A Word to Dick Durbin On Our ‘Inside Voices’

by Joe Keck

Democrat senator Dick Durbin, from Illinois, in The Chicago Sun-Times last week said,

durbin“Everyone, regardless of the mode of expression, has a constitutionally protected right to free speech. But when it comes to freedom of the press, I believe we must define a journalist and the constitutional and statutory protections those journalists should receive.”

Oh really? Hmmm . . .

As usual, when a Democrat – and admittedly, some Republicans – uses the word ‘we’, what he means is The Federal Government.

Insulting, isn’t it?

You know, like when a mother tells her child, “Let’s use our inside voices, okay honey?” What she really means is that the kid is being too loud. And with a four year-old, provided his mother is a good parent, he’ll most likely quiet down.

Tyrants are always wanting We, The People to ‘quiet down’ with tools such as those Durbin would like to use.

If only that damned Constitution wasn’t in the way.

Hey Dickey, sweetheart? Listen to momma, now. How about if We, The People, as opposed to You, The Government, decide whose journalist goods we buy much like We decide whose mercantile goods we buy. If, as James Gregory, Dianne Sawyer, George Stephanopoulos, Peter King, and many others, want to sell us re-manufactured Leftist Propaganda, then We might want to pass by that table of wares, move on to the next table in search of quality, well built Press-related goods.

Mr. Durbin, please understand, I’m not disparaging or in any way condemning your decision-making abilities. No no, not in the least. Why, how could I when you’ve made such excellent moves in the past? Like when you sold more than $115,000 worth of stocks and mutual-fund shares and used much of the money to invest in Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. What a great idea that was! Considering it was done the day after then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke urged congressional leaders in a closed meeting to craft legislation to help financially troubled banks.

I must admit, that was a crafty move. If We, The People, had the connections you have, We might have done the same thing. But then, We are merely the peon class, citizens without the privileges of such internal information as that. As simple working Americans that lack the life-skills and intellectual prowess of You, a Government Newspeak Professional, how can We, The People, in all our infantile, vulnerability ever imagine ourselves wise enough or hope to achieve your level of sagacity? Especially with the Inside Trader knowledge you and all of your Capitol Hill colleagues are privy to. Indeed, how can we be expected govern our own cognitive machinations to the point where We, The (mere) People, can discern what is true journalism and what is stealthy prevarication?

How in heaven’s name can we ever hope for such abilities?

Oh, wait! I know.

We can use our ‘inside voices.’


About the Author

Joe Keck is a writer of horror, thriller, suspense, and other fiction, some poetry and music, with the occasional op-ed piece on current events, politics, and theology. Although born in Oklahoma, he was taken to Los Angeles when he was an infant, or as his mother described, "the ugliest little thing I've ever seen", and raised there on the West Coast. He considers himself to be far superior to most on the artistic merits of film and literature, seeing the vast majority of such to be well below adequate. He has four novels and many short stories to his credit, and hopes to one day have them published, promising to hold critics like himself in harsh derision. He's currently restoring a Jason 35 sailboat and plans to sail the world, writing horror stories, and marveling at the illustrative works of the Creator and His Divine story-telling imagery. You may Find Joe's Website at http://www.joekeck.com/

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