Steve Sailer points to an extremely reprehensible attempt by the National Republican Congressional Committee to restrict the freedom of speech of radio talk show hosts.
The National Republican Congressional Committee has filed a seven-page complaint letter with the Federal Elections Commission alleging the hosts of a popular talk radio show have illegally colluded with a Democratic candidate for Congress to oust Rep. David Dreier from office.
According to the complaint, John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, hosts of the afternoon John and Ken Show'' on KFI, have made unlawful campaign contributions by making repeated on-air appeals for listeners to reject Dreier and elect Cynthia Matthews on Nov. 2.
Then there is the hypocrisy of this move.
Dreier was a top adviser for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in his campaign to replace Davis and appeared on the John and Ken Show several times to promote the recall effort. Now that the tables have been turned and an influential Republican is under attack, the Republican Party wants to pull the plug, Kobylt said.
"He's basically complaining that we're picking on him and supporting his opponent," said John Kobylt, who hosts the show with Ken Champiou.
Mr. Dreier, who received a D+ from the Americans for Better Immigration, was targeted for defeat by listeners of the show in August. By taking down a Republican congressman, Mr. Kobylt and Mr. Champiou say they hope to jolt the party into cracking down on the flood of illegal aliens crossing the border from Mexico.
I think the "Fire Dreier" campaign is a great example of populist anger where non-politicians organize their own campaigns to push issues outside of the restricted range of acceptable discourse maintained by the political parties.
John and Ken are motivated by opposition to current immigration policy. They are targetting a Democrat and a Republican in the House of Representatives for defeat based on their immigration voting records.
Congressmen David Dreier (Rep.) and Joe Baca (Dem.) are the choices to be Politically Sacrificed. KFI listeners are encouraged to tell everyone to vote these two hacks out of office. If you want to see their immigration report card and voting records click here. If you missed any of the past interviews, you can listen to them in our Audio Archives section of the website, here.
Aside: While you might think the FreeRepublic web site would be all about preserving freedom some of the FreeRepublic posters do not even see the right to freedom of speech as at stake in this affair. Would the Freepers be more eager to defend John and Ken if John and Ken were only targetting Democrats and the National Democratic Congressional Committee filed a complaint against John and Ken and ClearChannel?
Also, will John McCain stay consistent with his position that political speech needs to be regulated by the government and side with Dreier? This'd be a two-fer for McCain. He can oppose free political speech and support a Republican at the same time.
Also, will Republican or Democratic Party Supreme Court nominees be more likely to side in favor of freedom of speech of radio talk show hosts and to peel back the free speech restrictions in campaign finance law?
As a result of Illegal Immigration, since 2000, 28 emergency rooms in California have closed, including six in Los Angeles County just this year. The report was issued as the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 Tuesday to tentatively approve closing the trauma center at the problem-plagued Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center. They might not be the emergency rooms in your area but it is only a matter of time. Every time an emergency room closes that adds extra burden to the next closest emergency room. This effect is inevitable. Will it take one of your children being in an accident and needing one of these facilities and finding that it has been closed before you see the seriousness of these trauma centers closing?
More than 65 ERs have closed statewide in the past decade and 28 since 1999. Los Angeles County has seen the number of trauma centers, where the most seriously injured can receive critical care around the clock, dwindle from 23 to 13 in two decades, and another one is set to close by year’s end. In addition, six ERs in the county will have shut in 2004 alone.
If we deported the millions of illegal aliens in Southern California the emergency ward closures could probably be halted and perhaps even reversed.
Update II: It is not just the emergency rooms that are closing. Whole hospitals in LA are closing because they can not afford to serve so many uninsured patients (mostly illegals and children of illegals).
Santa Teresita Hospital, Century City Hospital, Community Hospital of Gardena and Elaster Community Hospital all closed this year because of a lack of finances to serve uninsured clients.
Do you live in an area that is starting to see a surge of illegal immigration? Look forward to losing some of your hospitals.
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