Threatened for sticking with Rush, defiant advertiser declares “Battle for America.”
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The battle for American values is beginning and we will win.
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All his life Mark said he had been taught that a “healthy debate ” was “how you learned.” But he had come to wonder: “Why debate with these people?” he asked rhetorically, “these people” meaning those who had threatened his employees and himself. He compared the task to a line he had once heard — “turning the tide back with a hammer.” The people who had set their sights on intimidating him were “a small number of people” — of that he was certain — but they were intent on “throwing jello.”
All those thousands of e-mails he had received in the days after going on the Varney and Kelly shows were overwhelmingly positive in his support. Not one of his clients, he said — not one — had objected to his speaking out.
Talking over the phone, Mark was still overwhelmed at the response, and the nature of it. “In the USA,” he mused, here were “ordinary people concerned about my being hurt physically” for the simple act of advertising on Rush Limbaugh’s show. It was almost, he said, as if they feared he were a target of a “Mafia protection” racket. Either he did what his critics demanded — or else.
“More than that,” he added, was the sense that all of his supporters in this outpouring were frightened that he “has violated the rules of a totalitarian society.” Some e-mails came from professionals, accompanied by photos of badges or official ID with police forces as far away as Los Angeles. Mark understood. He too had developed this uneasy feeling that standing up in today’s America was “like being an outspoken critic of the government under a totalitarian regime.” He paused. “We don’t have it yet,” he mused, “but it’s too much like that.”
I thanked him for his time. And wondered.
Only this week the President of the United States — the man who led the charge for mandated health care — had attacked the Supreme Court of the United States, a co-equal branch of government, as nothing more than an “unelected group of people.” An attack many saw as an attempt to intimidate the Justices themselves.
The Attorney General of the United States had earlier this year dismissed the idea of prosecuting Black Panthers armed with nightsticks at a Philadelphia polling place as an attack on “my people.”
This came not long after former Department of Justice lawyer J. Christian Adams came out with a book called Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department in which Adams details the transformation of DOJ from the citadel of American justice into “a base used by leftwing radicals to impose a fringe agenda on the American people.”
These being but a handful of the latest incidents in an ongoing surge of political correctness that, as we have previously noted, has focused on attacking the free speech rights of radio or television personalities and commentators Don Imus, Lou Dobbs, Glenn Beck, Pat Buchanan and now Rush Limbaugh. With Sean Hannity and former Alaska Governor and Fox commentator Sarah Palin next in line.
And guess where the startling story of Mark Stevens has not appeared? You got it. He hasn’t heard boo from the Mainstream Media. Meanwhile, over there at NBC News, the network has finally been forced to own up to the fact that it doctored a 911 call from the Trayvon Martin killing suspect George Zimmerman, an “edit” that cast Latino Zimmerman as a racist when in fact his identification of Martin as black was in response to a specific question from the 911 operator.
Taken together, is it any wonder Mark Stevens picks up the urgent sense from his admirers that America is slowly descending into totalitarian depths.
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) makes a point of tracking free-speech issues on college campuses. What they have found is not a pretty picture, as detailed in this interview with Fire’s senior vice president Robert Shibley when the group released a report citing the top 12 colleges or “Censor-U” institutions in the country. From Ivy League institutions (Harvard and Yale) to places like the University of Cincinnati, Syracuse, and Michigan State, FIRE illustrates in chapter and verse just where and how the American Left schools its budding followers on just how to go about shutting down the First Amendment.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
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