it only happens every four years, so bear with me.

I made a point in my previous post that stated the following as a potential ramification of too much power being concentrated with the Left in this country:

3) Suppression of Free Speech through intimidation. I’m not crazy. This has already happened, and it will only get worse. Talk to anyone challenging global warming, and you’ll understand what kind of intimidation I’m talking about. When the media are in bed with you, they can help portray dissenters as nutjobs. Worse, when it comes to anyone with dissenting opinions on liberal policies, whether it be economic or social, you’re a bigot, a homophobe, or a religious zealot who should have no voice. Just wait. This is already the case now, but things have only just begun.

In a comment received, it was stated that this sounds like paranoia.

I won’t go all crazy with this, because I could go back over time and provide numerous examples of what I see going on already. But just in today’s news alone, there are three stories worth noting:

This one about abuse of power regarding “Joe the Plumber” gives us a glimpse into the willingness to invade privacy and dig up dirt on a guy simply because he dared as Obama a question. This is pathetic.

This isn’t in the U.S., but it’s an example doing the wrong thing for the right reasons. Australia has mandated internet filtering. Seems like a good idea on the surface. It started off filtering any child porn and illegal activities. But already, they are filtering sites related to anorexia and euthanasia. Now, don’t get me wrong, all in all they probably have the best interests of everyone in mind, and it’s tough to argue those categories. But anorexia is not illegal. So, what’s next? Filtering sites to fast food? Cigarette manufacturers? How about “political hate speech?” You know where this is going to go, if not now, then in the future.

This one is simply scary, and shows how the FCC is already harrassing military analysts for stating an opinion. And this is exactly the road I see us headed down when I made my observation.

A Federal Communications Commission investigation of on-air military analysts is providing a glimpse of what Democrats and an Obama administration will do to critics once they capture Washington.

The FCC has sent letters to some of the nation’s most prominent military analysts — some of them pro-President Bush and pro-war — suggesting they may have broken the law when they appeared on television stations to comment on and explain the war on terrorism.

The FCC investigation raises the question of whether a Democrat-controlled Congress and White House next year will investigate — and perhaps criminalize — all sorts of actions taken by the Bush administration.

God Bless America. Land of the free.

OK, back to climate stuff with my next posts.

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