One of the reasons our founding fathers produced the Constitution was so that every person in the majority or minority would be treated with equal respect. It's when people sway from the Constitution for their own personal gains is when the most people cry out with the deepest of "IT'S NOT FAIR."
I think abortion was a perfect example of this. I completely understand liberals when they say that every woman should have a right to an abortion. I don't think abortions should be done, but I respect that opinion.
However, when liberals say that an abortion should be legal just because "it's the right thing," is no reason to simply make it legal. The same is true for the pro-life crowd. We cannot simply make laws based on the idea of "It's fair," because what's fair to one is not fair to another
And it is this idea that separates the U.S. from other democracies around the world. In Europe ideas can be made law that half the country might totally disagree with. Socialized Health care might make no sense to a majority in a particular country, but when it's leaders decide every person "HAS A RIGHT" to medical care and make a law as such, it's NOT FAIR to the rest who think such an idea is bad.
So, in the United States we have many people who want to have their way. And the only way they should ever completely get their way is by abiding by the principles set forth by the Constitution. If it is not mentioned in the Constitution, it should therefore be left to the states (per the 10th amendment).
If it is not mentioned in the State Constitution, it should be left to the people. This policy, set forth in the Constitution by the founders, was set to create equal FAIRNESS for all Americans.
So when I read about liberals in an attempt to re-create things like the fairness doctrine, I cringe. And democrats say that conservative talk radio is being "ridiculous' in creating the fear that liberals want to SILENCE talk radio in any way.
However, when we turn on the Internet and read of liberals like Debbie Stabenow talking about how she is interested in making a law to make talk radio MORE FAIR, we see that these conservative fears are NOT unfounded -- they are scary and UNFAIR. It is the liberals attempt to silence their competition that is UNFAIR, and unconstitutional.
If you don't believe me, check out this conversation between Stabenow and Bill Press:
BILL PRESS: Yeah, I mean, look: They have a right to say that. They’ve got a right to express that. But, they should not be the only voices heard. So, is it time to bring back the Fairness Doctrine?
SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW (D-MI): I think it’s absolutely time to pass a standard. Now, whether it’s called the Fairness Standard, whether it’s called something else — I absolutely think it’s time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves. I mean, our new president has talked rightly about accountability and transparency. You know, that we all have to step up and be responsible. And, I think in this case, there needs to be some accountability and standards put in place.
BILL PRESS: Can we count on you to push for some hearings in the United States Senate this year, to bring these owners in and hold them accountable?
SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW (D-MI): I have already had some discussions with colleagues and, you know, I feel like that’s gonna happen. Yep.
LOOK PEOPLE, THIS WAS A UNITED STATES SENATOR SAYING THIS. WE SHOULD BE SCARED TO DEATH WHETHER YOU ARE A CONSERVATIVE OR A LIBERAL.
Sure Obama has said he's not interested in doing this, but the fear is that you have a liberal House, a liberal Senate, and a liberal President, all of whom hate that Conservatives have a dominant voice on talk radio.
If a Fairness doctrine is returned, or something similar to it, it will be no different than the Alien Sedition Acts of John Q. Adams to silence his competition. It will be a slippery slope.
Imagine if talk radio is suppressed by the government, and 50 years down the road conservatives have control of Washington, and they decide to shut the liberal media up. After all, it is unfair that all those newspapers and TV stations are liberal.
Well, IF WE FOLLOW THE CONSTITUTION ALL THE TIME INSTEAD OF JUST WHEN IT'S CONVENIENT TO OUR CAUSE, FAIRNESS WILL BE EQUAL FOR ALL AND ALL TIMES. WE MAY NOT ALWAYS BE HAPPY, BUT AT LEAST THINGS WILL BE FAIR.
That, my friends, is my Constitutional Rant for the month.