A unanimous federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. made it clear to Obama’s FCC that it has absolutely no legal authority to impose unnecessary, job-killing regulations on the Internet. But instead of accepting the court’s ruling, President Obama and his pals at the FCC announced shortly thereafter that they are just going to ignore it.
Specifically, the administration’s plan now is to quickly side step Congress and arbitrarily change the law so that they can regulate the Internet using arcane rules written in the 1930s for outdated telephone lines.
As the editors of The Wall Street Journal put it:
"FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski did their dirty work ... by announcing that he plans to reclassify broadband lines so his agency can regulate them under rules that were written for Ma Bell in the 1930s. This means subjecting the Internet to new political supervision — from the federal government and 50 state public utility commissions. The goal is to put one more industry under Washington's political thumb.”
Quick question: If the Obama Administration is successful in its underhanded attempt to make government bureaucrats the political gatekeepers of Internet traffic, how quickly do you think it will be before they move to control all Internet content too? Perhaps that’s why Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has called the regulations Obama’s FCC seeks the "Fairness Doctrine for the Internet."
And Blackburn is not alone in that thinking. According to Neil Stevens of RedState.org:
"If the FCC is allowed to put the Internet in the US under those powers, then the Obama administration will have total power to tax Internet users, regulate content on Internet servers, and even institute price controls on Internet services."
Translation: They'll tax you for the privilege of deciding what you can and cannot see on the Internet (i.e. possibly the very alert you are reading at this very moment)... and they'll cripple and choke Internet providers and force them to bend to their will.
Of course, Obama and the FCC don't really have the authority to do what they are setting out to do (and they don't really care... damn the Congress... damn the courts... damn the American people... full speed ahead).
That authority actually rests with Congress... but that means that Congress must act and exert its authority and stop this plan dead in its tracks.
A Marxist Plot To Take Over The Internet?
Obama's FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski may be the man who will attempt to implement this plan to take over the Internet, but an examination of the cast of characters surrounding Genachowski should give any reasonable person cause for alarm.
One of the shadow organizations that is joined-at-the-hip to Genachowski regarding this plan to take over the Internet is an organization ironically called Free Press, which was founded by Robert McChesney.
As WorldNetDaily.com reported, "McChesney is an avowed Marxist who has recommended capitalism be dismantled. He is a professor at the University of Illinois and former editor of the Marxist journal Monthly Review. In February 2009, McChesney wrote in a column, ‘In the end, there is no real answer but to remove brick-by-brick the capitalist system itself, rebuilding the entire society on socialist principles.’"
Free Press’s full-time lobbying operation is credited in the media as being the driving force behind the Obama Administration’s push to take over the Internet. And, the organization’s former communications director now works for FCC Chairman Genachowski as his media liaison.
And just in case you may still doubt the motives of the folks creating this plan, consider some of these additional past comments of the man-behind-the-curtain, Free Press founder Robert McChesney:
"Any serious effort to reform the media system would have to necessarily be part of a revolutionary program to overthrow the capitalist system itself."
"We need to do whatever we can to limit capitalist propaganda, regulate it, minimalize it and perhaps even eliminate it."
“At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies. We are not at that point yet. But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.”
Convinced? This plan to take over the Internet must not succeed. Congress has power and authority over the FCC... Congress must intercede and use that power and authority to stop this plan without delay.