From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-01979

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James Stallings
Swash Park Ministry
South Carolina
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Dear Sirs, I am very concerned about any attempts to bailout,regulate or control the media or the press by our government. It does not matter who is making the attempt, the Executive, Congress, Department, Agency, Czar or committee. It is still a violation of the First Amendment. Our nation has an undisputable history of free markets and free speech and both work very well without government intervention. Yes, greed sometimes has an adverse effect on free markets but there are laws, that which when they are broken, must be enforced to the maximum deterrent. Punishment should fit the crime.Free markets and free speech is not the problem, government is the problem. Free markets when left alone regulate and control themselves. You run your business poorly, you give bad service, you tarnish your reputation and those who support your business will no longer patronize it and you will be forced to either amend for you mistakes or go out of business. No more bailouts. Bailouts only create an environment for crooks and thieves to thrive. Bailouts allow management to be of the opinion, I can do what I want, I can take risk I would not normally take because, heads I win, tales the government bails me out. Bailouts create dependency, indebtedness and control by the one doing the bailout. Government is the problem and creates even more problems,especially when government crosses the boundaries that have been established by our founding document, The Constitution. We are a nation of law and those laws are applicable to both the government and the governed. I will also allow these men to address this matter. I think you may recognizes them by name."That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves." - Thomas Jefferson "Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech or of the press." - Constitution of the United States "Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost." - Thomas Jefferson "Freedom of conscience, of education, of speech, of assembly are among the very fundamentals of democracy and all of them would be nullified should freedom of the press ever be successfully challenged." - F. D. Roosevelt "Freedom of the press is the staff of life, for any vital democracy" (except we are a republic, sometimes I think we have forgotten). - Wendell L. Willkie I implore you sirs to stop meddling in the private sector and stop trampling on the freedoms of the citizens of this great nation, which were not granted to them by government, but by our creator, Jesus Christ. You do not have the right or the power to do so. "Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God." - Thomas Jefferson "Unlimited power corrupts the possessor; and this I know, that, where law ends, there tyranny begins." - Lord Chatham "The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help." Ronald Reagan And I will close with this quote, " Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives." Ronald Reagan And what you men are proposing to do is not protect the people but to inflict harm upon them by the taking away of there liberties and running their lives. Stand down and let freedom ring in the market place of ideas. Let "We the people" control the media and the press. If we do not agree with what is being said or written we do not have to support it. Without the listeners, the viewers and or the readers these companies you want to regulate will self destruct. Thank you sirs for your time and patience. If you do not listen to me, I understand for I am a simple man. But if I were you, I would listen to and adhere to the warnings from the men I have quoted for they were some of the greatest thinkers and patriots who ever lived. With all due respect, Pastor James Stallings.