House Dems: If you can’t beat ‘em, censor ‘em!
It’s obvious to all who’ve been paying attention that President Obama and his Democratic lackeys are struggling to keep their dreams of a government-run health care system afloat. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) was recently forced to admit that any bill able to pass on his side of the Capitol may not contain Obama’s centerpiece of a public option. Though she remained obstinate long after the writing was on the wall things weren’t going her way, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) finally capitulated and admitted she may not be successful in ramming a bill out of the House by the August recess. Recent polls show more than 80% of Americans are satisfied with the current health care system so maligned by Democrats. And finally, we’ve seen Obama’s poll numbers plunge as he forged ahead with a full court press in an effort to regain momentum on his signature issue.
But Obama and his left-wing allies in Congress haven’t given up on their efforts to seize control of another 1/6 of the American economy. Since Republicans and other conservatives have been so successful in getting the truth out about the Democrats’ Obamacare bill, House Democrats have changed tactics. Now they’re blatantly censoring members from telling their constituents the truth about what’s in HR 3200, the House version of Obamacare.
On Tuesday morning, Rep John R. Carter (R-TX) made an appearance on Fox News to explain how Democrats on the House Franking Commission refused to approve a mass communication to his constituents unless he changed the message to reflect the Democratic talking points intended to misinform the American people about the un-American policies and regulations that will result if this bill becomes law. Carter sought to use his franking privilege to distribute an audio message to his constituents on the health care plan being pushed by Democratic leaders in Congress.
The message he wanted to distribute contained the phrase “The House Democrats unveiled a government-run health care plan.” The Commission informed him it would be required that he change “House Democrats” to “the house majority” and change “government-run health care plan” to “public option” or “health care plan.”
It’s quite obvious such censorship is designed to help stop the bleeding currently being suffered by Obama and the Democrats on their signature issue, health care reform. This obvious partisan censorship is intended to deny voters the opportunity to hear anything other than the Pelosi-Obama view on the House version of Obamacare. The Franking privilege can be used to inform constituents of their representative’s views of legislation making its way through the House. The following is taken directly from the Commission’s Franking Manual in the section titled “The Intent of Congress.”
It is the intent of Congress that such official business, activities, and duties cover all matters which directly or indirectly pertain to the legislative process or to any congressional representative functions generally, or to the function, working, or operating of the Congress and the performance of official duties in connection therewith, and shall include, but not be limited to, the conveying of information to the public, and the requesting of the views of the public, or the views and information of other authority of government, as a guide or a means of assistance in the performance of those functions.
Carter’s attempted communication clearly falls under the category of conveying of information to the public. It might not be conveyed as propaganda for the Democrats wishing to force Americans to seek bureaucratic clearance for any and all of their health care decisions, but it most certainly conveys information to the public.
After seeing Carter’s interview, I discovered the Franking Commission is made up of three Democrats and three Republicans. I immediately leaped to the assumption that at least one Republican had voted with the Democrats to block Carter’s communication. However, John Stone, communications director for Rep. Carter, cleared that up for me. He explained anything that gets past the Franking Commission must do so with at least 4 votes. So at least one Democrat on the Commission would have had to vote to approve Carter’s submission for it to be approved. I was relieved to know that this wasn’t the result of a turncoat Republican sitting on the Commission. In fact, Stone assured me none of the three Republicans sided with the Democrats in this case.
This is simply another extension of the tyranny of the Democratic majority in the US House. Pelosi and her ilk have changed House rules, held middle of the night votes on important legislation to pass legislation for which they didn’t have the votes, and will now only permit congressional Republicans to use their franking privilege to distribute Democratic propaganda in their Blitzkrieg to implement Socialism in these United States.
While this devious Democratic move prevents Carter from using taxpayer funds to distribute the truth about Obamacare, it doesn’t prevent him from using campaign funds to get the word out. Of course, this drain on his campaign bank account will place him at a disadvantage next year in his bid for re-election. Even though it will make next year’s race mroe difficult, Stone assured me that Carter will forge ahead in his campaign to get the truth in the hands of his constituents.
Call, email, and phone the three Democratic congressmen on the Commission and let them know the US Congress is not the Propaganda Office for the President and the DNC!
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