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Thursday, June 24, 2004


Dude, Where's My Freedom?

Well, well, well. It looks like the unconstitutional Campaign Finance Reform law (aka 'Shut Up, You Stupid Citizens law') might just boomerang around and hit the broad side of the barn...by which I mean Michael Moore's butt. The Hill is running a story about the FEC potentially banning commercials for Moore's movie under the CFR. Interesting:

Michael Moore may be prevented from advertising his controversial new movie, “Fahrenheit 9/11,” on television or radio after July 30 if the Federal Election Commission (FEC) today accepts the legal advice of its general counsel.

At the same time, a Republican-allied 527 soft-money group is preparing to file a complaint against Moore’s film with the FEC for violating campaign-finance law.

In a draft advisory opinion placed on the FEC’s agenda for today’s meeting, the agency’s general counsel states that political documentary filmmakers may not air television or radio ads referring to federal candidates within 30 days of a primary election or 60 days of a general election.


Since the FEC considers the Republican presidential convention scheduled to begin Aug. 30 a national political primary in which Bush is a candidate, Moore and other politically oriented filmmakers could not air any ad mentioning Bush after July 30.

That could make advertising for the film after July difficult since it is all about the Bush administration and what Moore regards as its mishandling of the war on terrorism and the decision to invade Iraq.

After the convention, ads for political films that mention Bush or any other federal candidate would be subject to the restrictions on all corporate communications within 60 days of the Nov. 2 general election.
How to put this? An old standby comes to mind: Although I agree with not a single word you say, I will defend to the death your right to say it.

I find Michael Moore, his opinions and his general way of doing business to be revolting and 100% contradictory to everything I believe and hold dear. But not for even a single second would I support a law shutting him up! (Unless he was proven to be guilty of libel and/or slander.)

This CFR crap makes me absolutely sick and scared out of my mind. Congress has made a law abridging the freedom of speech! Am I the only one who sees this as a direct and obvious contradiction to the 1st Amendment?! Let's review:

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. (my emphasis, obviously)
Does anyone see where this could be interpreted to mean that Congress can say:

political documentary filmmakers [or any citizen] may not air television or radio ads referring to federal candidates within 30 days of a primary election or 60 days of a general election.
Huh? Anyone out there confused on this subject? No, I didn't think so. Unfortunately, our Congresspeople, Supreme Court and (yes, even) our President are completely and unforgivably 'confused' on this very simple and straightforward Constitutional issue.

On the other hand, maybe they know exactly what they've done and just want to shut us up.

For our own good, of course.


The Command Post has now picked up the story.


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