The Pamphleteer Revisited

You have seen the famous painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware” by Emanuel Leutze. The painting captures the December 25, 1776 crossing of the Delaware by George Washington and his troops on their way to attack the Hessian force in Trenton, New Jersey. The Continental Army’s subsequent victory would prove to be the turning point of the American Revolution.

Just days before the attack, Washington had ordered “The Crisis” by Thomas Paine read aloud to his troops. It began with the words “…These are times that try men’s souls; the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” Many of the men listening to those words were shoeless, their bloodied and battered feet wrapped in rags against the snow and ice. The situation was grim. But the words of a pamphleteer served to boost their morale.

A pamphleteer is defined as “a writer of pamphlets or other short works taking a partisan stand on an issue.” Today the internet may have replaced the printing press and the blogosphere the pamphlet but the end result is the same; the public conveyance of an idea or a belief. It is men like Paine and Washington that secured for us the right to freely express our opinions and share our beliefs in a public forum.

The Obama administration aided by the so-called “mainstream media” is actively seeking to limit our freedom of speech. You may have heard of net neutrality. That is the pet project of Socialist Robert McChesney and his so called Free Press. McChesney is an advocate of what he calls “media reform.” He wants a state controlled media. He wants Pravda. The Federal Trade Commission is drawing up plans to “reinvent journalism.” A discussion draft (POTENTIAL POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS TO SUPPORTTHE REINVENTION OF JOURNALISM) has been published. And whose name do you suppose figures prominently in that paper? Whose writings is the FTC basing their findings and recommendations on? Why none other than the avowed Socialist and champion of a Pravda-like media, Robert McChesney. –Lew-

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