PROPOSAL DESIGNED TO CREATE A NATION OF CYBERSERFS
November 9, 2008 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - One thing Obama's critics can't say about him is that he lacks ambition and audacity.
And it is that audacity which was on full display in his first official news conference where he seemed to intentionally avoid taking question from Fox, shunning the favorite media target of the far left.
Obama's performance at the press gaggle, to this reporter at least was given an added dimension - call it the creep factor - produced by the president elect's other worldly, detached and vaguely android-like demeanor, as if the stage upon which he stood wasn't big enough to contain his celestial regality.
Filtering into that creep factor, a more pressing concern. This one regarding the news of His Celestialness' strategy on media legislation and technology initiatives, specifically his intention to create a Federal Office Of Technology, an idea which gained much more traction when IAC executive Julius Genachowski was named to the transition team.
Lest one get the impression that this is merely a case of adding 1 + 1 and getting 3, Genachowski headed the study group which originally advanced the idea of a cabinet level technology czar. [see, Barack Obama: Connecting and Empowering all Americans Through Technology and Innovation]
Let's place Mr G politically, is he an activist or something else? According to FEC filings he has traditionally been a big Dem funder, giving nearly 35k to various Dem candidates over the last 4 years. [see, Genachowski FEC].
By trade, Genachowski is a communication's attorney, most notably having served as chief counsel to Barry Diller's InteraActiveCorp [IAC] which has spawned a host of 'Net based companys including but not limited to: Ticketmaster, Expedia, Hotels.com and LendingTree.
Philosophically, judging from his associations he appears to be a very bright leftist with an already established power base throughout DC, see below:
"Before joining IAC, Mr. Genachowski was Chief Counsel to Chairman Reed Hundt of the Federal Communications Commission. He has served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and, before that, to retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Mr. Genachowski worked in Congress on the staff of the Select Committee investigating the Iran-Contra Affair and also for then-U.S. Representative, now Senator, Charles E. Schumer. " [source, http://www.netcaucus.org/biography/julius-genachowski.shtml]
Though he could easily serve as Obama's Fairness Doctrine Grim Reaper, sharpening his scythe in preparation for the anticipated harvesting of Rush - given his first-hand familiarity with the FCC - that position seems to have already have been promised to Democrat Henry Rivera, whose departure from Reagan's FCC made clear the way to abolish the doctrine in the first place, during the mid 1980s.
First reported by multichannel.com, Rivera apparently has the inside track for that position:
"...Barack Obama is expected to name Washington, D.C. lawyer Henry Rivera, a Democrat, to head a transition team focused on the Federal Communications Commission?Rivera?served at the FCC from 1981 to 1985 under Republican FCC chairman Mark Fowler." [source, Sources: Rivera To Head Obama's FCC Transition Team, http://www.multichannel.com/CA6612005.html]
The current FCC Chair, Kevin Martin and Rivera both worked for the same DC law firm - not good.
Rivera's response to media inquiries regarding his possible new postion only seems to confirm what is being reported, "The only thing I can tell you is that there will be a release of the folks involved in that," said Rivera, who answered his own phone. "I just can't comment on anything. They told us not to talk to the press." [source, ibid]
Rivera is additionally, plugged into the DC's Office of Telecommunications via his wife, Dr. Bernadette McGuire-Rivera who works there. [source, ibid]
The presence of Genachowski and Rivera on Obama's transition team should send an Arctic level chill down the spine, of not only conservatives but of liberals.
Because Obama decided to break a promise of funding his campaign publicly, he was able to raise nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars, much of it from extreme left power brokers. This unprecedented amount of cash allowed him not only to spread his message far more consistently than his opponent but a side benefit was that it also gave him the wherewithall to develop working groups on key issues. One of those key working groups produced the technology proposal.
The creation of a government funded technology office, at this level is a game-changing threat to democracy because it will among other things, create a serious, disproportionate and essentially unadressable imbalance between the political parties.
This proposal will be advanced with the idea that it can be funded via the fed's open checkbook. Actually given the scale of DC spending, the spending of a few billion dollars, chump change at the WH level will produce spectacular rewards.
Quoting from the Obama campaign study:
More than 280,000 people have created accounts on barackobama.com. These users have organically created over 6,500 grassroots volunteer groups and have organized more than 13,000 off-line events using the site. Obama is also opening up the campaign and giving average Americans a chance to offer opinions and information on important policy issuesand Americans have responded: over 15,000 policy ideas have been submitted through the web site. Through Obama's leadership, many of the presidential debates are freely available online for mashups, commentary, and other uses by ordinary citizens, bloggers, and others. On the fundraising front, supporters have made more than 370,000 donations online, more than half of which have been under $25. Users who have set up personal fundraising pages online have raised over $1.5 million. The campaign's technology activities demonstrate the important and positive role technology would play in an Obama administration, opening up the closed practices of governance to greater citizen engagement and participation and re-connecting Americans with their democracy in new ways.
Imagine an entire electorate so linked, the prospect is frightening.
Even a half hearted stealth implementation of this program would fundamentally change the relationship between the government and the governed. The infrastructure so created will speed America's current march towards a nanny state into a full-out sprint.
It has the prospect of making the government the most important thing in citizen's lives, it will deliver messages, accept input to address concerns or accommodate suggestions, link citizens and groups in new ways, create databases, gather email addresses and extend offers. Above all, this new technological genie will be forever imprinted with the face of Obama.
This electronic network will have the capacity to revolutionize fundraising, of course skewed in one direction. It will allow this administration to coordinate efforts, develop policy initiatives and then sell them, along the way managing the message to bring them about.
Consider the demographic of unmarried women under 30, this voting block in large part delivered the presidency to the Democrat party. These gals voted nearly 75% for Obama.
That vote is a desperate plea for a father figure, someone to understand, something tangible to hold on to.
Consider the pitch...
"Hey darlin', you get knocked up by your no-good [most likely Democrat] boyfriend? Not to worry, just log on to Obama's Leviathan and you will have access to U.S. government approved abortion services, the paperwork will be taken care of before you get there and the bill prepaid courtesy of Uncle Barry."
This is not an exaggeration. If you can't see this, then you haven't been paying attention.
There are dozens of other considerations in estimating the amount of damage the establishment of this type of government network by this administration will produce, we suggest you read this document with a jaundiced eye, as everything coming out of this group has to be done, and we defy you to avoid hearing the sounding of alarms.
Failing to adequately scrutinize this proposal will lock us, possibly forever into not only a minor party status - which given its performance over the last 8 years of the GOP, almost seems deserved - but will so totally change what America is about that this country might be unrecognizable in 10 years.The coda will unfortunately be that once online it will prove nearly impossible to undo. We will have become a nation of electronic serfs.
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