Sunday, March 11, 2007

Speech Smart

The text of the First Amendment reads as follows:

"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".

It may seemed heavy handed to Richard Kimball, Presidnet of "Vote Smart"

what the folks he mentioned in the above guest editorial were doing but in fact they have a Constitutional right to
“peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”.

All those Americans were doing was petitioning a candidate for office (him) their grievances. They were probably business men and women who work very hard at their jobs who are just really ticked off the government takes so much of what they earn and throws it down a rat hole.

No one pointed a gun to this candidate's head. If this person didn’t like what these citizens wanted him to do with their money than he could have told them to “stick it”.

Contrary to what liberals would have you believe, money is not evil. Money belongs in politics because money equals speech. If you don't have money than you don't have speech. If you have no speech you are not going to move votes in your direction.

They don’t deliver the mail for nothing.

You can’t buy a TV ad with your good looks.

If you can’t get on TV or at least have a few mass mailings than you are going to lose to the incumbent.
You have no chance.
-- And people like Richard Kimball like it that way. This “Vote Smart” outfit really wants to make elections less -- not more -- competitive.

I see this sort of befuddled analysis all the time. Liberals want to take away our First Amendment Rights using populist drivel defining money as evil.

“Money is evil so let’s ban money and stifle speech so Republicans lose”.

That’s what they are really saying.

Liberals want to regulate speech TO DEATH. Ann Coulter is right. Consider that you can dance around naked in a nightclub and that’s speech according to the courts.

But if you want to talk about issues in an election that must be tightly regulated with fines and speech codes and millions of forms to be filled out and filed with the Secretary of State.


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