October 26, 2014

Thou Shalt Not Oppose Liberalism

It wasn't that long ago that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid brought to the Senate floor a proposed constitutional amendment that would decimate the First Amendment protection of free speech. The amendment, which failed to pass the Senate, would have given the federal government virtually unlimited authority to regulate political speech.

Why would either political party suggest that the government should regulate the political speech of citizens? The Democrats brought this forward confident that if it passed, they would be the ones doing the regulating. Unable to compete on a level playing field of ideas they would have the means to silence their opposition.

Democrats have not been deterred by the failure of their amendment. Vice Chair of the Federal Election Commission, Democrat Ann Ravel, has put forth a proposal that the FEC should regulate political content on the internet.

Under current FEC rules content posted for free on the internet, such as a You Tube video, a commentary on a news site, or perhaps even a political post to a blog are not regulated. Those posting them are not required to disclose who they are and do not have to report their financing to the FEC.

The problem Democrats have with this, is that it allows information to be spread that does not conform to their liberal orthodoxy. That, in their world view, cannot be allowed.

This latest attempted intrusion upon the rights and freedom of citizens cannot be tolerated and it must be stopped. When they proposed their freedom destroying amendment I formed a political action committee to stand against them. So far I am the only member but anyone is free to join.

Freedom Universal Can Keep
Your Opinions Unregulated

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at 10:47 AM | No Comments | Add Comment

October 23, 2014

Won't Be Going Back To School

Here's a reason to avoid having to visit my son's high school:

Visitors will be asked to provide a driver license for identification. The license will be scanned and checked against appropriate data bases. If the individual does not possess a driver license, a photo will be taken for the data base.

This does not give me a warm fuzzy feeling of security. This adds to the growing knot of dread.

"The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.” 
― George Orwell, 1984

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October 18, 2014

A Vote for Nothing

I find myself having to something I didn't expect to be doing - writing a post urging people to vote for Republicans for Senate. I don't have any great fondness for the GOP. They are mostly another pack of self-serving statists. They are certainly not great defenders of liberty and in fact they are barely advocates for their alleged limited government principles. But they can be a useful tool to solve a problem. 

The problem is insufficient gridlock in the federal government. 

With the Republicans in control of the House and Democrats in control of the Senate there is gridlock in Congress but that is not enough. The President has demonstrated a willingness to rule by executive order regardless of Constitutionality. The congress is doing nothing about it because the Democrats in the Senate like what he is doing. 

If the Republicans controlled the congress they could serve as a check on Obama's overreaching power grabs. I have no illusions that they would be doing this for any principled defense of liberty and the Constitution. They would stand in Obama's way strictly out of partisanship and that's fine with with me.

Stopping Obama is probably the best we can hope for in the mid-term. Once that's done we can start to focus on returning to liberty and Constitutional government. 

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