We want to control what you read,
see, and hear, so very much.
I couldn’t have asked for a better lead-in
for this column than Hillary “I Wannabe Prez and Order You All About and
Make You Eat Your Veggies” Clinton’s complaints about three anti-Clinton
books that are making her Hard Choices eat their dust in sales. Clearly, the
pseudo-autobiography of all her non-accomplishments is destined overload the
remainder tables of bookstores and the shelves of book warehouses, because its sales
are so dismal
.
I do not know the quality of the three
books critical of the Clanton
Gang
– excuse me, the Clinton Clan – but even a book of Clinton caricatures
or of political cartoons without text would be preferable to reading the
ghost-written mush of Hard Choices. (I
have read excerpts of it – yawners.)
Or perhaps she deserves a book in which
Hillary moderates a panel of would-be mentors in the acquisition of political
power: Darth
Vader
, Josef Stalin, Vladimir Lenin, Pol Pot, FDR, Otto von Bismarck, Adolf
Hitler, and Hubby, with her fielding leading questions from an audience of one.
As for her potential for censorship, see my article, “The
OIC Organizes for Censorship
” from December 2013.
Clinton spared us her spittle and let a
spokesman express his anger over the anti-Clinton books. Alexander Marlow,
writing for Breitbart,
reported on July 25th :
The First Family
Detail
by
Ronald Kessler, set for release next month, will join Clinton, Inc. by
the Weekly Standard’s Daniel Halper and Blood Feud by Ed Klein on
bookshelves. Yesterday we reported that Clinton,
Inc.
has shot up the charts and now both Halper and Klein’s books are outselling
Hillary Clinton’s recent memoir Hard Choices
.
“With Klein, Halper
and Kessler, we now have a Hat Trick of despicable actors concocting trashy
nonsense,” Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said in an interview with
the Washington Examiner
. “Their behavior should neither be
allowed nor enabled, and legitimate media outlets who know with every fiber of
their beings that it is completely made up should not get down in the gutter
with them.”
What does he mean
“not allowed”? The interview doesn’t detail any specific behavior that drew
Team Hillary’s ire beyond the simple act of writing a book. Without the benefit
of full context, it appears as though Hillary’s flack is suggesting the books
be banned. At a minimum he is imploring the overwhelmingly pro-Clinton
mainstream press to freeze out these authors and prevent their ideas and
findings from being discussed on the media stage. 
That’s the lead-in, and an appropriate one,
because if we’re going to discuss censorship, this news is of vastly more importance. It’s news that Hillary the
Harridan would welcome because it would help her books sales.
It’s nothing less than a stealthy move by
the government to regulate book publishing. Thank you, Hillary, for the
overture. Fox News ran a story on July 23rd by Judson Berger, “FEC
Chairman warns book publishers at risk of regulation at heated meeting.

The Republican
chairman of the Federal Election Commission warned Wednesday that his agency
colleagues could try to regulate book publishers, during a heated session over
a forthcoming book by GOP Rep. Paul Ryan. 
During the meeting,
the FEC declined to definitively spare book publishers from the reach of
campaign finance rules. 
This triggered a
clash between Republican and Democratic members, with Chairman Lee Goodman
warning that the deadlock could represent a “chill” for
constitutional free-press rights. 
Paul Ryan’s book, The
Way Forward
, by the way, is not about the virtues of capitalism,
freedom, and freedom of speech. It is about a Republican plan to perpetuate the
welfare state. See The Patriot Post’s revealing review of it here. This makes the proposed
squashing of the book all the more ironic.
Ryan was doing booksignings
in Wisconsin and other states during an election cycle. That’s an FEC
prohibition, because Ryan’s book questions the policies of his opponents.
At issue
during the meeting
was a book by Rep. Ryan, R-Wis., being published by
Grand Central Publishing. Goodman and other GOP members of the commission
wanted the FEC to affirm that the book and its publisher are exempt from FEC
regulation under what’s known as the “media exemption” — the same
exemption that typically lets newspaper editorials, television channels and
other outlets say what they want about political figures without worrying about
campaign finance laws.  Goodman argues that book publishers are entitled
to the same rights. 
The
commission did clear the Ryan book under a separate, more limited exemption.
But they could not
muster the four votes necessary to do what Goodman and other Republican members
wanted. [Italics mine]
“I think
that’s unfortunate,” Goodman said during the meeting, even raising the
specter of book-banning. “We have effectively asserted regulatory
jurisdiction over a book publisher.” 
What were the Democrats’ objections to the
exemption?
Democratic members
of the committee, though, were quick to downplay Goodman’s complaints as a
technical quibble. Commissioner Ellen Weintraub noted that the Ryan book
was still going forward unencumbered by FEC regulations. She said the public
probably doesn’t care “which exemption we use,” and accused Goodman
of using “overheated language.” 
