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FCC Terrorism

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FCC Terrorism

Dear Senator Cornyn and Senator Hutchison,

Free speech is the most basic element of democracy. Diversity of opinion is the crucible by which ideas are measured. A free press is one protected even when the speech is not agreeable. In the absence of diversity, bad ideas are never challenged. There is no democracy without free speech. 

I am horrified by the repeated attempts of the FCC to lift media ownership limits. It is happening again! The FCC has become an enemy of the people. Our own trustees have betrayed us. Consolidation of media resources dilutes opinion and shouts down diversity.

Through this aggregation and consolidation, free speech is violated and democracy is compromised. This is nothing but open warfare against our democracy by corporate, for-profit, for-power interests.

The very fact that NONE of the mainstream media is covering the FCC actions is an incitement to the severity of the issue. And why would the mainstream media report this attack? They are sponsoring the action. This country is not by the corporation and for the corporation!

Now some might spin media consolidation as good for free speech. This is simply double-speak.

If Jefferson or Madison did not have the ability to project their voice (through the media) their differences of opinion would never have resulted in our great nation.

A whisper can change the world, but it must still be heard. The megaphone shouting that results from media consolidation drowns out the whispers of the people. It is no less than corporate propaganda.

Even if you don’t agree with me on the basis of free speech, please consider the effects that media consolidation has on the over all quality of what is presented.

  • Media consolidation results in content that is targeted at the lowest common denominator.
  • Media consolidation is a large part of the de-intellectualization of America.
  • Media consolidation is not concerned with values…it’s concerned with profits. The standard for entertainment becomes base and barbaric.

At what point will ultimate fighting become “pay-per-view” tickets to criminal executions? Perhaps you believe public executions would be a good thing? Without free speech, an informed debate can not happen.

If the media is consolidated, they will decide public opinion.

This should speak to your moral center. Alternatively, it might speak to your political heart. If you want to protect your values and the voice you need to communicate those values, you must struggle against media consolidation.

The FCC should be lowering media ownership caps not raising them.

Money, power, profit, greed...these are the virtues that you support if you do nothing to stop and reverse media consolidation. If you remain idle on this issue, you will become part of the problem.

If you do not put a stop to this erosion of the Constitution, you will violate your oath and become an enemy of the people. You toss around talking points about the War on Terror... The worst form of terrorism can emerge within our own government.

The worst form of terrorism can emerge from your office.

  • Please don't join with the corporate terrorists that would undermine our great nation.
  • Please don't side with media moguls that seek to exploit Americans.
  • Please don't let your patriotism be bought by corporate interests.

It should be noted that of the countries the United States of America criticizes, 100% of them lack a free press.

Ultimately, information will be free. Ultimately, the people will see the truth.

What it means to be a Republican has been thoroughly corrupted by the Bush Administration and insane influences by religious extremists. Republicans now represent all that is wrong with America.

  • God isn't going to prevent media consolidation.
  • God isn't going to protect free speech.
  • God isn't going to preserve our life, liberty, or pursuit of happiness.

And if you disagree, then we truly are damned.

Your remit is scoped by the Constitution and backed by "We the people."

  • You must defend against media consolidation.
  • You must protect free speech.
  • You must preserve our liberty.

Only you can do these things...and the people need you.

We the people need you to stand strong against media consolidation.

What is most sad is that you, Senator, will probably never see this letter...because of media consolidation... the media consolidation that happens right in your office.


Richard A. Wermske
Citizen and Voter

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The product of multi-generational paternal dysfunction, I practice healthy recovery (sobriety date December 11, 2001).  I am endogamous in my close personal relationships and belong to a variety of tribes that shape my worldview (in no particular order):

☯ I participate in and enjoy most geek culture. ☯ I am a practicing Buddhist and a legally ordained minister. I like to believe that people of other spiritual/faith systems find me approachable.  I am a member of the GLBTQA community -- I married my long-time partner in a ceremony officiated by Jeralita "Jeri" Costa of Joyful Joinings on November 18, 2013, certificated in King County, Seattle WA. We celebrate an anniversary date of February 2, 2002.  I am a service-connected, disabled, American veteran (USAF).  I am a University of Houston alumnus (BBA/MIS) and currently studying as a post baccalaureate for an additional degree in Philosophy and Law, Values, & Policy.  I am a retired Bishop in the Church of Commerce and Capitalism; the story arch of my prosecuting and proselytizing the technological proletariat is now behind me.  I am a native Houstonian (and obviously Texan).  At 50 years old, I am a "child of the sixties" and consider the 80's to be my formative years.

As I still struggle with humility, I strive to make willingness, honesty, and open mindedness cornerstones in all my affairs. Fourteen years of sobriety has taught me that none of "this" means a thing if I'm unwilling, dishonest, or close minded.  Therefore I work hard on the things I believe in --

  • I believe we can always achieve more if we collaborate and compromise.
  • I believe that liberal(ism) is a good word/concept and something to be proud to support.  The modern, systematic corruption of liberal ideas is a living human tragedy.
  • I believe in a worldview founded on ideas of liberty and equality. The pragmatism of this site and my journey is rooted in both classical and social liberalism.
  • I believe in democratic elections and institutions including a media free of commercial and governmental bias.  Liberty and equality perish when a society becomes uneducated and/or ill-informed.
  • I believe in diversity of life and ideas.  Life and ideas can only flourish when the gene pool is vast and abundantly differentiated.
  • I believe in advancing balance in civil, social, and privacy rights such that all of humanity is continuously uplifted.
  • I believe in separation of church (spirituality) and state (governance) -- with neither in supremacy nor subjugation.
  • I believe in private (real or tangible) property explicitly excluding ideas, knowledge, and methods; such non-tangibles, by natural law, being free for all humanity and emancipated at conception.

While change and the uncertainty of the future may be uncomfortable, I do not fear the unknown; therefore:

    • I believe I must be willing to make difficult choices, that those choices may not be all that I desire, and that such may result in undesirable (or unintended) consequences;
    • I believe we must be willing to make mistakes or be wrong; and I am willing to change my mind if necessary.
I undertake to abide the five precepts of Buddhism; therefore:
  1. I believe it is wrong to kill or to knowingly allow others to kill.
  2. I believe it is wrong to steal or to knowingly allow others to steal.
  3. I believe in abstention from sexual misconduct.
  4. I believe it is wrong to lie or to knowingly allow others to lie.
  5. I believe in abstention from non-medicinal intoxicants as such clouds the mind.

Suicide, major depression, borderline personality, and alcoholism are feral monsters ever howling at my doorstep. However, despite my turbulent and tragic past, rare is the day where I have to rationalize, defend, or justify the actions of that person I see looking back at me in the mirror...

Network neutrality is the principle that Internet users should be in control of what content they view and what applications they use on the Internet. The Internet has operated according to this neutrality principle since its earliest days. It is this neutrality that has allowed the internet to innovate and grow. Without equal access the internet dies.