Punchinello’s Chronicles

November 9, 2008

Disagreement to Hate Speech to Pornography

Filed under: Butterfly Wings — Punchinello @ 3:50 pm
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For years and years we’ve had bizarre content in the arts and media, all justified as free speech. We’ve seen the US Constitution twisted and bent, all under the premise of free speech. But now that conservative voices of disagreement have various channels through which to be heard, we’re being told we have to end free speech. Re-institute censorship on a federal level, and call it “fairness.”

Asked if he is a supporter of telling radio stations what content they should have, Schumer used the fair and balanced line, claiming that critics of the Fairness Doctrine are being inconsistent.

“The very same people who don’t want the Fairness Doctrine want the FCC [Federal Communications Commission] to limit pornography on the air. I am for that… But you can’t say government hands off in one area to a commercial enterprise but you are allowed to intervene in another. That’s not consistent.”

In 2007, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), a close ally of Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) told The Hill, “It’s time to reinstitute the Fairness Doctrine. I have this old-fashioned attitude that when Americans hear both sides of the story, they’re in a better position to make a decision.” — TheHill.com, Bob Cusack Nov. 4, 2008

The problem for today’s conservatives is that most of us have no training in philosophy, no training in language and rhetoric, no training in sophistry, and little training in logic. What Sen. Durbin and Sen. Shumer are doing is a standard trick of logic and sophistry, but few people are able to dismantle the so-called argument.

Even here, it isn’t right-away important to take apart the detailed premises; it’s more important to understand the overall thrust of the argument. And that’s to censor public speech, shut down disagreement, and develop a national propaganda machine.

Knowing full well that at least half the population of the nation is barely capable of functioning beyond an eighth-grade level of education, liberals today see a final victory in their 50-year agenda.

Deconstructionism proposes that words have no objective or absolute association with their meanings and definitions. Any word can mean anything at any time on a relative basis. Each individual assigns a meaning to any word, which then must be interpreted by anyone else. As such, truth, honor, value, honesty, discussion, and every other word in the English language means whatever anyone wants it to mean.

The key is that power and authority dictate the “true” meaning of something at any given moment in time. Anyone who disagrees is mean-spirited, angry, holding a grudge, filled with hate, and racist. And now, according to Mr. Shumer, a pornographer.

What’s even more disgusting about this push to return censorship is the number ordinary citizens who are too stupid to understand any of the discussion. They don’t understand how it will impact their lives, see no meaningful connection to their daily routine, and simply hand over authority to their duly elected representatives.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens if or when it becomes possible for the US government to enter into the Internet for the purposes of censorship. It may not be a simple task, but we need only to look at China to see how it could be done. The technology certainly exists, it’s only a question of the will to use it.

When blogs start vanishing, news reporting agencies begin to disappear, and people who disagree with “the regime” are arrested under the guise of “homeland security,” I wonder how many people will be shocked? How many will whine about how “they didn’t know?”

Tragically, it’s much harder to show people what isn’t there, than it is to show people what is there. When discussion starts disappearing, disagreement and alternate positions aren’t there, it’s like Trick-or-Treating. Given only a few years, entire generations of children grow up never seeing public disagreement. They go through school being told not to argue, not to step out of line, not to be disruptive, and not to be “hateful.”

How easy it is to manipulate children’s minds. How simple to introduce “social guidance counselors,” or “political officers” into each neighborhood, every apartment complex, all school systems. It would be “mandatory” civil service, increase jobs, and provide for a “level playing field.” Anyone who disagrees with the administration would be sent for “retraining” somewhere.

Oh, but that’s just an exaggeration, you say. Nobody would really DO that! Would they? America isn’t the Soviet Union…is it?

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