The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

4 November 2005

Where credit is due

First, a quote from House Speaker Dennis Hastert:

Today's action marks a sad day for one of our nation's most sacred rights: freedom of speech. The federal government seeks to control and regulate the Internet, but the last thing this Congress should be doing is trying to stifle public debate online. This bill would have kept the hands of the federal government off of Internet speech and protected the online debate that's underway. Our world has evolved and grown more technologically savvy. Lawmakers need to adjust to these changes. Unfortunately, opponents of online speech have decided to punish our changing technological world. It's especially unfortunate that Democratic Leader Pelosi voted no to free speech. This bill will come back under regular order, and I encourage all those who support free speech on the Internet to make their voices heard.

The mention of Pelosi is something of a cheap shot — it's not like anyone expects anything better from her — but otherwise, Hastert is spot-on.

Rather than focusing on the negatives, though, Sean Gleeson chooses to accentuate the positive: he's drafted an open letter to the Oklahoma House delegation, which, to its credit, voted 5-0 in favor of the measure.

(Thanks to The Steel Deal.)

Posted at 7:46 AM to Political Science Fiction