They do so love freedom:
“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.’
“That amendment was introduced by Senator David Vitter (R-LA).
Who is now attempting to wipe his fingerprints off the glass, apparently. I must say, this touches me deeply, it even inspires me to song:
I’m proud to be a Republican and defend democracy
And I won’t forget the men who died to elect al-Maliki.
I gladly stand up next to you and tell you to fight afar
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land
God Bless the commissar.