A system of limitless individual choices, with respect to communications, is not necessarily in the interest of citizenship and self-government.
-Cass Sunstein, arguing for a Fairness Doctrine for the
Internet in his book, Republic.com 2.0 (page 137).
He has a few other gems on record, but I will not delve into those at this time. Apparently Sunstein has not heard of something called the 1st Amendment to the Constitution, or that freedom of speech is a God given right, which is contextualized in the said Amendment. Sunstein's proposal calls for opposing viewpoints linked on the internet, that would include an opposing viewpoint to this blog, your blog, non-profit organizations websites, and essentially to every place on the internet.
One could only begin to imagine what the internet would look like. For example, my blog may have an opposing viewpoint that says free speech is wrong, or that gun control is constitutional, or that freedom is not necessary. The full ramifications of the effects of this Internet Fairness Doctrine will begin to come out, but I can also imagine something like this: the NAACP website might have links that there should not be an advancement of colored people, and the Center for Missing and Exploited Children's website might have a link to someone saying that sexual exploitation of children is fine and dandy. On the other hand the White House website might have a link to my blog saying that Obama really is not the Messiah, and the New York Times would have links saying that the New York Times is wrong in 99% of the articles they print. No I suspect that this Fairness Doctrine would only be used against some people, and it would be chosen by the current Administration, not by some sense of fairness.
We can see how ridiculous this Fairness Doctrine would be, Sunstein and Obama are really implying that you, the educated American citizen can not make an informed decision without their help, or even search out another opinion before coming to your own conclusions.
I have said it before and I will say it again, I will not be bullied into putting something on this blog that I do not agree with. If you want another opinion, then please search it out on your own. If you do not like what I write, then please point your browser in a different direction, godspeed and may the door not hit you in the ass on the way out. But if you think that you or anyone else can bully me into being "fair" well then you would simply be wrong. Their is a common misconception that we derive our rights from the Constitution and the Government. This is not the case; we derive our rights from our Creator, the Constitution ensures those rights, and the Government is bound by those rights. These rights can not, should not, and will not be taken away. I will defend every single right that you and I have. I do not favor one right over another, and I do not think that you have more rights than I. I'll be damned if the President, or any other government official will tell which rights are "fair", or which rights I do not have. The government can only take your rights away if you let them.
You can learn more about Cass Sunstein at STOPSUNSTEIN.COM
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