Bush/GOP theocrats: "Save Us From Democracy"

Back in 1812, the Calvinists were in a panic. The Unitarians were growing stronger. Jeffersonian democracy was on the march. Their authority was endangered. Lyman Beecher was hired to defend the Congregationalist's theocratic ambitions. Here is what he said:

The time has come when it becomes every friend of this state to wake up and exert his whole influence to save it from innovation and democracy.

You read that right. Authority must be saved from democracy. A deep vein of Calvinist authoritarianism runs through the paranoid heart of today's Religious Right. That's why the U.S. House voted to gut the Separations Clause by denying attorneys fees to those who challenge Constitutional church/state violations, just the most recent torch put to the founding parchment.

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Equalizing First Amendment Megaphones

Cross-posted from IP Democracy:

A post by Cynthia sent me over to The Nation's web site to check out some of the articles in the publication's July 3 National Entertainment State issue.  One of the first I saw, by filmmaker and political activist Robert Greenwald, struck me as important.  While the piece was aimed at left-leaning readers of The Nation, its message seems to apply more broadly.

Greenwald said that, while his production company, Brave New Films "spent relative pennies on [a] satirical ad promoting its new film, Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price," the ad became "a viral hit" and "the number-two trailer on iFilm."

We used our online expertise (developed in short order over the past four films) and our amazing 150 organizational partners (recruited by our in-house organizer in advance) to solicit and publicize screenings of the DVD in schools, churches, homes, union halls, pizza parlors--any place there was a TV set and a DVD player. We reached 700,000 people in one week with the Wal-Mart film. Likewise, through similar methods, our film Outfoxed hit number one on Amazon with zero money spent on traditional ads.

Greenwald also noted that his Brave New Films associate Jim Gilliam has developed a software program "that anyone can use to host a screening--a political or indie filmmaker, a politician wanting to show a film--anyone who wants to recruit participants for a screening. And it is free!"

But Greenwald, an experienced producer, also understands the importance of high-quality content and storytelling, as well as the differences in media:

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Daily Outrage on the Flag Desecration Amendment

There have been some wonderful diaries on the flag desecration amendment, but it's important enough to throw out another -- and another, and another, every day, until this battle is won. We need to keep the issue at the top of our priorities so political leaders make no mistake in reading the netroots.

The Senate takes up flag desecration next week, in the form of debate about a constitutional amendment that would give Congress the authority to criminalize personal expression.

From what I can tell, the pro-amendment camp is a mere one vote away from watering down the bill of rights. And I'm pretty sure all 50 states stand ready to ratify. So next week is do or die on this issue.

The point of this diary is to expose the bizarre Orwellian inverted-speak at play here. We already know that Republicans are masters at this game. For example:

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The Ghost of Joseph McCarthy

by Michael Stearns Suskind
June 18, 2006

Are you now, or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party? 

This is the question that I heard as a litany in my childhood.  One by one I watched people of great integrity being nailed on this and other questions.  They were given a choice, to out their friends, or lose their ability to live and work in the United States.

Lindsey Beyerstein of Majikthise agrees with Steven Spruiell of Nat.Review.Online that outing a prominent anonymous blogger was newsworthy.  She says, "I'm sorry that Armando of Daily Kos got outed, but there was a real story there: Wal-Mart lawyer front pager at major liberal blog." However, Beyerstein notes that malicious outing is not cool:  "Some bloggers, like T of M-C, have been outed for purely frivolous malicious reasons. Piss off the wrong person and put your career in jeopardy."

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Save the Internet

Currently in Congress, as Americans lose confidence in our foreign policy, there is a little known battle playing out that has drastic First Amendment implications. Large communications companies such as BellSouth and Verizon are fighting hard to create a "tiered" internet, where those who pay more get the best access.

In response, Congressman Ed Markey has proposed the Network Neutrality Act of 2006. Markey stated, "[the Act offers a] choice between favoring the broadband designs of a small handful of very large companies, and safeguarding the dreams of thousands of inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. This legislation is designed to save the Internet and thwart those who seek to fundamentally and detrimentally alter the Internet as we know it."

The internet has been a tremendous development that has transformed communication and dialogue in a way never seen before. Corporations want to turn it into a medium controlled by a select few, like television. The internet provides everyone with a voice to speak to anyone in the world at anytime. These companies want to change that. We need to fight back. Support Markey's bill and read today's New York Times editorial...Go to:


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