Freedom is like a garden needing constant nurturing and protection. Liberty's most wonderful flower is freedom of speech under which all of our other splendid freedoms are sheltered. Freedom's precious flower is currently withering under a blight named McCain-Feingold, perhaps the most insidious invader yet in our freedom garden. Another pest is also attacking our rare and valuable blossom, it's called the Wellstone amendment.
Sen. Wellstone proposed, under the pretense of reforming campaign finances, that the government should control freedom of speech, actually prohibiting such diverse groups as the NRA or Sierra Club from telling us facts. This is the type of censorship used in Communist dictatorships for thought control. Wellstone knows this directly opposes constitutional rights so his amendment has severability just in case his speech censorship amendment should be found unconstitutional. Then it wouldn't entirely ruin the McCain-Feingold bill from limiting free speech. Wellstone admitted, "even if a Supreme Court in the future were to say this amendment is not constitutional ... it would not apply to any other provisions" (of McCain-Feingold).
The Brainerd Dispatch is commendably open to conflicting arguments (hey, they print my letters, like them or not) letting people decide for themselves the truth based on facts. McCain-Feingold-Wellstone would stop this, forcing the media into becoming government controlled indoctrination outlets. The media already holds enormous power to mold popular opinions, look how easy they changed swamps into wetlands, jungles into rain forests and dumps into landfills. They label racial discrimination by police racial profiling, yet racial discrimination by colleges is called affirmative action.
Massive spending on campaigns is their excuse for limiting liberty, but keeping the beautiful bloom of freedom requires hard work. Let President Bush and Senators Wellstone and McCain know how you feel about censorship in the land of the free.
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