February 12, 2015
With the 2016 election right around the corner, where Republicans will finally have the chance to clean out the White House and get our country back on track, it may not come as a surprise that nervous Democrats are scurrying to squelch conservatives’ efforts to rally up the right ahead of the campaign season. The Democrats’ tactic to win by default is to obliterate the First Amendment in one fail swoop.
Liberals on the Federal Election Commission (FEC) are discussing new rules to regulate websites and blogs, but only those which discuss political matters. In particular, the new regulations would require websites to disclose their political donors.
The Washington Times reported that the Democrat-chaired FEC claims that thousands of public comments condemning “dark money” in politics can’t be ignored and are pushing to regulate donors, bloggers, and others who use the Internet to influence policy and campaigns. Basically, they want to reverse the 2006 decision to keep the agency’s hands off online outlets.
The call for supposedly needing regulation of the First Amendment use on the Internet, came from 32,000 comments made to the FEC, whining that the group does something about it right now. Frankly, Democratic Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub was just sick of hearing about it, and since it helps her political party to silence the right and reveal who’s helping to fund political websites, she was easily convinced by their complaints — while also blowing it largely out of proportion.
At a broad FEC hearing on the matter, Weintraub stated, “75 percent thought that we need to do more about money in politics, particularly in the area of disclosure, and I think that’s something that we can’t ignore.”
But former Republican FEC chairman Bradley Smith warned in his testimony that if she thinks 32,000 complaints are a lot, conservatives would out-number that amount in droves if they move forward with extinguishing political voices online.
“If you produce a rule that says we are going to start regulating this stuff, including the internet and so on, I think you will see a lot more than 32,000 comments come in and I don’t think staff will analyze them and find that 75 percent are favorable to more regulation,” said Smith, who is now with the Center for Competitive Politics.
Democratic Chairwoman Ann Ravel, who called the hearing, is beginning to understand that this government overreach would create an outcry that she and her fellow liberals are probably not prepared to deal with. She has pulled back a little from her stated desire to regulate politicking on the Internet amid public outcry, especially among conservatives who see her move as a bid to silence center-right websites and Internet-based conservative groups and news sites, the Washington Times report noted.
Any regulation on speech is a clear violation of the First Amendment.
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