Thomas Paine is turning over in his grave as we speak. Both Republicans and Democrats are looking to squash our Constitutional Freedom to criticize our own government, a G-d given right that patriotic men and women fought and died for.
Section 220 of S. 1, the lobbying reform bill before the Senate, would require grassroots causes, even bloggers, who communicate to 500 or more members of the public on policy matters, to register and report quarterly to Congress, as lobbyists are required.
In the first few days of the new session of Congress, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and big Washington insiders such as Public Citizen and Common Cause will try to silence critics by regulating us through quarterly reports to Congress. Failure to report would result in civil and potential criminal penalties.
Pelosi & Companyâ€™s lobbying legislation â€œreformâ€ would define political communications to and even between citizens as â€œlobbying.â€ This turns the definition of lobbying on its head and is in violation of the First Amendment.Moreover, their legislation would treat grassroots activists more harshly than the K Street lobbyists and the big corporations and unions. They get loopholes that the smallest critics using the Internet wouldnâ€™t enjoy. Communicating to as few as 500 people would trigger the registration and quarterly reporting to Congress.In truth, the grassroots legislation would help protect corruption in Washington by silencing critics and diminishing the ability of grassroots causes to communicate with the general public.
“The bill would require reporting of ‘paid efforts to stimulate grassroots lobbying,’ but defines ‘paid’ merely as communications to 500 or more members of the public, with no other qualifiers,” Viguerie said.
The Senate passed an amendment on the bill Jan. 9 to create criminal penalties, including up to one year in jail, if someone “knowingly and willingly fails to file or report.”
As an American I defend even dumbasses like Jimmy Carter and David Duke to have their freedom to spew their hate filled rhetoric as well as my own freedom. That is what America is all about.
Corrupt Politicians with thin skins who are afraid of losing their cushy jobs fear people like Joseph Farah, the guys at LGF, Michelle Malkin, and even the little guys like myself at MensNewsDaily.Com who like to pee in their pool from time to time. We need to step up and defend our rights to Shoot Off our big fat mouths and keep schmucks like Kennedy, Kerry, Clinton, and Obama/Osama in line.Â What would we do without the Freepers?
Imagine if the Drudge Report wasn’t there to inform us about Clinton’s inability to keep his rocket in his pocket?