I saw this on Beck last week. The topic isn’t the most important thing. Kindly pay close attention at around 1:25, and again at about 3:05.
The comments about being feeling alone and being empowered, are, in my opinion, why the left wants to ban talk radio, eliminate FOX News, and eventually regulate blogs out of existence. If a person has an idea, sometimes even vague, that something is amiss in society, they may shrug it off. If that same person makes observations that the government isn’t being truthful, or that the promised change isn’t changing a thing, they may let it go. However, if a person reads a blog, watches a news broadcast, or listens to a radio show that explains those observations, and notions, they may hold onto those beliefs. How many of us have had an “OMG” moment when we first read a Conservatively oriented book or blog, or heard a talk-radio or TV program? It’s the idea that they are not alone in their beliefs that encourages people to delve further, to read more, to look into events and policies. We are social beings, and knowing that others believe as we do strengthens those beliefs. Then, the evidence that the right has to support our claims “seals the deal.” (A sense of belonging can go far, but having the truth serves to keep things going for the long term.)
It does not stop there. Ideas are strengthened by social consensus (Not the belonging to a group type of approval, but the validation of what one see’s hears, and thinks). These ideas are confirmed, tested, and debated. Once they are accepted as accurate, they can also be taken to action. A person who knows that others believe as they do will find the strength to speak out, write a blog, show up at a protest, write their elected officials, and otherwise become a thorn in the side of the left. As time wears on, people compare notes, share information, and eventually form movements. As more and more people find that their observations fit what they are hearing, the movement(s) gain momentum, and eventually can change the balance of power.
This is intolerable to the left. Since their success relies upon the elimination of dissent, unsanctioned media must be controlled and eliminated. It happened in the Communist countries, Nazi Germany, is happening now in Venezuela, and will happen soon in this nation-if the POTUS and his Czars are able to pull it off.
Why? The answer is simple. They want us to be disconnected, isolated, discouraged, and (especially) silent. By removing the means to exchange information, they seek to disconnect us from our sense of belonging, and more importantly, real news. They mean to isolate us from information that proves what we see and think. Obviously, this post, or the Conservative Hideout for that matter, wouldn’t be here to allow me to make these observations, or for you to read them…that’s the idea. They want us silent, uninformed, and inactive. That would end our ability to disrupt their takeover of America.
I think this takes me back to some ideas I presented in the past. We need to save videos, quotes, screencaptures, and the like. We may need to move to foreign servers to host blogs or forums. The intrusions will come, perhaps slowly at first, but eventually they will come. We need to be prepared.
H/T: The Classic Liberal, which is on the blogroll here, helped inspire me. Of course, FOX News for covering things the MSM would rather us not know.