The First Amendment was written primarily to prevent the government from regulating political speech. When politicians give themselves the power to stop you from criticizing them they have ceased to be the people’s representatives and have instead become our rulers.
In the last few years seriously misguided efforts by the Federal Elections Commisision have chipped away at this most essential of rights. All while their congressional allies are recieving funding from various groups to carve out their own self-serving exceptions to the rules. Bloggers and the Internet are their next targets, and the FEC needs to be slapped hard before they think they can get away with it.
Bloggers of all political persuasions, from far left to far right to apolitical, have now joined forces to defeat this horrible idea. Please take a moment to visit the The Online Coalition web site. Read about this issue (start with the links below) and then go sign their petition. Thank you.