I feel that Freedom Speech is one of the most important things that The Constitution protects. I get extremely angry when our politicians attack that right; especially when it is done to promote either The Republican or Democratic Parties.
Campaign Finance Laws were changed a few years ago by the McCain-Feingold law. This law protects incumbent politicians from political challenge. This is a terrible law that was passed with bi-partisan support and should be repealed.
The next two items are items I will watch very closely because they are important to me.
The first involved Dr. Ron Paul (Republican). Ron Paul is running for President and is both a Republican and a Libertarian. In the last Presidential debate Dr. Ron Paul was the only Republican who opposed the Iraq war; the other nine Republicans support the Iraq war. Ron Paul has been against the Iraq war from day one and in fact is one of the few members of Congress who voted against the Iraq war (Unlike Hillary Clinton). According to viewers of the 2008 Republican Presidential Debates Ron Paul has come in 1st or 2nd place in most of the polls asking, Who won the debate."
Michael Steel, GOP spokesman, said that Ron Paul should be removed from future debates. (30% of those who voted in Fox's online poll concerning the debate voted that Ron Paul won the debate.) Now a petition is being circulated among members of the RNC to remove Ron Paul from future debates.
I certainly hope that Ron Paul is not removed from the debates. It would be an assault on Freedom of Speech if the Republicans remove him from the debates because he sticks by his principals.
The Democrats are rumored to be considering re-instituting The Fairness Doctrine. The Fairness Doctrine would destroy conservative talk radio and this would be another illegal assault on Freedom of Speech in America. I hope these rumors prove to be untrue.
I am sick and tired of Dems and Reps taking away my rights and freedoms.