Especially if McCain and Feingold have their way. According to a recent story on CNet (faithfully forwarded to me by the Advocates for Liberty), the Internet exemption on political speech around election time may become illegal. That means blogs, e-mail, home pages – anything on the Internet that connects you to a candidate or party – may become illegal under the auspices of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law.
You may remember when this law was passed, there was an outcry about it’s effects on the First Amendment – you know, that little part of the Constitution that says, among other things, that Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech – not only in the world, but on this blog when the Supreme Court upheld it. This is why – government is now, with the blessing of the Supreme Court, not just ignoring the First Amendment, but actively working to do away with it, just as they have with the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, and Tenth.
Oh, recognized journalists still have their exemption, as long as it’s broadcast or some sort of periodical (magazine, newspaper, etc) – amateur grassroots editorial journalists like most politically motivated bloggers aren’t in that club, and no one quite knows how to categorize a randomly updated blog. Guess we need some sort of ID that tells the government we’re journalists and should be exempt. If so, I’ll keep mine in my wallet next to my firearm owner’s permit, Social Security card, and that empty spot reserved for my Freedom of Religion registration card.
On a serious noite – how bad does it have to get, people, before we decide enough is bloody enough? Our Founding Fathers went to war over less than this in the 18th century. Someone once said that there are four boxes used in defense of liberty – soap, ballot, jury, ammo. Use in that order. As I mentioned before: this blog is my soap box, our votes are ignored, and the Courts have nullified juries across this country. What do we have left?