Wednesday, January 10, 2007

For what it's worth

For reasons unknown, I happened to listen to Dobson on the way to work this morning. He was pissed. Mind you, I normally take the upsettedness of the AFA with a grain of salt, because I find them just as likely to advocate government intervention as freedom, but this morning's alarm was different.

He's pissed about Senate Bill number one (S.1). He and his panel agreed that it was unclear as to how the bill might be applied, but when a bill is unclear you can expect the feds will use it to take as much power as they possibly can. Okay, okay, what's it all about?

Well, according to Dobson and co., there's a provision in this "ethics reform" bill that will require groups like the AFA (and likely NRA, GOA, JPFO, and a host of other grass-roots organizers) to report quarterly any contact with its members on the subject of pending legislation (be it email alerts, speeches, radio shows, whatever). What it amounts to (according to Jim) is a muzzle on groups who specialize in mobilizing regular folks to call their congresscritters. So much for free speech. So much for keeping track of what's going on on the Hill.

I looked at the text, and had a hard time making a lot of sense of it because it's a lot of "replace this with that" and I couldn't find the revised code all put together.

So, if Dobson's alarm is valid (and I certainly wouldn't put it past the Senate), the ol' bus analogy may prove true. The Democrats have been revving the engine, and with their first bill they're going to dump the clutch. Buckle up, cause this buss is headed for trouble.

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