The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

04 November 2008

Americans Must Fight Democrat Party Clampdown On Free Speech


Fight For Free Speech Has Just Begun

With far-left Democrats now drunk with virtually-unlimited power, the temptation to clamp down on the opposition in a vindictive manner, banana republic-style, will soon prove irresistible.

That's why the remaining freedom-loving Americans are going to have one hell of a fight on our hands. But there is a way to combat Obama's coming thugocracy.

Rather than sulking over Tuesday's losses, let's use these defeats as a springboard to fight for America's future. Why repeat the pathetic behavior of liberals in 2000 and 2004, where depression and threats to leave the country became commonplace?

are stronger. Though evil has prevailed for now, good will win in the end.

If not for brazen assertions by several Democratic Party leaders in recent weeks, such concerns might seem paranoid, but Senators Schumer of New York and Bingaman of New Mexico have made it clear that cracking down on free speech rights will be a top priority.

There's a good reason for placing the repression of dissent on the front burner: with Obama's appeal likely to quickly wear thin (just ask any Massachusetts resident who has had to live under his buddy Deval Patrick for two years), the Dems can't afford to tolerate effective opposition voices.

Let's face it: talk radio is in for a surge of listenership over the next several years as worried Americans look for a place to turn in the face of liberal failure in governance.

If we can keep it on the air despite the planned push by Dems to eliminate it, the medium will prove more powerful than ever.

What isn't much known outside the radio industry, however, is that exterminating our favorite talk hosts won't be painless for the Dems.

That's because most of the current major radio operators are just inches away from bankruptcy, thanks to the rejection of music formats by young people, excessive corporate debt caused by overpaying for station purchases and revenue migration to the Internet. Clamping down on talk radio will kill off these firms for good, yet nearly all of them are run by liberal Democrats who heavily supported Obama during this election cycle.

In addition, there's no way to terminate conservative talk radio without also wiping out Air America and other liberal programs.

So any move to crush Rush, Hannity, Levin and the others comes with a significant price for the left: they must sacrifice some of their own in order to eliminate dissenting opinions. Your Radio Equalizer believes they will turn on these supporters in the name of the "greater good".

Meanwhile, for talk hosts and bloggers wondering what to do next, they should look to Boston (of all places) where conservative talk radio, local bloggers and (perhaps most importantly) the Boston Herald were able to successfully put Obama buddy Governor Deval Patrick on the defensive as soon as he entered public office.

This was accomplished through intense pressure right off the bat. His credibility never recovered.

For voters, the novelty of the Bay State's first black governor quickly wore off once it became clear Patrick was arrogant, unproductive and insensitive to the needs of others. This is exactly how the first days and months of the Obama presidency are likely to play out.

For a refresher on what happened in Massachusetts, here's a great place to start.

Let the left have their celebrations tonight, in a few short months they'll be wondering why they were so excited. It's a classic case of be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.

As for conservatives, we will quickly emerge from this stronger than ever, ready to retake the GOP (from the now thoroughly-discredited moderates) and save America from the ruinous policies of the new fringe-left government.

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  • I appreciate your positive attitude Brian. But dammit, I'm finding it hard to be positive myself. I guess the only thing we can hope for is that he doesn't screw the country up enough, but enough so that we oust him in four years.

    I do hope that conservatives don't fall into the same trap of hate speech that liberals have partaken for the last eight years. In this regard, we need to continue to take the high road.

    By Blogger CowboyBebop, at 05 November, 2008 00:43  

  • Cheer up fellow conservatives the worst is yet to come.

    By Blogger pf1, at 05 November, 2008 01:18  

  • This is no different than Bush's effort to cut funding of NPR and PBS. Your folks had a turn at the plate and last night made it obvious that your guy struck out. It's time to unite under our president elect and give him a chance.

    By Blogger holdypaws, at 05 November, 2008 17:11  

  • When I listen to the radio, by utilizing the dial or buttons that are conveniently placed, I can decide what I want to listen to. It's call freedom of choice. If I don't like a show, what is being said or how it is being said, I change the station. How innovative is that?


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 09 November, 2008 19:48  

  • We'll stand behind our new elected president and give him hell just to keep him honest, same as what the democrats did for President Bush.

    By Blogger Vince, at 16 November, 2008 01:47  

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