I’m always amazed while we’re just going about trying to live our lives, behind the scenes, nefarious schemes are being plotted against us. The latest comes from the Democrats on the Federal Election Committee. I guess while I was heading to Rocky Top, they were considering rocking this website — and others like it.
As reported by the Washington Examiner, “In a surprise move late Friday, (see what I mean?) a key Democrat on the Federal Election Commission called for burdensome new rules on Internet-based campaigning, prompting the Republican chairman to warn that Democrats want to regulate online political sites and even news media like the Drudge Report.”
“Democratic FEC Vice Chair Ann M. Ravel announced plans to begin the process to win regulations on Internet-based campaigns and videos, currently free from most of the FEC’s rules. “A reexamination of the commission’s approach to the internet and other emerging technologies is long over due,” she said. The power play followed a deadlocked 3-3 vote on whether an Ohio anti-President Obama Internet campaign featuring two videos violated FEC rules when it did not report its finances or offer a disclosure on the ads. The ads were placed for free on YouTube and were not paid advertising.”
Silly me, but I don’t recall the FEC saying anything about “Obama girl” making all her slobbering love affair videos for Obama back in 2008. I don’t recall the FEC having any concern over any videos posted to You Tube attacking conservatives. Once again we are witnessing the abject hypocrisy of the progressive socialist leftist and their heinous intentions to stifle the fundamental right of American free speech. You see, if speech can be used by groups opposing progressive socialists, then it must be regulated — and eventually suppressed.
The Washington Examiner says, “under a 2006 FEC rule, free political videos and advocacy sites have been free of regulation in a bid to boost voter participation in politics. Only Internet videos that are placed for a fee on websites, such as the Washington Examiner, are regulated just like normal TV ads. Ravel’s statement suggests that she would regulate right-leaning groups like America Rising that posts anti-Democrat YouTube videos on its website. FEC Chairman Lee E. Goodman, a Republican, said if regulation extends that far, then anybody who writes a political blog, runs a politically active news site or even chat room could be regulated.That means this website — no opposition, folks — and you can bet there will be some type of loophole for far left sites — just as we saw the IRS attack conservative groups but liberal progressive socialist groups went rather unimpeded. Perhaps the Federal Elections Committee (FEC) should be concerned about Obama campaign financing — or how about illegal immigrants voting in elections going back to 2008? This is just another example of the reckless lawlessness of the Democrat party which is already seeking how to suppress opposing voices for the 2016 election cycle. Remember the Fairness Doctrine, which was the progressive socialist attempt to “make talk radio fair?” In other words liberal talk radio is failing and kinda sucks, but we can’t allow these pesky conservative right-wingers to have an unopposed voice.
The Examiner says “Ravel plans to hold meetings next year to discuss regulating the internet. She charged that groups placing paid TV ads use the FEC exemption to disseminate similar messages on the internet, regulation-free. But Goodman says that Ravel misconceives the exemption. If the same message that is run on TV also is posted online, it is regulated, he said. The Internet exemption applies only to videos posted for free, solely on the Internet. Blasting the exemption, she said, “Since its inception this effort to protect individual bloggers and online commentators has been stretched to cover slickly-produced ads aired solely on the Internet but paid for by the same organizations and the same large contributors as the actual ads aired on TV,” Ravel argued.”
Folks, the seeds are being planted and we must be aware. The only thing staving off this assault is the chairman of the FEC. Stay alert to this development and we’ll continue to track any actions. The frontline fight for liberty and free speech is right here.