How about we apply the so called Fairness Doctrine to radio, television and government? This is only fair, isnâ€™t it? During deliberations between the Senate and House of Representatives in which they compromise on a bill having passed both houses, there must be, according to the Fairness Doctrine, equal numbers of all parties, i.e., Green Party, Democrat Party, Independent Party, Republican Party, etcetera, represented. Where political parties have a limited number of representatives, such as the Green Party, at least one representative should be present. However it is handled, an equal amount of opposing thoughts should be represented during compromise sessions between the Senate and the House of Representatives.
How would Congress react to passing a so called "Fairness Doctrine" bill like this? Are you kidding? There isnâ€™t a chance in Godâ€™s universe that this would even come up as a thought, much less a second thought. Standards do not apply to Congress, nay, any part of Americaâ€™s Republic form of Government, not even the Supreme Court. Why? Because fairness cannot be legislated by/to/for anyone, government not withstanding. Prime examples of this can be found in the Roe vs. Wade case and the former Fairness Doctrine legislation enacted during the later part of the 20th century, which where both overturned.
So, who has a say in what is fair? You do. Every time you turn on the radio, television, the Internet, you have the right of choice to turn the channel; you have the right to write your Congressman/Congresswoman; you have the right to call your television program provider; you have the right to write, call, email, fax, protest for/against, boycott, and the list goes on, and on, and on.
Only you can initiate change and your own sense of fairness by combining forces with organizations, conservative or liberal, such as the ongoing attempt to bolster Air America to combat conservative talk shows. Have at it. No one is stopping you from forming your own organization to combat any number of ideas contrary to your own.
Recently that stimulus money earmarked for A.C.O.R.N. was taken out or lowered during the compromise session that went late into the night yesterday between the Houses of Congress. Funny, how irritated Democrats would try to delay a vote until Friday because they canâ€™t give money to A.C.O.R.N. This, an organization which would register the poorest of the poor, the most uneducated, uninformed citizens, and undocumented peoples (some of whom donâ€™t exist and/or have been dead for decades) to vote in local, state and national elections.
A.C.O.R.N. is commonly acknowledged to be a "liberal" organization. Are they shoving this funding down America's throat to counter the influence of conservative talk radio and television on both casual and die-hard listeners? Sounds to me like the so called Fairness Doctrine is already in play under the guise of â€œstimulusâ€.
How about we apply the so called Fairness Doctrine to the Republic of the United States government and see how long that lasts? I doubt itâ€™ll work. Perhaps, the best way to achieve change in fairness is to get up and get active in our communities, because no law is going to make things "fair" in any sense of the word.