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Jim Babka
Submitted by Don Stacey
Feb. 17, 2005

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.

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