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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

I Don't Think So!

The FEC is being asked to censor another segment of society, the millions of individuals who engage in political activity online. The Wall Street Journal opines, "The problem facing the FEC is that McCain-Feingold broadly restricts coordination with, and contributions to, political candidates. So what is the agency to do with all those people who use their Web sites to praise a candidate? Computers and Web access cost money, which could be construed as a financial contribution to a campaign. Ditto bloggers who link to politicians' Web sites, or any individual who forwards a candidate's press release to a list of buddies. All this is to say nothing of blogs that are affiliated with political campaigns and coordinate their activities." The FEC had an idea which would require government to calculate the percentage of individuals' electricity bills that went toward political advocacy (can you imagine). Another alternative would be to classify all bloggers as journalists, seeing as how the press is about the only entity exempt from McCain-Feingold. As a blogger I would resent the comparison to journalism and main stream media (MSM) which would directly impugn my intelligence and integrity.

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