I hear a mockingbird outside. Wonder which bird he’s mocking now?
Speaking of mocked, those who stormed our nation’s Capitol are being arrested left and right.
Did they not think taking videos of themselves was a bad idea? That it might come back to mock and potentially ruin them?
They might have been allowed to walk away, something that’s being investigated. But now they’re being hunted down. The FBI has dispersed bulletins with their photos.
One guy was on video throwing a hissy fit when he got to the airport to go home and discovered he’d been placed on a “no-fly” list. He couldn’t believe they considered him a terrorist.
Did he not understand what the word means? Terrorist: a person who terrorizes or frightens others.
There are consequences of our actions. At least there should be. Especially when there is loss of life involved.
Companies are taking away endorsements of the politicians who took a stand against electoral vote certification last Wednesday.
That’s how to get them where it hurts: money. The root of many levels of evil.
Social media network Parler has found their wings clipped. Their host pulled out, Apple took away their app. They’re screaming bloody murder. Saying this could bankrupt them.
We used to have what is called the “fairness doctrine”: The fairness doctrine of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was introduced in 1949. (The precursor was the Radio Act of 1927.)
It was a policy that required the holders of broadcast licenses to present controversial issues of public importance in a manner that is honest, equitable, and balanced.
Broadcasters complained that the Fairness Doctrine was overly burdensome and an inhibition to their coverage and free speech.
The FCC eliminated the policy in 1987, and removed the rule that implemented the policy from the Federal Register in August 2011.
The demise of this FCC rule has been considered by some to be a contributing factor for the rising level of party polarization in the United States.
There is a bill called the Restore the Fairness Doctrine Act. Reinstating it would again mandate television and radio broadcasters to present both sides when discussing political or social issues.
How did we get to this place?
I know this radicalization must have been fomenting underground for many years.
Those who felt disenfranchised may have just been waiting for a way to strike back. Especially at a crucial moment of import.
On another note, now I hear the mockingbird strike up a different melody.
It reminds me that some, when they realize they’ve gone too far, quickly try to change their tune.
And sometimes it’s just too late.
Insurrection of thought always precedes insurrection of arms. – Wendell Phillips