What’s happening to our freedoms?
From Bob Porto’s Blog
It seems that Democrats in Washington, even those elected to represent Arkansas, are becoming more and more distant from those of us who pay their salaries. With trillions of dollars now committed to bailing out our nation’s largest banks and corporations, the nationalization of our auto industry, unprecedented government spending and national debt, and now an effort to establish a government-run health care system, Americans are standing up and speaking out. Concerned with the prospect of their country having more in common with the former USSR than anything envisioned by our founding fathers, conservative citizens are exercising their constitutional rights with a fervor never before seen on the right side of the political spectrum.
Constitutional rights, enjoyed since the ratification of the Bill of Rights–freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to peaceably assemble, and freedom to petition the government to redress grievances, may soon be reserved only those of like mind with the President and his progressive allies in Congress. The 1st amendment guarantees these rights and also the freedom of the press. Often called the 4th branch of government, the free press has long served to inform the people of any attempt to abridge these inalienable rights. But what would happen if the free press became complicit with a repressive government, and refused to inform the people when their rights were abridged?
We might see ordinary people taking up the pen and taking to the airwaves in an effort to uncover the truth. Shouting from every street corner, publishing in their living rooms, and striving to get in front of every camera and every crowd to have their voice heard. The administration and its allies in Congress and the press may begin by dismissing these vocal dissidents as a discontent minority, hoping they’ll grow weary and go away. If instead the rebel movement doesn’t fade away, those in power may send out scouts to demonize and demagogue those who disagree. And when the opposition movement continues to expand and grow, bring out the big guns. Have top administration officials and leaders of Congress attack those private citizens who stand and fight to preserve their constitutional rights.
And remember, the 4th branch of government no longer stands up for the people. Government lies go unchallenged as the press becomes nothing more than a mouthpiece for the propaganda disseminated by those in power. Uninformed by major news outlets, most citizens would remain unaware as offices were created to collect names of those who dare to publicly disagree with those in power. When the ruling party sent out enforcers to intimidate voters and violently attack those standing up for their rights, most would remain uninformed. When legislators call their own constituents un-American for exercising their first amendment rights, few would ever know.
But wait, all of these things are happening now! This isn’t a hypothetical situation, it’s here. We’re now in the trenches daily, fighting to have our voices heard, to stand up and be counted, but the vehicle Americans could always count on to spread their message is parked, refusing to start its engine and carry its load. Thank God for the internet, new media, talk radio, and Fox News! Because they’re the only reason our message is carried by anything more than word of mouth. But we can’t be satisfied until the mainstream media fulfills its obligation to inform the public also.
I suggest we expand our offensive. Our strategy has been effective thus far, but we’ve yet to deal a crippling blow to those who seek to destroy our freedoms. We need a new tactic to add to our battlefield portfolio, one that brings the mainstream media to its knees and forces it to accept its responsibility and report the abuses of our government to the unaware in our society.
There’s only one path to such an impact and it runs directly through the advertisers who bankroll the American media. It’s time to make our own lists, lists of advertisers who fund the operations of media outlets who remain silent on the abuses perpetrated by the Obama administration and its allies. Then it’s time to boycott those advertisers. Don’t buy their products, don’t use their services, and don’t patronize their establishments until and unless the media outlets they support begin doing their jobs!
We’re making a difference. There’s no doubt of that. But we can’t become satisfied, not until the threat is past and victory is certain. So fellow patriots, as we continue to place direct pressure on our elected officials, let’s also expand the fight. Join with me to take aim at their enablers, the mainstream media.