Douglas MacKinnon

For the dwindling number of people in this country who actually believe in traditional values, it’s time to ask yourselves a question. That being, does the United States of America even exist anymore?

Our Founding Fathers envisioned a great deal when they crafted the documents that set forth the laws and boundaries that would help to govern our fledgling nation, but a mainstream media that would be almost one hundred percent controlled by the left was clearly something beyond their imagination. Should Barack Obama win this election, the socialist and draconian measures pushed by him, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden and Harry Reid, will surely threaten the integrity and intent of our founding documents.

One of the first steps the socialist-four will take will be to censor and ultimately silence Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham and all of conservative radio. By reinstituting the un-American “Fairness doctrine,” they will seek -- much like the former Soviet Union, Hugo Chavez and the Obama supporting regime of Iran -- to use any means to crush dissent and the voice of citizens who disagree with and fear their far-left policies.

Thomas Jefferson was well aware of a biased press and yellow journalism when he said, “The basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” Two hundred and twenty-one years after he wrote those words, any reasoned and honest person would have to surmise that Jefferson would not only be horrified by the “fairness” doctrine, but chilled to the bone by a left-leaning media that willfully ignores the “opinion of the people.”

Does the United States of America even exist anymore? If it did, could a humble citizen like “Joe the Plumber” be so savaged by an Obama worshiping media simply because he dared to ask their candidate an honest and timely question about his plan to redistribute the wealth?

How much different is “Joe the Plumber” from the fictional character Jefferson Smith in Frank Capra’s classic movie, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington?” In that 1939 film, citizen Smith comes to Washington and dares to ask an honest and timely question about an obviously corrupt business practice that involves a powerful congressional figure and his wealthy private sector enabler and puppet master.

Because of that transgression against the powerful congressional figure and his venal benefactor, Mr. Smith is immediately attacked, his background distorted, and his character assassinated. In the movie, the “Taylor Machine” uses all of its resources to smear Smith, have its own in-the-tank “journalists” manufacture and print lies about him, and have its bribed state officials look into Smith’s personal life and then prod their cronies to send out 5,000 telegrams denouncing an innocent man who presumed to ask a pertinent question.

Sound familiar? “Joe the Plumber” has been subjected to much of that and more. Wouldn’t such an attack only happen in a police state and not in the United States of America? Wouldn’t it?

If the United States of America truly existed anymore, wouldn’t one of the tens of conservative billionaires in this nation -- or a group of the hundreds of conservative multimillionaires -- buy one of these far-left media outlets and try to instill some balance in its management and editorial content? Time and again I’ve posed this question and time and again I’ve been told it’s a bad business investment.

Really? Well, to that I say if you fire all of the far-left management, editors and reporters, you would not only restore the dignity of the outlet, but cut well over ninety percent of the employees. With that massive monetary savings, you could then hire a much smaller percentage of ethical journalists and rebuild your readers and advertising base.

Should that not make sense to these wealthy conservatives, then I would ask them how their financial bottom-line is functioning under this liberal media pushed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac economic meltdown? Beyond that, how well will that bottom-line prosper under the Obama-Pelosi-Reid mainstream media supported redistribution of wealth? At what point do these wealthy conservatives step forward?

At the end of the 18th century, historian Thomas Carlyle quoted Edmund Burke as saying, "there were Three Estates in Parliament; but in the Reporter' Gallery yonder, there sat a Fourth Estate more important than they all. It is not a figure of speech, or a witty saying; it is a literal fact ... Whoever can speak, speaking now to the whole nation, becomes a power, a branch of government, with inalienable weight in lawmaking, in all acts of authority."

If the United States of America existed anymore, could this “Fourth Estate” control almost the top one-hundred newspapers in our nation, the major networks, most of the cable networks -- including the Weather Channel, CNBC, and ESPN -- and the entertainment industry? If the nation of our Founding Fathers existed, could this “Fourth Estate” handpick and install an untested, inexperienced candidate who wishes to redistribute our wealth and worse?

There is no greater threat to our liberty and this Republic than a biased media that despises traditional values and only speaks and lies with one voice. Again, Thomas Jefferson may have said it best when he wrote, “He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions.”

If the United States of America still existed, could these lies of the left and the destruction they cause, happen with such regularity?


Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon is a former White House and Pentagon official and author of The Secessionist States of America. (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014)

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