I’ve had a bit (emphasis: only a bit) of pushback against the “It Matters” video’s characterization of where we are with the Bill of Rights in this country, particularly this slide:
The argument that I am overreacting took a big hit on Friday:
Dems on FEC move to regulate Internet campaigns, blogs, Drudge
In a surprise move late Friday, 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.
The Bill of Rights says that “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.”
What about “shall make no law” (or, obviously impose any regulations pursuant to laws) do these clowns not understand?
Yes, this particular item is a partisan matter and an example of fascism coming from the left. But those of us who have seen the conduct of the Republican establishments at the state level know damned well that thuggish behavior is not the exclusive province of the left — and if they could figure out how to shut out their opposition without getting a lot of notice, they’d do it in a heartbeat.
Want more? Look at the Second Amendment. Connecticut, clearly violating the Second Amendment, has made tens of thousands of people — perhaps hundreds of thousands — who have refused to register their guns into felons.
Then there’s the Fourth Amendment and the NSA’s illegal searches of private financial and phone records.
I could go on, but readers certainly should have gotten my point by now. The video’s slide predicts what we’ll be seeing on a de facto basis in a not-to-distant future if the statists’ momentum isn’t halted — and reversed.
That’s why “It Matters“:
UPDATE: The words sung over the slide in question are “We may not have another chance like this again” — and we may not.