Dictators around the world throw people in jail for
criticizing them. We in America are justly proud of
the fact that we can say anything we want about our
leaders without fear of legal punishment. It has even
been said that we'll know Iraq is truly free when
every Iraqi citizen can do the same.
Well, maybe they will reach that point in Iraq, but
it's no longer true in America. The same elected
leaders who are preaching, and taxing, and investing
American lives to export freedom to the world, have
also passed a law to make it illegal for American
citizens to criticize their rulers.
Sadly, most American citizens remain blissfully
ignorant of the fact that it is now illegal, on pain
of imprisonment and large fines, to broadcast ads
criticizing federal elected office holders by name
within 60 days of an election without the equivalent
of a government permit. This provision was one of the
features of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act,
formerly known as McCain-Feingold.
This is a massive abuse of power. It is hypocritical.
It is un-American. It must be overturned.
Fortunately, Representative Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD),
has provided us the means to do that. His "First
Amendment Restoration Act" -- HR 46 - has been
reintroduced in Congress. This bill would restore your
right to criticize your elected leaders by any means
you choose, at any time. It deserves your support.
Please go to
http://action.downsizedc.org/wyc.php?cid=17 and use our easy Electronic Lobbyist system to send a
message to your Representative and your Senators
asking them to co-sponsor HR 46. Then use our Tell-a-
friend system to spread the word to others.
It's your right to free speech and your right to free
press - use these rights or lose them.