Hershblogger at The Other Club chastens those who would accept any diminution of our fundamental right to free speech. Spurred on by some bloggers who think that this very tightly focused FEC Advisory Opinion for the leftist Fired Up! Network of blogs is a "major victory" for free speech, Hershblogger lets loose.
What the hell is an “internet free speech” advocate? Someone who thinks bloggers should have free speech, but the rest of us are on our own? When did free speech begin to come in categories?
Sadly, those who should be at the forefront of the resistance to this travesty are this week celebrating a victory which does not even rise to the level of Pyrrhic, and the fawning acceptance of this crumb from the FEC table is disgusting.
The appropriate response to federal threats to “internet free speech” is not to beg for an exemption, but to refuse to acknowledge that free speech is divisible into categories. The appropriate response would have been for ten thousand bloggers to violate the law in every conceivable and most obvious way and dare the FEC to sue them. This concept has been called “civil disobedience.” It has had some success in the past.
Hershblogger's whole piece is very good. Read the whole thing.