"Is there any way to ban Limbaugh, O'Reilly and their ilk from the airwaves?"
Poor widdle DUmmies. Their much hyped Air America is about to leave the airwaves forever due to horrible ratings. The only major "progressive" national radio show left is Blowhard Ed Shultz who was a faux conservative before "converting" to a faux liberal for bigger bucks. Shultz, who will soon be going head to head against the talk show host he tries to lamely imitate, Rush Limbaugh, even sounds disconnected from the thrust of his own show. Listen to Shultz and you quickly get the feeling that he would much rather be a network sports announcer covering NFL games rather than blabbering about politics that underneath the "progressive" act, frankly bores him. Even most DUmmies consider Shultz to be nothing but a phony play actor. Therefore imagine the DUmmie frustration at Rush Limbaugh continuing to DOMINATE the airwaves as you can see in this THREAD titled, "Is there any way to ban Limbaugh, O'Reilly and their ilk from the airwaves?" Well, so much for any DUmmie pretensions of supporting free speech. That is about as phony as Blowhard Ed's liberal act. As to O'Reilly, I don't know why the DUmmies are even concerned about him. His Fox News show is on cable and therefore not covered by the FCC and O'Reilly's radio show is so deadly dull that it is a wonder that anyone even listens. I listened to O'Reilly's radio show a few times and it always brings to mind that old SCTV comedy routine of Perry Como lying prone on a stage singing, "Am I Still Alive?" Therefore I assume the DUmmie rage must be directly almost enirely against Rush Limbaugh. He is so popular and effective in his show that they MUST find a way to rid him from the airwaves. So let us now watch the DUmmies try to come up with a formula to bypass freedom of speech in Bolshevik Red while the commentary of your humble correspondent, willing to become a phony liberal for a day like Blowhard Ed if the price is right, is in the [brackets]:
Is there any way to ban Limbaugh, O'Reilly and their ilk from the airwaves?
[Your best chance for that is to carefully peruse the fine print of the McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform Law. It is chock full of provisions limiting free speech.]
This question touches on the first amendment freedom of speech. But what about speech that provides only hatred, propaganda and divisiveness?
[Hate speech as defined by DUmmies is anything that disagrees with their Bolshevik agenda.]
Can there be any doubt that these people have, through their words and support of a corrupt administration, created damage to our constitution, death to American service people and anguish to anyone with a conscience?
[Can there be any doubt that these DUmmies are mentally unstable?]
I'm not a lawyer, so I don't have the slightest clue as to the point where hate speech becomes unconstitutional. But I'd like to hear your opinions on this.
[You are correct. You don't have the slightest clue. And now to hear about the free speech denial schemes from your fellow DUmmies...]
Sure. The airwaves are a public trust. Just have them declared hate speech or obscenity. Which they truly are.
[You'll need for Howard Dean to be made Chairman of the FCC before that ruling can be made.]
have a Congressional committee declare them "terrorists"
and use th Patriot Act to imprison and torture and execute them.
[This DUmmie is kidding only a little bit.]
I can turn off my TV and radio. But that doesn't
solve what I consider to be the damage they are doing to our country, our way of life and to basic human dignity.
[I can choose not to listen to Rush Limbaugh but I find the fact that millions of people out there are listening to him to be INTOLERABLE.]
I don't see trying to squelch them as a viable course of action.
[Couldn't we declare Rush to be an Enemy of the People?]
Sorry, but I will support their right to say the stupidest, most hateful things about me that they want - when we start saying this speech is good and ok, but that speech is bad and outlawed, we slip into some really nasty areas of who gets to decide which is which. I'd much rather see some laws enacted (or re-enacted) requiring equal time for both sides and probably some penalties and fines for lying.
[Careful. If you enforce that fine penalty for lying, the Democrats will go broke.]
It would kill Air America, but you the only right thing to do... would be to re-institute the fairness doctrine. Other than that there isn't anything which wouldn't impact their right to free speech. And even with the fairness doctrine, they would still be able to say those things, but they would be challenged.
[No need to kill Air America since it is already in the process of committing suicide.]
Yeah. Abolish The Constitution, Acquire A Taste For Hypocrisy And Develop A Fondness With '1984'. Or, we can instead respect the right to free speech even when faced with something we don't like.
[LOUSY FREEPER TROLL!!!]
I never cease to be amazed at the so-called progressives who want freedom of speech only as long as it's speech they approve of.
[And this soon-to-be-tombstoned DUmmie WINS a Kewpie doll for having a brief moment of mental clarity!]
At no point did I say they SHOULD be banned. I merely questioned the limits of free speech. For example, posting an idea such as "assassinating a public official" is a crime. Would you consider this a limitation on free speech?
[Several DUmmies have already been investigated by the Secret Service for posting that idea.]
The crux of what I was getting at was that these individuals have exceeded rational discourse and have, in many cases suggested that people such as you and I are less than "patriotic" and therefore not fit to voice our opinions without being labeled "traitors." And the right to free speech has swung enough morons to go on supporting the lies of a war that has caused countless lives, both American and Iraqi.
[The crux of what you were getting at is that you wanted to ban free speech on ideas you don't like.]
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