Pelosi Wants To Take Away Your Rights

For all you bloggers/on-line journalists, I have a question for you: have you ever asked your readers to contact a government official? I know I have, multiple times, and I have seen many others, from biggies like Michelle M and the Daily Kos, all the way down to the Microbes, ask as well. If I told you that you could be forced to file papers with the government for doing that, what would you say?

Would you tell me I'm crazy, that I'm 5 short of a six pack, bats in the belfrey?

Leading Capitol Hill watchdogs are sounding alarms by plans of the soon-to-be Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and her majority of House Democrats to ram through a new law that would seriously undermine free speech – and put restrictions on conservative groups and others who encourage ordinary citizens to directly deal with Congress.

Not just Conservatives, though, since it would affect everyone in the Blogosphere. The Public Citizen/Pelosi Bill would, among others

  • It makes changes to the legal definition of "grassroots lobbying" and requires any organization that encourages 500 or more members of the general public to contact their elected representatives to file a report with detailed information about their organization to the government on a quarterly basis
  • Such report (above) would require, among other things, the detailing of the organization's expenditures, the issues focused on and the members of Congress and other federal officials who are targeted. A separate report must address each policy issue the group is advocating.

500. The question is, in what time span? Plus, based on what criteria? Sitemeter? Are you an organization?

William J. Olson, the co-counsel for the Free Speech Coalition, summarized his impression of how the unfairness would operate:

"The Public Citizen/Pelosi bill would allow corporations, unions and even foreign interests to spend literally hundreds of millions of dollars mobilizing their shareholders, officers, employees and members, yet hide those expenditures," Olson opined.

"On the flipside, their bill would require real citizen associations to essentially obtain Congress's consent to communicate about important policy matters that impact on them. It's not just the imbalance that is wrong; it's a frontal attack on the First Amendment and political speech," Olson concluded. 

So much for Freedom of Speech and the First Amendment. Liberals have complained that Bush has been taking away their civil liberties, without proof. Here we have a liberal, who, in the first 100 days of taking back Congress, wants to limit your Rights.

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.

Pretty self explanatory, I would think.

Maybe I should create a Constitutional Rights category, since the Libs are already trying to take them away.

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7 Responses to “Pelosi Wants To Take Away Your Rights”

  1. Scrapiron says:

    It seems this would either put KOS and DU out of business of those running the sites in jail for a long sentence. Most idiotic ideas backfire and hurt the one with the grand scheme the most. Peeeloshi is about to lose a lot of left wing anti-american friends.

  2. Chief RZ says:

    This proposal would run right into the first amendment. The President could veto. The Supreme Court could block on the grounds that it is unconstitutional. This reminds me of the democrats attempts at limiting our 2nd amendment rights.

  3. We’ll have to see if the Lefties even pay attention to this. Kos will go ballistic if he sees it.

  4. Jeff H says:

    I sent the following email to Pelosi about this abomination; needless to say, I only received a canned “thank you for contacting us” reply.

    My email:

    According to this article at Human Events Online [“Pelosi Targets
    Grassroots Freedom of Speech” [http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=18510], it appears you
    would like for me to register so that I will be allowed to encourage
    fellow private citizens to take various position on issues and advocate for positions myself.

    So, here goes:

    ORGANIZATION: I am not an organization, I am a private citizen of the
    United States of America, with the Constitutionally guaranteed right of freedom of speech, which includes both advocating for positions and
    encouraging others to do the same and act in concert in so doing.

    EXPENDITURES: The amount of money I spend–on ANYTHING, including
    political activities not otherwise already covered by burdensome–and
    most likely, unconstitional tax regulations–is my busines, and none of yours.

    CONGRESS PERSONS/TARGETS OF ADVOCACY EFFORTS: Whomever I damn well
    please to “target” with my advocacy efforts, up to and including the
    Speaker of the House of Representatives. And for the record, remember: “target” can, and in this case does, mean “contact for purposes of communication” only.

    POLICY ISSUES ADVOCATED: Whatever I damn well please.

    Let me wrap up by saying, as cordially as I can, you are a sanctimonious bitch and I will advocate tirelessly on behalf of efforts to kill this ill-thought out effort to destroy the First Amendment protections of freedom of speech.

    Is that clear enough for you?


    Jeff H

  5. wolfe says:

    Ms. Pelosi will do the opposite…she will lead the charge to reinstate the rights the scum occupying our government have already taken away.

    You nutjobs are hilarious.

  6. Exactly right, Jeff. Kudos.

    Wolfie, apparently you failed to read what the Bill includes, and what this post is about. Take the partisan blinders off.

  7. Webloggin says:

    Nancy Pelosi to Undermine Free Speech…

    Will Pelosi’s plot apply to bloggers?

    ……

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