U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, who was recently demoted by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and replaced by Rep. Steny Hoyer, weighed in on the horrible tragedy in Arizona that killed six innocent people including a 9-year-old child, and seriously injured U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
His claim was that the political rhetoric by those who oppose the morally superior agenda of the Democratic Party has somehow led to the actions of an obviously mentally disturbed man. He blames talk radio and the harsh rhetoric of the right in this country, and tries to link their speech to this tragedy.
His solution is to reinstate the so-called Fairness Doctrine, which in his mind will stop this kind of mayhem by madmen.
I'd like to remind Rep. Clyburn that the Fairness Doctrine was enacted in 1949, and in spite of the rules obvious efforts to control free speech, the assassinations of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy occurred while it was in force. All three of these men were killed by left-wing radicals, including one who was an avowed communist. It wasn't until Ronald Reagan was elected president that this awful injustice was overturned.
Although I disagree with almost everything Rep. Clyburn says, I would in no way advocate a law to stop his right to speak his mind. But the people of South Carolina have to ask themselves if they can support someone who would seek to take away a right given to us by God and reinforced in our Constitution.
Dennis M. Perry Sr.