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The Fairness Doctrine Isn't Enough !

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The Fairness Doctrine Isn't Enough !
We need a truth Doctrine here. Now.
Last night I weakened and switched on one of the many cookie-cutter variety low-brow, rightwing gargoyles whose customary habitat is lie-talk radio.
And there was the horrible Mark Levin, an individual whose physiognomy meshes so perfectly with his voice and emotional life.
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Anyway, this screaming poison played a 46 year old tape of Ronald Reagan inveighing against the evils of the incipient Medicare program, which, you must remember, was only an idea back in 1961.
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What is amusing about this foray into the dear dead Reaganite past is that here is Reagan (whose name was pronounced "Reegan", especially by other right wingers in those days) was Reagan going nuts about how Socialism was upon us and how it would definitely be the end of America and the end of Freedom if this evil public health program for the elderly were to be passed.
Well, guess what....five years later it was passed, and the world and the United States didn't end in a blaze of evil socialism.
In fact, twenty years later, when Reagan was running for president, and later, when he was sworn in....he uttered not a word about abolishing the evil plague of Medicare, of which he had warned us all in such dire tones some twenty years earlier.
And surprise, surprise....Even in the midst of their perpetual denunciations of national health insurance with the very same incantations of the dreaded socialism that Reagan had intoned all those years ago in his effort to scare mom and pop and grampa and grandma out of their right to health; not one, not even a single one of these anti-socialism gladiators, would dare get in front of even the most fevered GOP audience and promise to be the first to eradicate Medicare.
As I write this Peter King is on WABC-AM in NYC openly lying to the audience in tandem with host John Gambling to the effect that national health insurance will bring about the destruction of America and that it has never worked anywhere in the world it has been established.
Well, never mind that the inhabitants of France, Germany, Canada, and Israel, and every other advanced nation in the world seem to be thriving with their national health plans, we ourselves, right here in the USA have over 65 million people on Medicare, which to these lying slobs is "socialized medicine".
And why do the same GOP jerks pick our revered troops upon whom to specifically inflict this dreaded socialism along with gramps and nanna all the while scorching the air with fiery slanders of socialized medicine.
Pretty handy that the Business Lobby came up with some magic words that can stop legitimate debate in its tracks in the land of the free and the home of the knave!
So how can it possibly be that in the midst of their acrid lies and denunciations of what they call "socialized medicine" not one of these heroes ever calls for the termination of the "socialized medicine" we have right here, right now!?
That's Easy.
They know that nobody thinks of Medicare as the evil "socialized medicine" for the express reason that it works and they like it!
So therefore they don't associate that very same Medicare they trust and rely on with anything "evil" like "socialized medicine".
And the GOP Big Business boys know they like it, and also know they would
massacre at the polls anybody who tried to take it away form them.
Need proof?
Just think back only two years to when Mr. Mandate used his "political capital" on trying to snooker mom and pop out of their Social Security. All of a sudden all these "conservatives" weren't so conservative as they mulled over the pig in a poke of private equities against that reliable monthly check. And no scare mongering about bin Laden or "Socialism" could change their minds.
As I am writing this I called in on John Gambling right after the "interview" with the wretchedly dishonest Peter King, R-NY.
I asked the weak Gambling if Medicare was socialized medicine. He seemed caught off guard and stammered that it was, and I then asked him which of the very same GOP candidates crusading against "socialized medicine" would be the first to promise he would put an end to Medicare in deference to our country's great principles of private enterprise.
He hung up.
So let's have no more nonsense about any "Fairness Doctrine"!
We need a Truth Doctrine right here and right now to finally put an end to the steady torrent of destructive, death-dealing bullshit blasted out the anuses of the low-brow, right-wing radio death squads who have been terrorizing America with mass poison for the last thirty years.
And whoever has a problem with simply telling the truth should get the hell out of the business of speaking to the public on the radio.....PERIOD !


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