Friday, April 01, 2005Can't talk about Social Security at the FDR Library
I have heard from a friend in New York state, and it is confirmed here, that the National Archives has required the cancellation of a forum on Social Security sponsored by the League of Women Voters and similar groups. The forum was to take place, fittingly enough, at the FDR library; if you can't talk about Social Security at the FDR library, where can you talk about it? But the Archives says it can't be allowed to take place, because it's a partisan event. Partisan? Well, maybe in the sense that no Republican elected official can be found who has anything to say in support of the President's pseudo-plan, although all local Republican members of Congress were invited ...
Loyalty oaths soon to follow.
BELATED UPDATE: Related thoughts here.
posted by sam 9:32 PM 2 comments
If the feds claim they can't hold the event at the Library because it is partisan, and it is partisan because no representatives will attend to present the President's position, then doesn't that make the case that our Federal taxes can't be spent on these Bush trips where no one is even allowed to present the Democatic side?
We will track this issue at http://joeruggiero.org
I guess that if any issue's support base is not equally divided between the major parties, then the issue itself is partisan.
I can't decide if this is just another (!) retraction of free speech, or if it is another blurring of the distinction between "issue speech" and "partisan speech". We should anticipate reintroduction of legislation permitting churches to support partisan candidates without jeopardizing their tax-free status.