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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Border Security = Hate Speech

by Gary Bauer, Contributing Author: The Fairness Doctrine may be making a comeback in the closing days of 2010. Thirty groups recently urged the Federal Communications Commission to crack down on “hate speech” on the Internet, talk radio and cable television that is “masquerading as news.”

As you might expect, the usual suspects on the Left – groups like the United Church Of Christ, Inc., Rainbow Push Coalition, LULAC, etc. – are part of this effort. Other organizations involved have innocuous sounding names like the Center For Media Justice, Free Press and the Media Justice League. But they are all part of the leftwing movement that seeks to silence dissent by undermining the First Amendment.

Not satisfied with a near monopoly on the media, they want to shut down conservative voices on the air by defining conservative views as “hate speech.” What is particularly disturbing is that their 25-page petition specifically cited the passage of Arizona’s new anti-illegal immigration law as a reason for the FCC to impose draconian new rules on talk radio, the Internet and cable TV.

According to the group’s recent petition, “hate, extremism and misinformation have been on the rise, and even more so in the past week as the media has focused on Arizona’s passage of one of the harshest pieces of anti-Latino legislation in this country’s history, SB 1070.” The petition goes on to describe the Arizona law as “some of the most backward-sliding legislation that has existed since freed-slaves were forced to show their papers in the 1800s.”

Let me repeat this again: The Arizona law is no different than current federal law, which requires that legal residents carry proof of their status “at all times.” It has been reported that California has a very similar, if not identical, law as Arizona, but it just doesn’t enforce it.

Now, here’s some perspective on just how disconnected these groups are from the rest of America. Quinnipiac University yesterday released the results of a new national survey of registered voters on Arizona’s new law. Here are some key findings:
  • By a 20-point margin (51% to 31%) voters approve of Arizona’s new law.
  • By a 13-point margin (48% to 35%) they want their own state to pass a similar law.
  • By a 40-point margin (66% to 26%) voters want “immigration reform to move in the direction of stricter enforcement” rather than amnesty.
  • And, finally, by a 64-point margin (76% to 12%) voters oppose boycotts of Arizona in protest of the law.
If you were running for elected office today, who would you be listening to: the 30 leftwing groups that equate border security with hate speech or the vast majority of the American people? Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has made it clear that it is siding with the radical activist groups against the people of Arizona and most Americans.

The Obama White House and the liberal Democrats in Congress have also made it clear that they intend to push their radical agenda as far and as fast as they can while they can. That means we must be extra vigilant in the next 153 days to guard against any steps by the FCC to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine or anything close to it.

After the elections, conservatives in Congress must make it a priority to protect and defend the First Amendment rights of all Americans from Big Government and leftwing political activists. Of course their success – and our liberty – depends on conservatives winning big majorities on November 2nd.
Gary Bauer is is a conservative family values advocate and serves as president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families. He submitted the above in an email to the Editor. Bauer was a former presidential candidate and served as President Ronald Reagan’s domestic policy adviser.

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Anonymous Catherine Cardoza said...

Obama is trying to grant amnesty despite what we Americans want. He promised amnesty for Latino in trade for votes for the presidency. Prostituting the oval office and these US for votes is disgusting.

Check out Action Alert: ALERT! Obama challenges (another) Arizona immigration law in Supreme Court!

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