Limbaugh’s Right To Be A Fool On The Airwaves

It’s one thing Rush Limbaugh to suffer the consequences of his remarks about Sandra Fluke. According to the left-leaning ThinkProgress, Limbaugh has lost 141 advertisers. If Limbaugh ends up losing his show because of lost advertisers (something I doubt will happen), he only has himself to blame.

Unfortunately, for many activists on the left, their true motive is thought control. That’s the only explanation for the proposals by feminist activists to have the FCC shut Limbaugh down.

Their claims about acting in the “public interest” and protecting “the people’s airways” ring hollow. Eugene Volokh thoroughly debunks these claims, quoting a Supreme Court ruling that states “a central tenet of the First Amendment that the government must remain neutral in the marketplace of ideas.” It doesn’t matter if the speech in question occurs on “the people’s airways.”

The authors claim this isn’t about Limbaugh’s politics. So where is their condemnation of Bill Maher, Keith Olbermann, and other left-wing pundits?

This absolutely is about politics. As Volokh writes, “they’re urging the government to suppress Limbaugh’s speech based on the ideology that it expresses.” I rarely agree with socially conservative viewpoints. But I don’t want these views censored. Debate the ideas, point out the errors, convince others, or turn off your radio/television if you don’t want to hear it.

Government-imposed silence is unconstitutional, un-American, dictatorial, and dangerous. Once you turn to the government to silence ideas, don’t be surprised when someday the government silences you.

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