Sunday, June 28, 2009

Dennis Willard Wants to Ban Negative Campaign Ads

By which he seems to mean, ads that he personally doesn't approve of. More specifically, he's afraid that the fear of ads against Democratic candidates have stopped them from raising your taxes as much as Mr Willard would like.

He's also not too keen on anyone criticizing politicians, unless a) they are criticizing Republicans, or b) are members in good standing of the priestly MSM caste:

Stop making the false argument that a ban on negative campaigning is an infringement upon free speech.

No one has a First Amendment right to hire proxies to sling mud.”

Well, one man's mudslinging is another man's “ speaking truth to power”. Mr. Willard goes on:

Here's another idea: Ban third-party committees that run negative ads.

Individuals have rights. Committees don't. Ask a committee and see if it has a problem with being banned. You know the person who complains? Tell the complainers they can organize a third-party committee to smear a candidate with innuendo and hearsay, but they have to exercise their First Amendment right to look directly into the camera, identify themselves and speak their mind.”

Unfortunately for Mr. Willard's attempt to censor your right to political speech, here's the complete text of the First Amendment:

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 redress of grievances.”

Gosh, certainly sounds like the people are supposed to have the right to free speech, or even Yoicks! Assemble committees to do so.