I’m trying to tone down the number of political posts, but this shit has gotten out of hand:
“In what sounds like a comedy sketch from Jon Stewart’s Daily Show, but isn’t, the U. S. Senate would impose criminal penalties, even jail time, on grassroots causes and citizens who criticize Congress.
“Section 220 of S. 1, the lobbying reform bill currently before the Senate, would require grassroots causes, even bloggers, who communicate to 500 or more members of the public on policy matters, to register and report quarterly to Congress the same as the big K Street lobbyists. Section 220 would amend existing lobbying reporting law by creating the most expansive intrusion on First Amendment rights ever. For the first time in history, critics of Congress will need to register and report with Congress itself.
“The bill would require reporting of “˜paid efforts to stimulate grassroots lobbying,’ but defines “˜paid’ merely as communications to 500 or more members of the public, with no other qualifiers.
“On January 9, the Senate passed Amendment 7 to S. 1, to create criminal penalties, including up to one year in jail, if someone “˜knowingly and willingly fails to file or report.’ Congress To Send Critics To Jail
Can America get anymore screwed up then it already is? This proves the answer is a definite “YES”.
The only possible reason for this type of legislation is because of Congress itself, which has utterly and totally failed in it’s job to protect and serve the American people. Silencing critics will simply give Congress and even freer license to practice its gross incompetence.
Of course, this thing will never pass. But like all the other resolutions and proposed legislation of the past, it will come back surreptitiously and will be sneaked in a watered down form that will gain strength over time.
I can’t hardly prevent myself from saying this, but the collapse is going to get mightly ugly.