Whether we call it "censorship" or "inappropriate control of airwaves by a single corporate entity," something is wrong when a corporation is allowed to be in a position to control what a substantial segment of our population is permitted to see or hear. Semantics are really irrelevant to this issue.
Personally, I share the views espoused by the Dixie Chicks regarding our current president. However, my dislike of Bush has nothing to do with his actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. I prefer not to make judgments without knowing the facts, and when it comes to national security, I believe we have to support our commander in chief, regardless of our personal feelings about him. My disdain for Bush has more to do with his domestic policies, which are devastating our country and will take years to correct. When Bush was governor, Texas had the worst environmental record in the country. He has taken his disregard for the environment with him to the white house. He imposed a ban on any discussion by the EPA of perchlorate, a toxin that threatens our water and food supplies. They can't even discuss it? Which special interest is he protecting by imposing such an unprecedented gag order? Note the recent resignation of the Bush-appointed EPA chief .
Mr. Bush is also pushing to begin oil drilling in ANWAR, one of the country's last great wilderness areas (Alaska). He justifies this by asserting that we need to "break our dependence on foreign oil." However, studies have shown that drilling at ANWAR will do nothing to break our dependence on foreign oil. Much if not most of our domestically produced oil is sold overseas where a higher market price prevails. There is nothing to stop the same situation from occurring with any oil found at ANWAR. Environmentalists have predicted possible species extinctions (e.g. caribou) attributable to Mr. Bush's reckless environmental policies. Fortunately, Mr. Bush is having trouble convincing senators from his own party to back this reckless plan.
Has anyone noticed how horrible the US economy has performed under the leadership of Mr. Bush? I lost $4,000.00 on my stocks the day he became president. Governmental spending has reached an all-time high under Mr. Bush, yet he has signed a bill to give the country a $350 billion tax cut, with most of the benefit going to the wealthy. Even Alan Greenspan, a conservative and obviously extremely well-respected economist (as well as chairman of the federal reserve), has criticized the Bush plan as "premature." When you increase spending and decrease your revenue, the result is deficits. The tax cut is obviously motivated by Mr. Bush's desire to be reelected. The next generation can pay for his deficits, right?