Obama went on the offensive in a speech he recently gave at Hampton University in Virginia by criticizing bloggers he doesn’t agree with.
“You’re coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank all that high on the truth meter.”
He’s using his bully pulpit, alright–to bully people who don’t agree with him. Since when does the President of the United States take upon himself the role of the Opinion-Cleanser in Chief? Do we now have a Thought-Crime Czar? Where does he get off telling us what ranks high on “the truth meter”?
Last time I checked, the First Amendment makes no such prescriptions. There was no “truth meter” clause written into it by its various authors and signers. Nay, the First Amendment simply grants people the right to free speech, unabridged. In fact, there is no mention made whatsoever of any role of the Commander in Chief.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Perhaps Obama is be thinking that just because it says Congress shall make no law or prescription, that it doesn’t mean Obama himself can’t. After all, it’s not actually written in there that he can’t. Well, perhaps that’s unsubstantiated conjecture, but it would certainly be in line with the lexicographical gymnastics typical of today’s so-called Constitutional law professors.
All of that is beside the point, though. Whether any speech be truth or lies is not for the person holding the highest office in the land to determine or promote. It is up to each individual and his/her own conscience.
“With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations — none of which I know how to work — information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation.”
Emancipation? From what, exactly? He doesn’t say. The media will fill that in for him, though, castigating the middle class as a bunch of rich hypocrites whose income must be redistributed, or some other socialist nonsense. Obama might as well have said, “Don’t be distracted by Fox News. Let me and my own media minions distract you instead with our manufactured crises and by meddling in your personal lives. We promise to never tell a lie. And you can take that to the bank. We certainly did.”