Posted by: Debby Durkee | December 15, 2010

FCC intends to silence the Internet.

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FCC intends to silence the Internet.

December 21 is the shortest day of the year, and it is also the day that the Federal Communications Commission plans to vote on “Net Neutrality.” A better name for that might be “Government Takeover of the Internet” or the “End of Free Speech Online.” President Obama couldn’t get this through his Democrat Congress, so he and his old law school buddy, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, have plotted to have it pass on a 3-2 party-line vote on the darkest day of the year. Can the new Congress grow a spine and reject this power grab by friends of Obama? Oh, and don’t let the Orwellian-named group “Free Press” fool you. They should be called “Slave Press.” This is from Phil Kerpen of the Washington Times.

…The left is trying to strike a blow against the free-market system itself, as the leading proponent of these regulations, Robert W. McChesney, founder of the lobbying group Free Press, made clear when he said:

“… we have a long way to go. At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies. We are not at that point yet. But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.”

The FCC’s chief diversity officer, Mark Lloyd, co-authored a Free Press report calling for severe regulation of political talk radio. Mr. McChesney’s big-picture strategy looms large at the commission, and the new network-neutrality regulations will move us toward his goal by chilling innovation in network practices and business arrangements by adding unnecessary regulatory interference.

While the FCC is legally an independent agency, under Mr. Genachowski it is a clear extension of the White House. President Obama himself said: “I will take a back seat to no one in my commitment to network neutrality,” and the White House has endorsed the FCC’s latest power grab… Snip –

…More than 300 members of Congress signed letters of opposition to FCC Internet regulation…During the recent election, the issue proved an embarrassment for Democrats. A group called the Progressive Change Campaign Committee touted a net-neutrality pledge signed by 95 candidates. All 95 lost. Snip —

…the House should pass a joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act, overturning the network-neutrality order. Senate Republicans then can force a Senate vote with a petition of just 30 senators and force a floor vote that would require just 51 votes to pass. The Congressional Review Act would protect the privileged resolution from filibuster. The Senate has 60 legislative days from when the order is issued on Dec. 21 before the privileged status is lost.

Using the Congressional Review Act would require just four Democratic senators to join Republicans in saying the FCC should not be permitted to create for itself vast new regulatory powers. If it succeeds, it will dare Mr. Obama to concede and suffer a political loss as Congress asserts its power, or veto it and take full ownership of completely disregarding this election to keep pushing left with ever more government control. Either way, it would be a huge statement from Congress that regulatory power grabs will not go unnoticed. Snip –

If the FCC can get away with this, expect the Environmental Protection Agency to be emboldened in its backdoor “cap-and-trade” efforts and the National Labor Relations Board in its backdoor card-check efforts. Expect the vast new regulations from the Department of Health and Human Services and the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under the health care and financial regulation laws to be extremely aggressive.

Stopping the FCC is critical to remind President Obama and all the bureaucrats that Congress is elected by the American people to make the laws in this country.

We already have the United States Air Force blocking newspaper sites that have published the WikiLeaks stories: http://washingtonexaminer.com/politics/2010/12/air-force-blocks-media-sites-post-wikileaks This seems a bit like the camel’s nose under the tent. If the information is out there, why should the government in any form block it from American citizens? Does this not seem more like something China would do? And if you answered yes to that question, what is the next step toward totalitarianism? Here are the Communist Manifesto’s short term demands that I pulled from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Communist_Manifesto :

1.        Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.

2.        A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

3.        Abolition of all right of inheritance.

4.        Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

5.        Centralisation of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.

6. Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.

7.        Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.

8.        Equal liability of all to labour. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.

9.        Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country and by a more equitable distribution of population over the country.

10.     Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production.

How many of those are already in force? How many are they trying their best to put into place? We have a national bank – the Federal Reserve. Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac have control of credit as far as home loans are concerned. We have a progressive income tax. Why the big stink over “tax cuts for the rich”? Because they don’t think the tax code is progressive (or graduated) enough. Why the stink over the death tax? Because they don’t want the peons inheriting anything. We already have public schools, and the government gets more involved in those everyday as our children grow dumber and dumber. We already have Government Motors. You’ll have to discern on your own about many of the other points, but one of the biggies is taking over the means of communication. Without an actual free press, which is more and more located on the Internet and talk radio, we will lose our battle with the leftists who dream of taking over the United States of America. This is a biggie. Holler at your congressman.

Read it all here:  http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/dec/14/silencing-voices-of-internet-dissent/?page=1

Hat Tip: http://www.pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/.

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