Thought to be extinct, Marinicus Republicanus is emerging from its long dormancy and beginning to make itself known. Tonight, I attended an enthusiastic rally of at least 100 people crammed shoulder to shoulder in a beautiful home in Marin. People were informed, excited, and refused to be intimidated by the polls.
Melanie Morgan, former conservative talk show host and founder and chairman of MoveAmericaForward.org, was the big draw. As you might guess given her career, she’s a great public speaker — clear, vivacious, intelligent and amusing. She has one other quality that completely endeared her to me: she’s petite. Indeed, she’s what used to be called a Pocket Venus — a lovely woman from head to toe, only on a someone smaller scale (although at about 5’2″, she’s still taller than I am).
Melanie’s speech touched upon a few main themes, familiar to all conservatives: Obama’s “spread the wealth” socialism, his frightening unpreparedness for attacks against the US (both because of his inexperience and his temperament), the huge risk of a complete Democratic takeover of the government (a government that will be far to the Left of anything Roosevelt, Truman, Carter or even Clinton envisioned), and the death of the conservative media.
As to the last, Melanie warned those assembled to make no mistake: The very first thing an entirely Democratic government will do is pass a bill with the Orwellian title of “Fairness Doctrine.” This will mandate that any radio or TV show that has political content must give equal time to both Democrats and Republicans.
While I can guarantee you that this “fairness” won’t be imposed against MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, or CNN, the Democratic controlled FCC will come down like gangbusters against Fox News, Dennis Prager, Rush LImbaugh, Hugh Hewitt, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, Michael Medved, and any other national and local conservative shows you can think of. The FCC will warn any station carrying these shows that, unless they start airing Air America too (or like shows), they will lose their licenses. And the radio stations, unable to afford the financial black holes of liberal talk radio, will go with the obvious response: they’ll take conservative radio shows off the air. Progressives will still have MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC or CNN (since Democrats profess to believe that these networks are “objective”), but conservatives will have . . . nothing.
But that’s not entirely true. Conservatives will still have the internet, whether written or podcasts. And I think conservatives should start having guerilla radio. During World War II, resistance fighters and local partisans all over Europe set up underground radio stations that beamed real news — not Nazi propaganda — to those who still wanted the truth. Heck, even in the last Harry Potter book, the good guys set up secret radio broadcasts aimed at keeping community alive and thwarting the Death Eaters.
Don’t you love the idea of a secret Rush Limbaugh radio show? Because it will be illegal, it will immediately gain the same cachet as other illegal activities, such as marijuana use or underage drinking. College students will start having parties in darkened dorm rooms, behind locked doors, as they chase the elusive Rush across the radio dial.
Before long, these same college students, their minds finally stimulated by an alternative to the Marxist doctrine taught in their classrooms, will be taking to the streets, demanding that the government “Free Rush Limbaugh.” It will be exciting. There will be riots. Nancy Pelosi will barricade herself in her San Francisco mansion as deeply committed college students mount 24 hour a day protests on her street.
As the streets become maelstroms of free speech protests, the MSM will be forced to report on the story, complete with dire warnings about the dangers to youth from illegal conservative radio. Concerned parents, anxious to know what kind of ideology is sparking their childrens’ behavior, will “try” rush (although few will admit to this kind of mental inhaling).
To their horror, most of them will find themselves agreeing with him. Some will have to go into therapy. Many will go into deep denial. But some, those who have a youthful rebellious streak, will begin covert listening operations as well, and find themselves hanging out at skate parks trying to have the boarders give them info about the next place and time for a Rush broadcast.
After that, heck, anything can happen. Stick around long enough, and by 2012 or 2016, we may have a successful Palin-Steele, or Palin-Cantor, or Palin-Jindal ticket, that can start the long, painful work of undoing all the damage done to America by several consecutive years of unbridled socialist . . . um, Democratic rule.
UPDATE: BTW, Melanie Morgan’s own blog is here.