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Badnarik on Michael Moore (constitution on fire)
    #3077806 - 09/01/04 01:41 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

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June 28, 2004

Attack on 'Fahrenheit 9/11' shows 'Constitution is on fire' Badnarik says

WASHINGTON, DC -- The attack on Michael Moore's new documentary, "Fahrenheit 9/11," shows that free speech has come under an unprecedented assault in America, thanks to the campaign finance law passed by Congress last year, says Libertarian presidential candidate Michael Badnarik.

"The Constitution is on fire -- a fire that was set when Democrats and Republicans passed their so-called campaign finance reform law," says Badnarik, who was nominated by the party on May 30. "The attempt to gag Michael Moore demonstrates that McCain-Feingold was just an excuse to outlaw political criticism."

Under an advisory opinion from the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Moore may be prohibited from advertising his controversial new documentary, which is sharply critical of President Bush, after July 30. Under McCain-Feingold, corporate-paid radio or TV ads that identify a federal candidate are illegal to broadcast within 30 days of a primary or 60 days of a general election.

Since Moore has publicly stated that his goal is to help defeat Bush, Democrats and Republicans are waging partisan warfare over "Fahrenheit 9/11."

But Badnarik -- who teaches classes on the Constitution -- says a much larger issue is at stake: Every American's freedom of speech.

"The truth is that Democrats and Republicans committed a bipartisan crime against the First Amendment when they passed the McCain-Feingold law," according to Badnarik.

"This law allows politicians to determine what their critics can say, when they can say it and how much they can spend in the process -- which is exactly what's not supposed to happen in a free country."

Noting that the First Amendment clearly states that 'Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom speech,' Badnarik asked: "What part of the words 'no law' doesn't the government understand? The First Amendment doesn't contain exceptions for advertisements that might offend the president or cost him his job -- and it certainly doesn't authorize federal movie police.

"Every American should stand up for Michael Moore's right to advertise 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' regardless of how they feel about George Bush."






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Re: Badnarik on Michael Moore (constitution on fire) [Re: DigitalDuality]
    #3078090 - 09/01/04 03:22 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

im starting to like how this badarnick guy thinks more and more


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Re: Badnarik on Michael Moore (constitution on fire) [Re: DigitalDuality]
    #3078309 - 09/01/04 04:24 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

"This law allows politicians to determine what their critics can say, when they can say it and how much they can spend in the process -- which is exactly what's not supposed to happen in a free country."

amen...


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Re: Badnarik on Michael Moore (constitution on fire) [Re: ]
    #3078316 - 09/01/04 04:28 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

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mushmaster said:
"This law allows politicians to determine what their critics can say, when they can say it and how much they can spend in the process -- which is exactly what's not supposed to happen in a free country."

amen...




while that is true, with no restrictions one party could basically suck coporate cock by passing only laws benefititing big business and possibly hurting the people. that party would in turn be endowed with more money for more propoganda. its very complicated


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Re: Badnarik on Michael Moore (constitution on fire) [Re: DigitalDuality]
    #3078619 - 09/01/04 06:01 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

As I understand it, the Republicans that were trying to get Michael Moore's ads pulled were against McCain/Feingold and only did it because they felt like it was a double standard.
If your going to repeal McCain/Feingold, then do it, but if you are going to apply it apply it evenly. Michael Moore is no exception.


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Re: Badnarik on Michael Moore (constitution on fire) [Re: KingOftheThing]
    #3078720 - 09/01/04 06:42 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

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KingOftheThing said:
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mushmaster said:
"This law allows politicians to determine what their critics can say, when they can say it and how much they can spend in the process -- which is exactly what's not supposed to happen in a free country."

amen...




while that is true, with no restrictions one party could basically suck coporate cock by passing only laws benefititing big business and possibly hurting the people. that party would in turn be endowed with more money for more propoganda. its very complicated



Look how much corporate backing Bush has. Campaign finance laws have not hurt him. They have only given him yet another weapon to use against his opponent. The plutocracy cannot be stopped by regulating free speech. It can only come about as a result of separating government and economy. Repeal corporate subsidies as well as unnecessary business regulations. Then, corporations will have nothing to buy.


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