Just as termites may be eating away in the darkness at the timbers of your house, behind the scenes within the Beltway, attempts to pull the plug on opposition thought continue:
In the latest partisan escalation on the Federal Election Commission, a top Democratic commissioner has ripped a Republican commissioner’s bid to protect books, radio and Internet media from regulation as “pitiful.”
Ann Ravel, a former FEC chairwoman, joined other Democrats at a meeting this month to block Republican Lee Goodman’s proposal to explicitly expand the “press exemption” from regulations to books, satellite radio and Internet-based news media.
These regulations would be implemented by the federal bureaucracy, which lists so far to port, it is ready to capsize. The objective is to restrict the expression of right-of-center opinion to shouting on street corners.
Goodman told Secrets that the latest attack on his proposals again show that Democrats are hostile to free press rights generally and in the past he has noted their antagonism to conservative media which is heavily internet based and on the radio, including Sirius/XM. Ravel’s “pitiful” comment appeared to refer to conservative news attention to Goodman’s proposal.
It’s not as if the Citizen’s United ruling drove a stake through the vampire’s heart, forever ending the Left’s unrelenting campaign to establish political censorship. The basic freedom of speech that we have been raised to take for granted hangs by a thread, and progressives continue to reach for it with snipping scissors.
On tips from Stormfax and Bodhisattva.