Once again, Senator Jim DeMint, Republican from South Carolina, brings clarity and common sense to the national debate on an issue that Americans hold near and dear.
This time, the issue is the un-American treatment of Juan Williams for the unforgivable sin of revealing his true and honest feelings about Muslims on airplanes.
Feelings, by the way, shared by tens of millions of Americans.
Williams’ comments put panties at NPR in a knot, not because of any factual or journalistic concern, but because his words did not conform to NPR’s far-left agenda for PC mumbo-jumbo.
Because Williams “spoke outside the box,” NPR ruthlessly trashed his free speech rights and terminated his ten- year employment with the network.
Enter American patriot, Senator Jim DeMint.
As reported, in part:
“Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., plans to introduce legislation to strip federal funds from National Public Radio over its firing of news analyst Juan Williams. He said he also plans to seek an end to taxpayer subsidies for public television
“Once again we find the only free speech liberals support is the speech with which they agree,” DeMint said. “The incident with Mr. Williams shows that NPR is not concerned about providing the listening public with an honest debate of today’s issues, but rather with promoting a one-sided liberal agenda.”
“The country is over $13 trillion in debt and Congress must find ways to start trimming the federal budget to cut spending,” DeMint said in a statement. “NPR and PBS get about 15 percent of their total budget through federal funding, so these programs should be able to find a way to stand on their own. With record debt and unemployment, there’s simply no reason to force taxpayers to subsidize a liberal programming they disagree with.”
Hooray, for and God Bless, Jim DeMint!
John W. Lillpop is a Capitol Hill Coffee House staff writer.