“Fairness” Doctrine Revisted

Abraham Lincoln – from his last debate with Stephen Douglas during the 1858 Senate campaign:

“It is the eternal struggle between these two principles—right and wrong—throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time; and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity and the other the divine right of kings. It is the same principle in whatever shape it develops itself. It is the same spirit that says, “You work and toil and earn bread, and I’ll eat it.” No matter in what shape it comes, whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own nation and live by the fruit of their labor, or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving another race, it is the same tyrannical principle.”

One of the first legislative items on the agenda of the new Democratic majority House and Senate under socialist President Obama is certain to be re-initiating the “Fairness” Doctrine – named in the fashion of government propaganda that George Orwell warned about in the novel “1984” – where the “Ministry of Peace” in the novel actually deals with war and the “Ministry of Love” actually tortures people. The concept of the “Fairness” Doctrine is simply – “You work and toil and earn bread, and I’ll eat it.”

Talk radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh and others on the Republican side of the political spectrum have worked for years to build an audience of listeners and have become highly profitable in the process. Attempts on the left, like “Air America” have been complete financial failures despite massive infusions of cash. The “Fairness” Doctrine will attempt to punish the successful radio networks by forcing them, in a tit-for-tat fashion, to broadcast an equal amount of time to the leftist view.  Which as history has shown, will guarantee them few, if any, listeners and enact a financial penalty.

Is this the “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody” concept that Barack Obama warned “Joe the plumber” about? Or is it the difference, as Abraham Lincoln noted  above, between right and wrong, between freedom and tyranny, between the common right of humanity and the divine right of kings to enforce their will?

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