FCC considers shutting down stations that say ‘Redskins’ on air; could ‘tea party’ be next?

Democrats in the Senate launched a formal attack on the First Amendment in September.

Obama supporters have been undermining it with the IRS since at least 2010.

redskins1001newNow libs in the D.C. area are trying to do it with the FCC.

The Federal Communications Commission is considering a petition asking it to deny renewing a license for a sports radio station because it refers to the Washington Redskins as “the Washington Redskins.”

The fact that it’s the team’s name means nothing to this band of administrative fascists, because, according to the petition, the word “redskins” is “a derogatory racial and ethnic slur contrary to the public interest.

Leave aside the argument about whether it’s an ethnic slur thhat real-live Native Americans object to. (But for the record, that’s mainly a “progressive” fantasy. American Indians on the Navajo reservation in Arizona have a football team at Red Mesa High School called the Redskins — and the school doesn’t apologize for it. Most people don’t name their high school teams after things that insult them.)

The point is whether an administrative state, the kind Democrats have been longing for since at least the Wilson days, will be allowed to keep cracking down on constitutional freedoms – the way the IRS cracked down on tea party groups in the runup to President Obama’s re-election campaign.

In June, the U.S. Patent Office canceled the Redskins copyright on the spurious grounds that their name is an ethnic slur. Now, the FCC is considering effectively shutting down radio stations that use the name by refusing to renew broadcast licenses, like the world’s oldest republic had turned into some cheap banana republic.

When FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler was asked about the petition at a news conference Tuesday, he avoided calling the Redskins “the Redskins,” according to The Hill, referring instead to the “Washington football team.”

In the past, he has called the name “offensive and derogatory.”

That doesn’t look good. Lois Lerner at the IRS probably thought the same thing about the words “tea party,” “patriot” and “constitution.”

This isn’t about football at all. Or alleged ethnic slurs.

It’s about what libs want to do to the First Amendment.

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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