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Let me put this in perspective. I write as loboviejo because I like the concept of being an old wolf–there is a great deal of wisdom in a council of wolves. I consider the three little pigs to be feral swine.
There is a great debate going on in this country right now. We are being led by an establishment that wants to continue the travel into a totalitarian world government with the kleptocracy of the UN Secretariat at the center. And there are some working specifically for the dictatorship of the proletariat to run this country. They attack capitalism which has not really existed in this country since the Coolidge administration.
So the Washington Post is covering the DISCLOSE Act debate. The gist of it is that the Republicans are blocking the transparency needed to make politics accountable. What they are attempting to block is a bill that would create an “enemies list” for any president. No amount of spending or advocacy is going to neutralize the inherent advantage of incumbency–the only way for a challenger to get that much coverage would be to get pulling off the heist of the Century and Ben Bernanke already did that.
So the comments are basically the glories of transparency versus the evil Republicans who probably get billions in undisclosed…. Let’s be real. Harry Reid wants power. Harry Reid wants to know who is giving money to opponents of his program. Same with Barack Obama. Same with any number of incumbents.
So here is my comment.
Here is the deal. There organizations on both sides of the political spectrum who engage in harassment of those they disagree with. Some have been known to enter upon private property to intimidate the family of an executive of a company they disagree with. President John Adams sent thugs to “punish” opponents of his war and even those who dared insult his management style. Richard Nixon had a list of enemies whom he attempted to bring down the powers of the Government on. Abraham Lincoln had opponents jailed.
Anonymity is a tradition in American politics from Silence Dogood and Poor Richard to “an Englishman” to Publius, Cato and Brutus. I see no reason for the FEC to collect an enemies list for whoever gets elected. I will make this easy for the Progressives. My name is Earl Haehl, my blog is loboviejo.com, I am a Republican and I oppose any assault on the Bill of Rights.
Ultimately the fight is one that will go to the side with the most popular support–the Supreme Court has the tradition of Hugo Black opposing any infringement on the first amendment alongside the tradition of William O Douglas who had a much looser definition of necessity.