These ads were in real bad taste though. I really don\'t think Kerry will have any problem getting his ads on all the networks when the time comes. (if the intern scandal doesn\'t grow legs that is) His ads will have some class to them and not go into black helicopter-bush is hitler land. There seems to be a line that you can cross and not get your viewpoint out there on mainstream TV. For instance, Michael Moore has managed to get his assesment of GW out as a deserter. (General vs the Deserter) The facts seem to come in that this title is a bit extreme, techically. But he got that and alot of other messages through. When you go further though and litterally call our president \"Hitler\", the networks won\'t have anything to do with that. It really comes accross as childish and un-serious and lacking in class so they won\'t run that stuff.
Also,Speaking of Hitler, lets not forget that he disarmed his people before abusing them. Bush on the other hand enabled Texans to train and carry concealed weapons while he was Governator here. Ashcroft has declared that the 2nd ammendment does mean \"the people\" and not a standing army like the national guard. In the end, I have to place more trust in the capitalists extremists that are not planning to disarm everyone than the lefties that are all about gun conficsation (they call control but their stated agenda is disarmament). Also, when the rubber hits the road, it comes down to this. When judging a country and its basic freedom, I ask one simple question of its people. \"Can you leave your country and move freely about it?\" The most oppressive regimes, many of them communist oriented, will not let their people leave thier country. THEY ARE PRISONERS in their country. N Korea, China, Russia at one time, Cuba. We can all leave this country any time we want. Hell, as we have seen, even Mexican citizens can come and go as they please from their country. I don\'t see us heading down that road just yet but I\'ll keep my eyes open.
Also, don\'t forget, that everything and I mean everything is readily available to anyone who is willing to read a little bit at the book store or the internet. Barnes & Noble, a mainstream store carries all the political spectrum and conspiracy books, anti Bush books & magazines. I know because I read them and keep up with some scary stuff. Its out there if you are not lazy and let the 3 networks do your thinking for you.
Problem is that we have dumbed down people so much that they don\'t get out there and research things.
As Nick said, beware of anything to control or censor the internet. Here are a couple things to watch out for.
1. Flooding the internet with crap and BS and missinformation and kooks and all sorts of unreliable and contradictory stuff. I think this is happening right now. It may just be natural but if I was a PTB (power that be) and wanted to discredit the internet, I would flood it with never ending crap and contradiction and make it a buzzword \"where did you hear that stupid stuff, on the internet?\" In fact, I have been asked that many times now so this is working.
2. Offer some extremely high bandwith video on demand or service that is tottaly disconected from the current free internet. In other words, try to obselete the internet and replace it with something that the PTB control. I don\'t know how feasible this is but watch out for it.
And folks, please keep in mind, no matter how you feel about guns, history has consistently shown that when governments disarm their people, they abuse them severely with impunity until an evil country like the U.S. pulls a regime change on them. Crime is bad I know but it would still take us hundreds of years with our crime rate to lose the amount of people that Hitler and Stalin killed of their own citizens in a handfull of years. Governments are indeed very dangerous so watch out. Also, in case nobody noticed, murder can be reduced drastically by leaving killers in jail. There is an 11 year old girl kidnapped on video tape and killed in Florida that can attest to that. Her killer was supposed to be on death row at one time and somehow got out legally. There are so many asinine things that we are doing about crime that are not the fault of firearms.
Dave (wearing his Texan Redneck hat)