Wednesday, August 11, 2004

You've a better reason to be anti-them than me

I knew there was something I forgot to do yesterday. I'm mildly surprised at the high turnout, actually. Ottawa had thunderstorms all day, increasing to a tornado watch by the evening. Also interesting: It made the front page of the National Post, but not the Globe & Mail, nor either of the local papers. Is the defense of freedom of speech not valuable enough to display front and centre? The Liberals seem to be resting safe in the assumption that a strong CRTC is good, because they'll be in power forever - not an entirely unwarranted conclusion, actually, but still; supposedly nonpartisan government boards shouldn't be this determinedly political. If the pendulum swings back the other way (and that's a pretty big if), the CRTC could easily suppress speech on the left. I'd be equally against that, but it seems the opinions of citizens at large don't matter against the monolith of governmental whim in the broadcast industry now; why would that change? The powers that be would do well to remember the words of Gerald Ford - "A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have."

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