2006/03/13

The Right to Rant Shall Not Be Abridged

When McCain-Feingold passed there was a hidden trap for bloggers buried inside, and recently the Federal Election Commission was placed under a court order to extend the act to the Internet, springing the trap. It amounts to this: Bloggers would be treated no differently than political campaigns. We'd have our links regulated. We would have to disclose contributions. And we'd have to be mindful of hundreds of pages of confusing federal regulations when we write anything political. But there is an effort to exempt bloggers called the Online Freedom of Speech Act spearheaded by...ahem...house Republicans. (Ouch! My fingers are bleeding!)

Opponents of the reform plan (mostly Democrats...OUCH!), point out that not extending McCain-Feingold would invite scads of "corrupt" activity, and they're probably right. Though it's unfortunate that our Democratic representatives give us no credit for the zeal with which we'd probably go about exposing our own. Moreover, I see another problem if the reform proposal fails to pass. Imagine motivated political operatives using FEC regulations to shut down bloggers en mass--regardless of political content (or lack thereof)--based merely on the threat that bloggers might say something they don't like.

If a lawsuit comes, would you keep on blogging and risk your's and your family's financial well-being. Nope, and I wouldn't either. I think we need to support Vernon Ehlers (R. MI), chair of the House Administration Committee on this one and back the reform legislation. (OUCH! Son-of-a-b*tch!)

10 Comments:

Well, they've been cracking down on bloggers in China for quite awhile now. As they say, it never was a matter of if, it was a matter of when.

Sadly.
What's ironic is that the republicans in charge tend toward not being conservative by any stretch of the imagination. And, thus it will take other republicans to clean their house, no?
I'll keep blogging! They'll have to strip the keyboard from my cold dead hands! Probably should get a laptop! :>/

FIVE THOUSAND MILLIGRAMS
I'll keep blogging! They'll have to strip the keyboard from my cold dead hands! Probably should get a laptop!

Oh sure, easy for you to say! :-) You've got the protection of verse. The censors will take one look at Poetic Justice and throw up their hands in frustration.
Yikes we have to support Repubs? Just until October ok?
Yeah, I mean we can tell when someone is just putting up partisan talking points and masquerading it as a independent blog.

dems need to support this bill
That's right, froggy...come over to the dark side!

Srifling an Evil Laugh,

Rex

P.S. Aw, screw it. Mwahahahahaha!
Uh Rex...don't mean the "bright, shining, patriotic side on the hill"? Or something like that?
I thought the old coot was just another party hack.And to thimk I voted against him last election.
I thought the old coot was just another party hack.And to thimk I voted against him last election.

Lew, are you talking about Ehlers? My impression is that he's a damn sight better than Ney, whom he replaced. Course that might not be saying much.

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