“That doesn’t
mean that we’re banning books, that doesn’t mean that we’re regulating
books,” she said. 
Yes,, darling, it does. If a burglar is
using a lock-pick to break into your home, it means that he intends to rob you
but hasn’t quite jimmied the pins and tumblers. That he hasn’t yet broken in is
irrelevant. The intent is obvious. He’s not there practicing how to break into
his own home should he ever lose his keys. The FEC is in partnership with the
MSM in an unholy alliance.
And no one, neither Republican nor
Democrat, questioned the existence of the FEC, a harpy of the Bipartisan Campaign
Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA)
. Goodman and Weintraub sit on the FEC. Clearly,
they believe that it’s a legitimate vehicle for policing speech.
Remember that the BCRA
is indeed bipartisan, sponsored and lobbied for by Senators
John McCain (R-AZ) and Russell Feingold (D-WI
).  Chairman Goodman of the FEC ought to have
said, “It’s a shame this organization exists at all. It doesn’t and hasn’t
boded well for the First Amendment. We can only go downhill from here” –
to selective censorship of books and ads that may appear during political
campaigns, regardless of the state or other venue, political activism on the
part of individuals donating to candidates’ campaigns, and of spoken speech
itself.
Which, of course, is the slide to
full-scale censorship, whenever the government wishes to impose it and thinks
it can get away with it without anyone noticing.
But the government isn’t the only entity
complicit in the trend to suppressing or regulating information speech in any
form. There is our Left-dominated news media. Scott Whitlock, in his July 24th
Media Research Center article, “Amid
Deluge of Foreign Crises, Network News Shuts Out Obama Critics
.”
Over the last 15
days, the world has been rocked by two troubling and growing international
crises: the shootdown of a civilian airliner over the Ukraine; and the intense
fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. While the three evening
newscasts have offered considerable coverage of the unfolding events, CBS, NBC
and ABC have made almost no attempt to evaluate the performance of Barack
Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry or the administration generally, and
critics of the administration have been ignored….
It’s not as though
Americans were unified in appreciation and approval of Obama’s reaction to the
attack on the Malaysian jet or the violence in Gaza. The President received a
considerable amount of criticism from Republicans and conservatives for attending
Democratic fundraisers just hours after almost 300 airline passengers were
killed in a missile strike. 
Yet, viewers
wouldn’t know it from the July 17 NBC Nightly News, ABC’s World News
or the CBS Evening News. NBC reporter Chris Jansing blandly parroted,
“I asked if there was any consideration of not attending fund-raisers
tonight. A senior White House official said, simply, ‘we are sticking with the
schedule.'” 
No, if Obama broke his schedule of
appearances at fundraisers and golf courses and during a Martha’s Vineyard and
visits to pool halls and burger joints to attend to international crises, never
mind his invasion by invitation by Mexico’s and Central America’s Third World
castoffs, criminals, and illiterates, people might think he’s inconsistent and
unreliable. What would that do to his spotless image of integrity? The MSM must
not contribute to any sullying of his reputation, however disgraceful that
reputation may be. So, we won’t discuss his policy failures at home and abroad.
And when Hillary makes up her mind to run
for the Democratic nomination after her disastrous showing in the book
marketplace, they’ll do her the same favor. After all, documenting her growth
from a skinny, geeky-looking
coed
to a grasping, distaff version of Jabba
the Hutt will only dispel the image of her as a benevolent despot who only
wants to “do good.” Just like her soul-mate, Bill.
Cue “Outer Limits” theme
and narrator:
There is nothing wrong with your newspaper, book,
television set, or news report. Do not question what you see and hear. Do not
attempt to find the truth. We are
controlling the information flow. We
determine the truth.  If we wish to make it louder, we will raise the volume and numb your
brain. If we wish to make it softer,
we will tune it to a whisper, or not
transmit anything at all and you will not know that anything important happened.
We will
regulate the content and when it appears. We
can bias the information, make it flutter, and cause your eyes to cross. We can change the focus to a soft blur,
or sharpen it to crystal clarity, or simply blank out the information if it is
not fit to print or broadcast or otherwise does not comply with our vetted
information standards.
From
now on, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: There is nothing wrong with
the evidence of your senses. You have been inducted into a great social
experiment. Participation is mandatory. Resistance is futile. And punishable.
You
are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from our inner minds to the Outer Limits of
veracity and credibility, to your conditioned docility and gullibility.
“Criticisms
of our policy will incur severe
financial and criminal penalties. Financial ruin and ostracism are guaranteed. Furthermore,
criticisms and infractions of our penalty policies, as well, will earn additional
targeting for legal action against any and all perpetrators. We cannot over-emphasize
these dire and punitive consequences.

Let
us be thankful that we have the Internet as an antidote to the government and
the news media – while we still have a relatively free Internet.