25 March 2005

Effort To Hush Political Bloggers

This is a re-posting from the 9th of March. We need to take action on this folks. This is just plain ignorance.

"Bradley Smith says that the freewheeling days of political blogging and online punditry are over. In just a few months, he warns, bloggers and news organizations could risk the wrath of the federal government if they improperly link to a campaigns Web site. Even forwarding a political candidate's press release to a mailing list, depending on the details, could be punished by fines. Smith should know. He's one of the six commissioners at the Federal Election Commission, which is beginning the perilous process of extending a controversial 2002 campaign finance law to the Internet."
I see this as an assault on our way of life. How can the Federal Elections Commission dictate what I can and can't print in my blog. If I link to a campaign, it's because the candidate needs support. This isn't millions of dollars of support, no. If anything a couple of hundred at best. Far within the regulations for single contributions. And what ever happened the the to the 10th Amendment? "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people." There is no provision in the Constitution dealing with Campaign Finance nor Prohibition of the states to regulate it. And what happened to the 1st Amendment, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." Isn't regulation of blogs in relation to content, a violation of the this amendment? In a literal definition, blogs can be classified as the press. But first and foremost, it's speech. As long as the content isn't libelous, governmental interference of the freedom of speech is forbidden by the United States Constitution.
If I can link my blog to a campaign site, there is nothing requiring anyone who uses the site to contribute to the campaign. The choice is ultimately up to the websurfer and not up to me or the candidate. And as the newest form of the press, I feel that I have a duty to inform my readers of press releases of candidates, elected officials, and government employees. As long as I do not use their content as if it were authored by me, copyright protections remain in effect. So how can a Commissioner of the Federal Election Commission dictate what I can and cannot post to my blog. The answer, they can't. The left is losing. And this is an effort to silence the majority of Americans. Until modern technology allowed this forum, the free flow of conservative thought was limited to the printed word. Hence the term "the silent majority." Well, we aren't silent anymore and the MSM is sweating. Newspaper and Magazine editorials are political mouthpieces for liberals. Add to that the news departments of ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN you get an influx of liberal thought and very little conservative thought. The broadcast news agencies think nothing of ridiculing talk radio, The Rush Limbaugh Show, Tony Snow, Bill O'Reilly, and others have to deal with the criticism of the MSM. Why? Because they advocate conservative thought to counter the liberal slant of the MSM. So now it's our turn. And unless we stop this effort now, we will be gagged and forbidden from doing the valuable service that we have done thus far.
Conservative bloggers are two for two in major efforts. First taking down Dan Rather and exposing the document fraud that he and his news department attempted to use to pull the wool over the collective eyes of America. And more recently, exposing the traitorous comments made by Eason Jordan of CNN. The forcing of his resignation was the second major victory of conservative blogging. What has left-wing bloggers accomplished? Not much. They succeeded in getting a conservative blogger kicked out of White House Press Briefings. We take out two big fish and they go after a minnow. So now their answer to silence us is to take our ammunition away. And violating our Constitutional rights in the process. Subjecting blogging to a law which is Unconstitutional at best. The 2002 campaign finance reform law is in violation of the 10th Amendment. Congress isn't expressly given the task of regulating election law by the Constitution. And the Constitution doesn't forbid the states from doing so. Therefore, if a law is written governing campaign finance, it should be written by the states. And as such, applied to the state in which it has passed. Send a message to your elected officials that any attempt to silence us will come back to haunt them three fold. The major broadcasters have been without a true journalist since the retirement of Walter Cronkite. And in Walter's words, "And that's the way it is."
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Blogger Unadulterated Underdog said...

I have an honest question. Everyone whi disagrees with the Republicans is a damned liberal huh? Even when they are appointed by Republicans for government positions? Is every one who disagrees with the GOP a bad person? A Communist? A Lefty? When did the GOP start raising people to think that way. It was not always so.

3/25/2005 04:48:00 PM  
Blogger Gribbit said...

The answer to the question is found within the text of my postings. I usually have facts to back up my thoughts. But keep in mind, this blog is about what I think, I can care less what you think. Because chances are if you are a Moonbat, you're wrong.

And I have some advice for you. Please, pay attention to your punctuation.

3/25/2005 06:30:00 PM  
Blogger John said...

OK...I am a proud republican who disagrees with Bush on his border control. Of course all democrats are not far left. But I think you take offense to the word liberal too easily. Most democrats are proud to be liberals. If you are ashamed of this then perhaps you should reconsider your political party. You really are not even worth a response since you offer no intellectual argument in anyway towards the context of the argument. The FCC problem will affect all of us...it isn't a thing to be politically divided over.

3/25/2005 07:35:00 PM  
Blogger Amy Allen said...

Thank you very much, Mr.G., for the link. Its my honor and its my honor to reciprocate-I would have done so sooner, but, mea cupla, I didn't have your url.
Impressive blog!

3/26/2005 08:50:00 AM  
Blogger Gribbit said...

Why Thank You Amy. I enjoy your blog also.

3/26/2005 11:40:00 AM  

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