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Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Johah Goldberg poses an interesting question... What do fat people, MoveOn.org and the Swift Boat Vets for Truth have in common? Oh, you know he's going somewhere with this one.
Read the whole thing and you'll find that he's not saying that you should start smoking and that women should get back home. But he is saying that the McCain-Feingold act was a piece of garbage that should be used as toilet paper (well, ok... I'm saying that, he just doesn't like that law).
The point is that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. The problem when it comes to so-called campaign finance reform is really three fold:
It has often times been said that the freedom of speech isn't meant to protect speech we like, it's meant to protect speech we hate. Nothing has been vilified more of late than soft money ads by political groups. Well, guess what. You may not like it, but tough shit. People ought to have the right to give how ever much money to whomever they want, free and clear. Just be up front and honest about it. The more you try to prevent it, the more people will find back door, shadowy ways to do it, which makes it harder to see exactly what's happening by who... which is the exact opposite of what you wanted in the first place.
We've seen it over and over again in our history and we have yet to learn from it. Ban alcohol... we know how that turned out. Bad drugs... not going too well so far. The British have banned guns... ask a cop over there how safe he feels (I'll give you a clue, they still wear vests). Unintended consequences are a bitch.
Oh yeah, and I should probably add that I do like smokers even though I don't smoke. The reaons are various, and I won't discuss them here.
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