Senator Once Fancying Himself as Luke Skywalker Now Drawn to the
By Frederick Meekins
April 10, 2001
3:19 says, "...and men loved darkness rather than light, because
their deeds were evil." Often ignorance is spoken of metaphorically
as darkness. In such a case, that verse could easily be applied
as a warning against politicians.
government officials often gamble on the fact that in all likelihood
the American people will not find out about their questionable dealings.
The McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Bill would turn such
informational oversights into guarantees nefarious legislators could
is more to the McCain-Feingold Bill than limiting how much candidates
for office can raise for elections or how much supporters can contribute.
The proposal is in fact a statutory muzzle upon the unfettered exchange
of information essential to keeping the elected in check.
prominent provision forbids unions, corporations, and advocacy organizations
from commenting on or communicating with candidates regarding their
positions on particular issues under congressional consideration
sixty days before an election. According to the Washington Times,
this would essentially outlaw forms of communication such as voter
guides, newsletters, issue papers, and informative broadcast spots.
little will be done to curb the influence of the rich and powerful.
Critics have referred to this campaign finance reform bill as the
incumbent protection act since it forces broadcasters to sell air
time to incumbents at the lowest available cost. Furthermore, it
sets no limits on the amount multimillionaires can spend in the
pursuit of office.
perhaps most disturbing, the bill would slant America's ongoing
public dialogue in favor of the elite. For while interest groups
will be compelled to stifle their expression, specified mainstream
media outlets will be allowed to continue to publish stories and
editorials favoring their take on political reality.
the McCain bill fails to acknowledge is that issue advocacy organizations
play a crucial role in propagating perspectives and alternative
sources of information that would not otherwise be able to compete
with ensconced bigshots. No wonder the bill is supported by influential
political personalities and journalistic institutions.
would seem that those supporting this brand of campaign finance
reform have a personal aversion to individual liberty. Chief among
those suffering from this affliction is the bill's namesake, Senator
should be recalled that McCain made a campaign appearance last primary
season in Virginia to chastise and repudiate Jerry Falwell and Pat
Robertson for daring to enunciate their beliefs on key issues of
the day such as abortion.
liberals will no doubt welcome any measure designed to diminish
the influence of the Religious Right over American society and public
policy. Yet it must be remembered that this law will apply equally
to the National Abortion Rights Action League and National Right
to Life alike. Just because it's aimed at one's opponents today
does not mean it won't be aimed at yourself tomorrow.
the United States, political disputes were intended to be resolved
and solutions arrived at through a process of public debate and
persuasion, not by legislative whim or congressional fiat.
First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads, "Congress shall
make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting
the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or
of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble,
and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
One wonders just what about "Congress shall make no law"
John McCain fails to comprehend.
literature in no way runs afoul of the "Clear and Present Danger"
standard employed by the courts in justifying the abridgement of
certain kinds of inflammatory speech. If anything, the clear and
present danger is posed by politicians, bureaucrats, and jurists
who would employ such a standard as a smokescreen to hide their
own crooked activities that have no bearing upon legitimate national
security concerns from the American people.
8:32 proclaims, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth
shall make you free." If Senator McCain has turned his back
on truth and on freedom, perhaps he has more in common with the
Communist thugs who held him captive during the Vietnam War than
he is willing to admit or even realize.
by Frederick B. Meekins