Isn’t it amazing
The Obama Campaign & Movement
TURN THAT MICROPHONE BACK ON…I PAID FOR IT!
Freedom of expression under attack from those who want to “control the microphone”.
Strange bed-fellows try to stifle public discussions in public places.
Local governments are united in opposition to permiting public debate and discussions in public places including public buildings. (such as, libraries, community centers, city hall, city counsel chambers; etc) No, I am not joking…loss of freedom of expression undermines the whole idea of participatory democracy. Participatory democracy requires informed citizens who can dialogue with others in their community; but why should they be denied access to public meeting places. (Note to all of you public officials, we are not interested in your excuse, it’s the law. Tell what accomodations you will commit to.)
And, what about all these city counsel candidates; whose side are they on?Just maybe if they had public places to discuss issues with concerned citizens, (and I don’t mean forums with 30 sec available to talk about our future) maybe they would feel that litering the roadways with name recognition signs would be less important and even foregone.
Controlling the microphone is not limited to city officials; it is also appearing in the blogshere. A self describe progressive web site is leaning on me to post less or…?
We have already loss freedom of expression with the MSM and Fox who only want their version to be seen.
A number of local bloggers and political reporters have been willing to hear me out…of course, to them, Freedom of expression is a big deal. I invite them to go with me when I visit any of our city halls. Freedom of expression is not alive and well here in the 45th CD.