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A tyrant’s thinking

Just can’t improve on IBD’s title, so I swiped it.

A member of the Federal Communications Commission appears to want Washington in control of broadcast news. What a shame that people with such ideas are placed in positions of power.

The FCC’s Michael Copps suggested last week that a “public value test” should determine who holds broadcast licenses for television and radio. Speaking at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, he said he was looking for “a renewed commitment to serious news and journalism.”

So are we. We’re weary of the hard-left bias ever so present in the media. We’re fed up with celebrity treatment of all those on the left and contempt for all those on the right who aren’t Republicans in name only. We’ve had enough of a press corps that makes no effort to understand economics and keeps promoting tired, freedom-choking, statist ideology.

We’ve been frustrated, as well, by networks that keep framing the issue — by 6-to-1, according to the Media Research Council — as a debate about “tax cuts for the rich” rather than a simple continuation of current rates.

And we’re still dismayed by the media’s refusal to look into Barack Obama’s thin background during the 2008 presidential campaign, while digging up everything they could on Sarah Palin to portray her as an inexperienced ditz.

But there’s another difference between us and Copps: We’re not willing to use the police power of the state to force the outcome we prefer.

And liberals, on the other hand, absolutely require it. I’ll quote Jefferson again here: “It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”

Read it all. Read it, and get good and mad at these petty dictators and what they’re doing to our country. A lot of people will waste a lot of breath decrying “incivility,” condemning partisanship, and bemoaning the “anger” out there. But if the anger is justified by the actions of our ruling class, I don’t see one damned thing wrong with it, or with expressing it openly. In fact, I see a lot more wrong with insisting on treating with would-be despots civilly, which de facto amounts to acknowledging their arrogation of blanket power over us, granting validity to their unconstitutional presumptions, and extending them and their ideas a courtesy they in no way merit.

Those of us who love liberty and revere the Constitution need to be angry. In fact, we need to be goddamned good and pissed off. A relaxed, lackadaisical attitude towards creeping, soft tyranny is what got us where we are; a willingness to accept these outrageous, anti-American encroachments for the sake of playing nice or taking the higher road will never extricate us from this sorry situation.

Civility is useless here. Anger at the usurpations of hard-Left megalomaniacs is entirely right, just, and appropriate. Anything less is just pissing in the wind. I’m content to leave the civility to the pusillanimous, ineffectual elites that insist on it above all else. They will never be part of the solution to all this, forever sidelined by their inability to admit what’s happening under their very noses, hamstrung by their puling desire to “get along” with people who of right ought to fear being ridden out of DC on a rail and sent back to well-deserved obscurity clothed entirely in tar and feathers. But righteous anger, managed properly and directed accurately, backed by will and reason, most certainly will.

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