This has been brewing in the blogosphere for a while now. I haven't commented on it yet, mostly because so many other people have already done a better job than I could have done. The bottom line is: bureaucrats in Washington seem to think that, as part of campaign-finance "reform," private citizens exercising their First Amendment right to publish political commentary may need to be regulated.
The First 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.
Now, I'm just a simple country law student, and I'm not familiar with our government's modern ways... but it seems to me like the First Amendment says something to the effect of "keep your stinking paws off my keyboard, you damn dirty apes!"
You have probably seen, or at least heard about, the famous Charlton Heston "from my cold dead hands" moment:
Well, bloggers around the world, bloggers from the political far-left to far-right, are rallying around a similar message:
It's actually frighteningly amazing to me how much unity there is among bloggers who, when it comes to just about any other political topic, want to strangle each other.
There is an organized insurrection going on here. More importantly, there is an on-line petition you can sign here. Look at the people working together to make the petition: the John Kerry campaign, The Heritage Foundation, Michelle Malkin, The Daily Kos... these are people and groups so far apart politically, you couldn't get them to agree that it's hot outside in Phoenix in July. Yet here they all are, coming together in opposition to the possibility of regulating blogs as "campaigning."
I'm happy to sign the petition. You should, too, even if you never post to a blog. The First Amendment is one of your two greatest freedoms as an American. I'm sure you know what I think is the other...
And bloggers, after you sign the petition, join the insurrection!
Message to the F.E.C. and Members of Congress, Senators McCain and Feingold especially:
This is my blog and I'll write what I want, so keep your stinking paws off my keyboard, you damn dirty apes!
Friend and reader Jamie Hoenshel sends in this:
Keep spreading the word!