Posts Tagged ‘Cass Sunstein’
Today, I sent faxes to both of my Senators urging them to vote NAY on the appointment of Elena Kagan. I wrote of my opposition to her appointment at the end of June, and nothing has transpired to change my mind. In fact, I believe she has been, shall we say, less than forthcoming in her responses to Senate questioning.
The vote may be held as soon as tomorrow (Tuesday) even though one source I found hints at a delay. Now is not the time for us to delay, however. We must make our voices heard yet again.
Join me and many of my conservative brethren by sending faxes to your Senators urging them to vote against Kagan’s confirmation.
I used the Christian Coalition of America’s Fax Congress service, which cost $3.00 total.
Why wouldn’t they be?
Much like the food or drugs they regulate or the job you are chosen for, or the housing you receive, it must be categorized, approved, diverse but standardized, financed, subsidized and inspired by the government, but that’s quadruply redundant isn’t it, comrade?
I read today of yet another veiled attack on freedom of speech by the very informed Bill Clinton. Addressing a Yale graduating class he reportedly
…told Yale seniors on Sunday to listen to people with whom they disagree.
Some of us are, sir, and we don’t like what we’re hearing.
He also thoughtfully warned of some bizarre consequences resulting from info-overload:
…while the country is less sexist, racist and homophobic than it once was, people today only want to be around those who agree with them.
“In our media habits, we go to the television sites, we go to the radio talk shows, we go to the blog sites that agree with us, and it can have very bizarre consequences” he said, citing the controversy over the origin of President Obama’s birth certificate.
Don’t they sell stuff at bazaars?
I’m not buying. As a matter of fact I’m here to return something defective. (Can you say Health Care Reform?) What is bizarre, and telling, is the former President’s lack of understanding as to likely causation of bizarre behavior.
…as information becomes more available, so does the potential for its misuse.
He noted that Faisal Shahzad, the man accused of attempting to bomb Times Square, received a college degree in the United States before flying back to Pakistan to train as a terrorist.
Wait. Did I just agree with Clinton on something? Did he just blame an immigrant for taking advantage of our county only to use that privilege against us? Did he even name a country as the source of the hatred?
He did. But he got back on point soon enough. The cause is not an ideology of hate against America. or Christians, it’s the information itself!
“It shows you that when you tear down all the walls, and you can break through all the barriers of information, that the same things that empower you to get access to more information more quickly than ever before could empower you to build bombs,” he said. “It’s an unstable world.”
We do agree Mr. Clinton. It is an unstable world. We disagree however on what it will take to make it a better place. I and many like me would rather the free flow of political thought not be challenged or obstructed with demagoguery and political projection.
I hold as a tenet that it is the free exchange of religious and political ideas and concepts that have the most promise in our daily discourse and for anyone to suggest censoring or forced diversity and dissemination of ideas runs contrary to the fabric of our nation. But then again, socialism will not be accepted willingly by a free thinking, outspoken people.
I noted in an earlier post that Information Czzzzzar Cass Sunstein’s views are diametrically opposed to the First Amendment. Well, about the same time, as noted by Van Helsing, our well informed Presidente informs us that he is so educated that he has come to a conclusion, and now tells us all that we are too informed to the point of distraction.
While you’re trying to get a grip on that, listen to this. Sounds like there was another informational visionary who opined on this very subject a few years back…
I get it. The whole too much information meme must be why they haven’t read the two thousand page health care bill, or the ten page Arizona illegal immigration law. Makes perfect sense to me.
I, for one, look forward to being happily informed that Obama is a lame duck. And happier still when he and his Marxist/Socialist cronies are informed of their ousting from office.
Here is a better one from The Police…
How can you say that you’re not responsible?
What does it have to do with me?
What is my reaction, what should it be?
Confronted by this latest atrocity
Driven to tears…
Stewart Copeland Rawks!
After listening to Glenn Beck this morning, I decided to find the paper he referenced on this Cass Sunstein guy.
Here is a quote from:
CASS R. SUNSTEIN
University of Chicago – Law School
Harvard University – Harvard Law School
This paper can be downloaded free of charge from the
Social Science Research Network at:
II. Governmental Responses
What can government do about conspiracy theories? Among the things it can do, what should it do? We can readily imagine a series of possible responses. (1) Government might ban conspiracy theorizing. (2) Government might impose some kind of tax, financial or otherwise, on those who disseminate such theories. (3) Government might itself engage in counterspeech, marshaling arguments to discredit conspiracy theories. (4) Government might formally hire credible private parties to engage in counterspeech. (5) Government might engage in informal communication with such parties, encouraging them to help. Each instrument has a distinctive set of potential effects, or costs and benefits, and each will have a place under imaginable conditions. However, our main policy idea is that government should engage in cognitive infiltration of the groups that produce conspiracy theories, which involves a mix of (3), (4) and (5).
This guy is scaaaaary.Â I figure, ifÂ Stacy McCain and Smitty say there are 5 a’s in raaaaacist, then there must be 5 a’s in scaaaaary with regard to this mad hatter. And when I say scaaaaary, I mean insaaaaane. How do these nutcases actually make it through law school? (That’s a rhetorical question.)
The preceding quote was taken directly from the paper here Page 14.
Here is some more lovely info from Wackopedia which quotes his book:
In his book Democracy and the Problem of Free Speech Sunstein says there is a need to reformulate First Amendment law. He thinks that the current formulation, based on Justice Holmes’ conception of free speech as a marketplace â€œdisserves the aspirations of those who wrote Americaâ€™s founding document.â€ The purpose of this reformulation would be to â€œreinvigorate processes of democratic deliberation, by ensuring greater attention to public issues and greater diversity of views.â€ He is concerned by the present â€œsituation in which like-minded people speak or listen mostly to one another,â€ and thinks that in â€œlight of astonishing economic and technological changes, we must doubt whether, as interpreted, the constitutional guarantee of free speech is adequately serving democratic goals.â€ He proposes a â€œNew Deal for speech [that] would draw on Justice Brandeis’ insistence on the role of free speech in promoting political deliberation and citizenship.â€
Yea, that old festering sore, the First Amendment. It needs to be fixed, FIXED I tell you. Can’t have a bunch of people running around, associating with like minded folks just because they want to or they might agree on a position! We must FORCE diversity and differing views into the minds of the ignorant unwashed masses.
If only the Founders knew what we know. Those foolish, idiotic old men. They were drunk, or high, or both to conceive of Natural Law in the first place, why, we now know that there is no god but government. Right?
Please excuse the ranting sarcasm. It happens sometimes.
These are the types of people Barack Hussein Obama has hand picked to be his advisers and czars.
We’ve got a fight on our hands people. These are treacherous, traitorous, treasonous individuals who must be stopped.
God help us all.
UPDATE: The Classic Liberal has more on this, plus a Tin Foil Cat!
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