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Bradley Smith of the Federal Election Commission was interviewed by CNET for a column called The Coming Crackdown on Blogging, and it’s more than a little disturbing.
The crux of it is that a federal judge has overturned the Federal Election Commission’s exemption of the internet from Campaign Finance Reform laws.
The government is now charged with finding ways to snoop into which candidates websites are being linked to by whichever website, if anybody is posting candidate material on the sites or blogs, and general nosiness. In other words, the government’s now doing what they’re best at.
McCain and Feingold’s gem of a CFR bill really has gotten the money out of politics, hasn’t it? In 2004, the Bush and Kerry campaigns and their supporters, spent over $600 million… a record amount for a presidential race. Thank you, CFR.
If McCain is to ever be believed that he wants to “take the money out of the equation”, then he’d better stop sucking up to so many Democrats that it would appear he’s attempting to win a dream date with Maureen Dowd.
Look at history. The “McCain-Feingold bill”, the “McCain-Kerrey bill” (Bob Kerrey, Nebraska Democrat), the “McCain-Feinstein bill,” the “McCain-Lieberman bill,” the “McCain-Leahy bill,” the “McCain-Edwards-Kennedy bill” and even the “McCain-Kerry” bill Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the list goes on. John McCain has been in bed with more Democrats than a 20-year-veteran Berkeley whore.
But CFR isn’t really about fairness, legalities, or being nice in political ads– It’s about cash, and the government wants yours. It won’t stop at CFR. They’re already taking it upon themselves to “clean up” television, as if a bunch of people covered in mud and dust themselves can clean up anything. They’re going to extend their decency to cable, then it’ll be satellite radio and TV, and pretty soon what happens in your house (more than now).
When I was younger, I remember a saying that went along the lines of “They came for the blacks… I didn’t care. They came for the hispanics… I didn’t care. They came for the old… I didn’t care. They came for the sick… I didn’t care. One day, they came for me… there was nobody left to care.”
The time to stand against this idiocy is now, while there are still plenty of us here to care.
McCain/Feingold is a miserable failure– the worst idea to come out of Washington DC since, well, the one before it– and needs to be repealed, not extended.
Just in case the CFR laws apply to people with blogs who speak of politics go into effect today, I have to say this: “I’m Doug Powers, and I approve this message.”