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by Jim Wrenn, Editor
(February 1, 2000)
Media & Campaign-Finance "Reform"..
The media will interpret the
New Hampshire results on 02-01-00 as a clear sign that "the people"
want campaign-finance "reform." The combined votes for two
honorable men (Bradley and McCain) demonstrate how easily the
"independent" voters are seduced by the word "reform"
without feeling obligated to conduct a serious analysis of whether the proposed
"reform" would improve or worsen the subject of reform. The
campaign-finance "reform" proposals by Bradley and McCain are among
the most pernicious political proposals in decades. Neither of them will
admit or confront the fact that their proposals would, in effect, place the
government and the dominant media in control of political expression.
Control of political expression by the government is a vastly greater evil than
the influence of "money" on politics.
News/Good News: Bad
News for Gore: Independent voters overwhelmingly rejected Gore. Bad
News for Bush: Independent voters overwhelmingly rejected Bush. Good
News for the "Reform" Party:
overwhelmingly rejected Gore and Bush. Bad News for the
"Reform" Party: You have no viable candidate capable of
attracting more than a small fraction of the independent voters. Good
News for the Country: There's time left for Bush, McCain and Bradley
to move to the center (if they have the will to do so).
to Candidates. Advice
to George Bush:
First, retract your foolish claim that internet sites satirizing you should be
subject to regulation under campaign-finance laws; Second, relentlessly expose
to the public the details of McCain's proposals for campaign-finance
"reform" in such a way that the otherwise uninformed listeners will
understand how it hands control of political expression to three groups:
the government, the dominant media and $500-per-hour lawyers; Stop predicating
your opposition to McCain/Bradley's campaign-finance "reform" on the
contention that it would be "bad for the Republican Party" and start
explaining to the public how it would be bad for free speech (i.e., bad for the country)
and good for the dominant media, government regulators and $500-per-hour
to McCain: Having
honorably demonstrated a willingness to admit when you've been wrong, abandon
your current proposals for campaign-finance "reform" in favor of
genuine reform that would reduce rather than increase governmental regulation of
political speech. Advice
Relentlessly expose Al Gore's duplicitousness and reflexive support of
pseudo-science being promulgated by environmental extremists motivated by
statist, anti-captialist, neo-pantheistic dogma; Stop appealing to the "gimme"
voters-- i.e., those who base their votes on a "what'll you gimme"
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