Read 'Em. I Do.
No, I'm not talking about our nation becoming involved in fighting the current scourge of the world, ISIS.
Instead, I am closer to home. If people wonder why, at times, it appears to be so difficult for Republicans to win and then stay in office, then read this.
Defendants launched and aggressively pursued a secret criminal investigation targeting every major right-of-center advocacy group in Wisconsin on the view that this kind of “coordination” between a candidate and supporters of his policies is illegal. They also claim the power to restrict speech on public policy issues based on an advocacy group’s communications with a candidate, whether or not that speech has anything to do with that candidate’s own campaign or election.
In short, Defendants claim a carte blanche to target more or less every person or group that has ever participated in Wisconsin political or policy debates, to raid their homes, seize their records and personal effects, subpoena their emails and phone records, and threaten them with prosecution - all things that Defendants actually did in this case – merely for speaking out on the issues. It would be difficult to conceive a more offensive disregard for the First Amendment rights of citizens to advocate and associate with others to advance their beliefs through the political process, the very lifeblood of representative democracy.
Defendants did not adopt this indefensible legal position out of some misplaced zeal to enforce Wisconsin campaign-finance law. The facts show that it was a pretext, contrived to support the latest phase of a years-long crusade against Governor Scott Walker, his associates, and now his philosophical allies. What began four years ago as a routine investigation into missing charitable funds immediately morphed into a pursuit of all-things-Walker, as Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and his accomplices repeatedly expanded their investigation to pursue new angles and new targets.
Posted by Peg on Tuesday, September 02, 2014 at 08:27 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
Wow. June 17th my last post! An indication of how life continually changes.
I haven't posted not because I no longer
care about issues, politics and philosophy. Rather, "life" intruded. Too many responsibilities, personal and private, that took virtually all my time.
Today, however, I read this and felt moved to post about it.
Many social conservatives say they feel politically isolated as the country seems to be hurtling to the left, with marijuana now legal in Colorado and gay marriage gaining ground across the nation. They feel out of place in a GOP increasingly dominated by tea party activists and libertarians who prefer to focus on taxes and the role of government and often disagree with social conservatives on drugs or gay rights.
Meanwhile, the list of possible front-runners for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination includes New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has a limited relationship with evangelical activists, and the libertarian-leaning Paul, the senator from Kentucky who only recently began reaching out to social conservatives. One prominent establishment favorite weighing a bid, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), is a supporter of legal same-sex marriage who claims his views on the issue could help him and his party appeal to younger voters .
I can commiserate with the evangelicals. Though we are on opposite sides of a number of issues, I know what it is like to feel as if there is not a party nor politicians who represent what you believe. For many years, my choices seem to be "Democrats, somewhat attuned to my social views but waaaaay out of whack with fiscal, small government and freedom issues" versus "Republicans, somewhat attuned to fiscal & small government - but prehistoric on many social issues." Some years, I'd vote for independents, knowing that essentially I might as well have stayed home and watched returns of Leave It to Beaver. or I'd pick one of the major party candidates - often Republicans. Particularly in my state, my vote would often be with little enthusiasm, both because I disagreed with the candidate on a number of issues and because I knew the odds of Republicans in Minnesota winning are often slim to none.
Posted by Peg on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 10:25 AM | Permalink | Comments (4)