Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Free Speech Online - For Now

The FEC has graciously decided that they'll allow free speech to continue, at least for now. The Federal Election Commission yesterday approved regulations that acknowledge that they cannot regulate political speech online.

The ruling, to me and to most sane people I would hope, is obvious. What's astounding is that they actually had to debate this and that the word of the new regulation is actually news.

Were there actually folks out there who thought that, come election season, my little blog needs to be included in campaign finance rules and monitoring? Yes, there are those who think that the opinions expressed by individuals on blogs and web sites constitute a form of soft money that needs to be regulated.

Enjoy your free speech while it's available. This latest battle is won, but the larger war for control of your mind goes on.

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