"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."
"The role of the blog [has been vital] in reawakening of public participation in the political process, the likes of which we've not seen since politics were openly argued in the town squares and roadside inns of bygone times."
Most of you are probably aware of hearings that took place regarding political blogging-- its relation to McCain-Feingold and campaign regulations (thanks to Bloggers that decided to take cash in exchange for their opinions -some bloggers are OK with that notion...I am not).
This will never be a 'Blog for Hire' as I consider this to be a vital outlet for my thoughts, feelings, beliefs and hopes for our country's future. As such it should never be censured by my government. This is my personal diary, my soapbox and my freedom of speech and expression in html format. If I want to link to a candidate's website -that is my right. If I want to extol the virtues of said candidate or expose the weaknesses of his rival --that too is my right...and yours. Some are looking to strip citizens of that right.
"So political discourse will die a slow death, probably hardly noticed by most. But at least you’ll still be able to get your porn, visit your strip clubs, and view a glass full of urine with a submerged cross. After all, the Founding Fathers didn’t have political expression in mind when drafting the First Amendment." (Minute of Angel)
HERE is the letter that was presented to Scott Thomas, Chairman of the Federal Election Commission, on Friday, March 11th, 2005. Join the bi-partisan coalition!
I believe that Bloggers that did/will take campaign money --like Daily Kos-- who I hold personally responsible for opening these floodgates, should be subject to FEC rules --but those of us who are only exercising our right to free speech ...for free, should not be effected by these rulings… What do you think?