Dem’s effort to muzzle Rush Limbaugh is heating up

While I do not listen to Rush Limbaugh’s EIB Network program I recently saw and heard part of his remarks to Sean Hannity expressing his feelings about our new president to which I partially agree. We both are Americans and want president Obama to be successful.  However, that is not a blank check of support of future policies and actions where we may differ. As I did not hear part two of the FOX program I will take issue with any statement made by Rush that he want’s president Obama to fail.

For Democrat’s in Congress to threaten his use of the airwaves, based on his promoting a conservative viewpoint, or suggesting reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine to force equal time for liberal positions, is no longer a valid argument. We have numerous options as to which radio or network TV host we select to obtain news and commentary. The same applies to cable TV where there are more channels than hours in the day. In the early days of  network TV we had very limited options.  However that’s the early 1950’s not the 21st century. We must retain our free and adequate access without fear of government retaliation based solely on our words, “just words.”

If you peel the onion to it’s core, and look to other outspoken Americans you surely will find Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense.” Thomas Paine was a 1776 activisit promoting our Independence from the King of England. “Published in 1776, Common Sense challenged the authority of the British government and the royal monarchy. The plain language that Paine used spoke to the common people of America and was the first work to openly ask for independence from Great Britain.” Here’s a text sample:

“Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one: for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries BY A GOVERNMENT, which we might expect in a country WITHOUT GOVERNMENT, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer. Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. For were the impulses of conscience clear, uniform and irresistibly obeyed, man would need no other lawgiver; but that not being the case, he finds it necessary to surrender up a part of his property to furnish means for the protection of the rest; and this he is induced to do by the same prudence which in every other case advises him, out of two evils to choose the least. Wherefore, security being the true design and end of government, it unanswerably follows that whatever form thereof appears most likely to ensure it to us, with the least expense and greatest benefit, is preferable to all others.”

Bottom line: If you don’t like Rush’s message, simply tune him out. We have a recession/depression at our doorstep. Focus on the big issues, not the big announcer. The following report, which triggered this post, is from CNS News.

Democrats Launch Petition Against Rush Limbaugh

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Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 2:50:34 PM by Sub-Driver

Democrats Launch Petition Against Rush Limbaugh Tuesday, January 27, 2009 By Melanie Hunter-Omar

( – The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has launched an online petition for readers to express their outrage at conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh for saying last week that he wanted President Barack Obama to fail.

The petition includes a 19-second sound byte of Limbaugh, saying, “If I wanted Obama to succeed, I’d be happy the Republicans have laid down. I don’t want this to work. So I’m thinking of replying to this guy, say ‘okay, I’ll send you a response, but I don’t need 400 words, I need four: I hope he fails.’”

Meanwhile, Obama advised Republicans last Friday to stop listening to Limbaugh if they wanted to get along with Democrats and the administration.

“You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done,” Obama said to Republican leaders who met with the president to talk about the stimulus package.

The Republican National Committee did not return calls requesting comment.

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