Thursday, December 14, 2006
John McCain Takes on the Blogosphere
Yes, it's more "straight-talk" from the Sell Out Express that is John McCain. Under the guise of going after child pornography, McCain has introduced new legislation that could punish individual bloggers up to $300,000 for illegal use of images. I don't know of a single personal blog that does not use "found" images from the net. "Millions of commercial Web sites and personal blogs would be required to report illegal images or videos posted by their users or pay fines of up to $300,000, if a new proposal in the U.S. Senate came into law." Going after child porn is important, but using it as cover to go after political speech (which is what he is doing) is just wrong. McCain sarcastically attacked bloggers during his speech at Jerry "agent of intolerance" Falwell's University: "When I was a young man, I was quite infatuated with self-expression, and rightly so because, if memory conveniently serves, I was so much more eloquent, well-informed, and wiser than anyone else I knew. It seemed I understood the world and the purpose of life so much more profoundly than most people...It’s a pity that there wasn’t a blogosphere then. I would have felt very much at home in the medium."