We were warned; if we voted for Mitt Romney, free speech would evaporate.
And they were right; Obama’s FEC is moving to regulate online political speech, including this blog.
Late Friday, Ann M. Ravel, the Democratic vice chair of the Federal Elections Commission, said the FEC would begin the process to regulate Internet-based campaigns and videos which are currently free from oversight by the federal government. The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard said one Republican FEC chairman, Lee E. Goodman, warned that anyone who writes a political blog, a politically active news site or even a chat room, could be regulated….Earlier in the year, Bedard noted, Goodman warned that Democrats on the panel were gunning for conservative websites like the extremely popular Drudge Report, a site that typically sees some 30 million visits per day.
The beef is ostensibly about political groups disseminating videos via blogs and social media that would be regulated on television.
But then, they’d manage that by regulating everyone who links or carries the content. Which, in plain English, means regulating political content in all social media, including here on Shot In The Dark.
Not only is it imperative that the Democrats lose and lose big next month – it’s even more imperative that the GOP actually provide a meaningful alternative.