The Tools Of Free Men

July 31, 2008 | Politics

Oil is the fuel of free nations, guns and speech the tools of free men. Thus the three have freedom in common. Ironically, oil, guns, and free speech have something else in common as well: all three are scorned by the Left. Democrats are opposed to further oil exploration, individual gun rights, and speech that is free from the constraints of political correctness. Read more…

The ‘Fairness Doctrine,’ and Multiculturalism’s Monoculture

July 10, 2008 | Politics

Liberals are chafing at the bit, waiting for regime change in Washington to give them the ability to reinstate the “fairness doctrine;” a regulation which requires talk radio stations to devote equal programming hours to both liberal and conservative formats. All it would take is a Democrat president and a couple of appointments to the Federal Communications Commission to accomplish it.

Of course the use of the word “fairness” in relation to this “doctrine” is an awful abuse of our language. Commercial radio markets, like all other free enterprise markets, are already inherently fair. They operate on profits generated from satisfied customers rather than some bureaucrat’s idea of what’s fair. This means talk radio programs are only viable as long as they can draw a listening audience large enough to attract the biggest advertisers and therefore the most lucrative profits. This is why conservative talk radio — and religious talk radio — succeed and liberal talk radio fails. Face it, folks: liberals are boring.

By re-instituting this doctrine, liberals will be telling radio stations to ignore the market and match every hour of “conservative talk radio” with the kind of Al Franken dribble that no advertiser will pay to be a part of because no one outside of Franken’s immediate family will be listening to it. At heart, this is simply an attempt to get Rush Limbaugh off the airwaves so those wonderful people who brought us Jimmy Carter can bring us Obama, higher taxes, government regulation, and a homosexual-friendly military. Read more…