Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The Gag Party

Besides being responsible for endless instances of the biological reaction of the same name, liberal politicians are affine to the concept of the speech silencing instrument.

2004

So Much for Free Speech
By Robert J. Samuelson
Wednesday, August 25, 2004; Page A17


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But the truth cannot remain forever obscured. Campaign finance laws must fail at their larger aim of improving public confidence in politics and government. They breed disrespect for law, the Constitution or both. If the laws are aggressively expanded and enforced -- with more limits on contributions, spending and "coordination" -- people will realize they're losing their rights of free speech and political association. But if the laws are laxly enforced, as they have been, they will inspire continuing evasions and harsh condemnations by "reformers." Public confidence suffers either way. Americans will ultimately have to choose between the Constitution and a mere law -- or watch both be damaged.


2005


Democrats defeat election-law aid for bloggers
Proposal would have amended U.S. election laws to immunize bloggers from hundreds of pages of federal regulations.
By Declan McCullagh
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Published: November 2, 2005, 7:55 PM PST



Opponents of the reform plan mounted a last-minute effort to derail the bill before the vote on Wednesday evening. Liberal advocacy groups circulated letters warning the measure was too broad and would invite "corrupt" activities online, and The New York Times wrote in an editorial this week that "the Internet would become a free-fire zone without any limits on spending."
Rep. Marty Meehan, a Massachusetts Democrat who opposed the bill, said during the floor debate: "We don't allow child pornography on the Internet. We don't exempt it from consumer safety laws...We don't because we think those laws are important." Campaign finance regulations should be extended as well, he said.
Rep. Lloyd Doggett, a Texas Democrat, said that if the bill were approved, the public would have "no idea whether Internet campaign ads are being financed by secret soft money." Soft money is a general term referring to funds not regulated by election laws.
Yes, that was Marty Meehan, a Democrat, who made an absurd comparison of your right to political free speech, to internet pornography. It was a pornographic argument; I must say. But I would not duct tape Marty's mouth for saying it.

San Francisco May Regulate Blogging
By Michael Bassik, 03/31/2005 - 3:15pm

Just when you thought the Federal Election Commission had it out for the blogosphere, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors took it up a notch and announced yesterday that it will soon vote on a city ordinance that would require local bloggers to register with the city Ethics Commission and report all blog-related costs that exceed $1,000 in the aggregate.

Blogs that mention candidates for local office that receive more than 500 hits will be forced to pay a registration fee and will be subject to website traffic audits, according to Chad Jacobs, a San Francisco City Attorney.
I wonder what political stripe is responsible for San Francisco's public policy?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2005
Contact: Reid Cox or Marshall Manson
703.535.5836
CFIF Asks Federal Appeals Court to Strike Down Louisiana Campaign Finance Law


The regulations silenced CFIF during Louisiana’s last elections when the organization planned to run issue advertisements on justice issues that were of particular public importance because of a then-upcoming primary election for a seat on the state Supreme Court. The advertisements never aired because Louisiana law — and subjective enforcement of that law — may have triggered massive fines and intrusive reporting requirements.
“Louisiana’s campaign finance law is unconstitutional when it comes to issue advocacy,” said Reid Cox, CFIF’s General Counsel. “The First Amendment is not a loophole that politicians can avoid at election time. Free speech ensures Louisianans — and all Americans — always retain the right to both criticize and congratulate our government, even when our elected representatives don’t want to hear it.
“Groups of citizens shouldn’t have to call their lawyers just because they want to speak in the weeks leading up to an election,” Cox continued. “Political speech is at the core of what the First Amendment protects. If the First Amendment means anything at all, it means our laws should encourage debate about our elected leaders, not ban discussion about the issues and their records.”
Yah think so?

2006


On the good side:

Feds approve liberal election rules for Net
By Anne Broache
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Published: March 27, 2006, 10:08 AM PST
Last modified: March 27, 2006, 11:08 AM PST

In a 6-0 vote, the Federal Election Commission adopted 107 pages of rules detailing long-awaited final regulations that primarily focus on paid political advertisements appearing on Web sites. They would also extend a broad exemption enjoyed by traditional news organizations to the online world--everything from Slate and Salon.com to soapboxing bloggers.

"I am very pleased that it appears we have a consensus today and will establish several very important protections for online political speech," FEC Chairman Michael Toner, a Republican, said at the 45-minute meeting.
On the bad side:

Louisiana is at it again. (h.t. fmragtops)

Do you like your Blog?

When you go to the polls in November, keep in mind the difference between freedom and the carefully and intellectually guided life that is in store for you from your friends from the left. Also take a look at who is just talking about your rights versus those who are protecting them.

Look at who is behind the PC movement. Look at how PC regulations and 'education' are not just ways to suppress speech, but they are ways to supress free
thought. Look at who is advocating the elimination of harmful thought and its free expression, based on their own brand of secular humanism.

Look at who is behind hate speech legislation, which makes a presumption about the thoughts and motivations of the speaker.

Look at who is badmouthing the founders of the constitution and the creators of the bill of rights in the classroom.

There is a difference.

8 comments:

RT said...

I honestly didn't know about this impediment to free speech. I feel so ignorant. Yet it is exactly why "that government which governs least, governs best." Sadly, I think that a lot of people do not know about the campaign reform rules. They also don't realize just how much the government is dictating their lives.

Once again, Insol, thanks for educating me.

RT said...

Oh...and...I think my ignorance probably stems from a naive belief that blogs are a mix of entertainment and opinion expressed by people not on a payroll or financially supporting any campaign. I've also always thought the blogs that are seen as part of publciations, campaigns, politicians, and corporations were pseudo-blogs...because their opinions have been bought. Guess I am too logical for the government or something.

Insolublog said...

Why don't most people know about their rights? Do they teach civics as a mandatory class in most schools these days?

I would put the study of the facets and mechanisms of the law and the lawmakers right next to reading, writing and arithmetic. Sadly, those things are also lacking. I hope teachers like yourself will reverse this.

I believe in life experience and self education. However, a person must know the truths and their consequences.

I was appalled at a recent proposition, to draw voters to the polls, by offering a cash jackpot to a winning voter. Do we really want a scratch ticket electorate? If you draw forth a person, who is completely uninterested, completely uninformed and motivated only by hedonistic probabilities, who will they vote for? They will vote for the give-me team, without thought.

That is not civic duty. That is civic booty.

RT said...

Had civics in eigth grade. I think it is something that should be taught and required in twelfth grade. I believe so because of most students turn voting age in twelfth and a maturity level to understand matters more deeply. My school is pretty good, but you know about 90 percent of schools don't worry about actually preparing people who can think through issues while leaning on their rights.

I'm going to work on memorizing the Consititution and Bill of Rights. I'm also going to work on understanding more of what is going on in Washington (aside from the overtly obvious).

Ssssteve said...

Preach it Insol, Preach it brother!!!

Insolublog said...

RT - I highly recommend The Heritage Guide to the Constitution for the devilish details and this little guy for the vest pocket. Buy a bulk pack for the kids.

Ssssteve - I wish my preaching meant something around this state.

RT said...

Danka.

RT said...

Just went over to amazon (should buy stock in them). Got it and got it and added the Declaration of Independence and Common Sense by Thomas Paine.