Now we Turn Another Page… TRUMP THUGGERY: Trump Takes A Page From The Left, Threatens NBC License

As Susan Wright noted earlier, NBC reported this morning that Donald Trump “wanted what amounted to a nearly tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal” — a ludicrous request that appears to be what prompted Rex Tillerson to call Trump a “moron.” In typical authoritarian style, Trump is responding by denying the story . . . and also by threatening NBC’s broadcast license:

Do we believe the NBC story, to a point, yes. NBC, like CBS and all the acronyms that boost themselves as major media producers tend to shade the truth. But that is not the point as Patterico states:

The point is that we should all come together — all of us, every single one of us — to oppose this sort of anti-speech thuggery.

The left has a long and rich history of using the power of government regulation to threaten speech they don’t like, with threats to broadcast licenses being a particular favorite of the thugs. I documented just a few of the examples in a post from 2010:

Whether it’s Democrats’ threatening to pull Fox News’s broadcast license because they don’t like the content; or Harry Reid & Co. writing a mafia-style letter threatening ABC’s broadcast license over “The Path to 9/11”; or the DNC threatening Sinclair Broadcasting’s broadcast license over an anti-Kerry documentary; or Obama’s thugs threatening networks’ broadcast licenses over criticism from the NRA; or, most recently, Kathleen Sebelius suggesting that insurance companies had better not claim they’re raising rates because of ObamaCare, or they may find themselves regulated out of existence . . . based on these examples and many more, the public has a special need to fear Democrats’ bringing down the hammer when they engage in free speech.

Now will this is officially going to become a position of the “right” as well? As least the idiot portion of the right — a group too large for comfort. And don’t kid yourself. With all the “fake news” caterwauling we constantly hear, Trump’s latest suggestion is sure to appeal to the some.

These would be the same authoritarian and reactionary types that live with the left, the progressive liberals that want to control it all.

What concerns us mostly is that neither Trumper nor anti-anti-Trumper will spend a single solitary moment denouncing the thuggery on full display.

And we as Americans will look from Trumper to anti-anti-Trumper, and from anti-anti-Trumper to Trumper — to provide guidance. But once again they are looking in the wrong place.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

We have railed about these sort of abuses for the greater part of our existence. We and George B were booted from WNWS because we raised our voice over JEA’s expansion plans into Telecom, West Tennessee Health Care’s expansion into about everything, the cities waste on playing baseball but until now, we have never seen it happen on the right. If it did, we missed it. We used to think of this sort of threat as an exclusively leftist tactic. And it is. But now it will be cheered by the right, because of Trump.

It is one of the few things we hate most: seeing the power of the government used to threaten or squelch speech. That behavior has been characteristic of every murderous authoritarian regime in modern history, and any politician taking even a step down that road should greatly concern every American citizen.

If you are defending this because it’s Trump, We have nothing in common with you. You are part of the problem.

To the rest of you: we would wish you join in denouncing this. I don’t care if the left denounces it too (as they inevitably will). The Trumpers and the anti-anti-Trumpers don’t understand this, but what’s right is right . . . even if the left happens to agree!

If you don’t understand that, then you’re letting the left dictate your belief system. You’re a sheep, and you deserve to be led to the metaphorical slaughter.

H/T to RedState

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