Rep. Capuano's Newspeak for Censorship

As the Obama candidacy gains momentum, we should all become more accustomed to “newspeak.” Out is the word “censorship” to be replaced with the phrase “freedom of speech.” The former phrase “freedom of speech’ will be prohibited except in classical texts until such texts can be reprinted wherein all references to actual free speech will be deleted.

That, of course, seems the natural progression from Rep. Mick Capuano (D-MA), who calls the internet a “necessary evil.”

Rep. Capuano is proposing regulations that would prohibit Members of Congress from contributing content to any site that has commercial advertising. Likewise, Rep. Capuano, though he’s peddling furiously away from it, has proposed Congressional approval of new technologies that Members of Congress could only embrace after Congress issues a blessing.

The same thing is happening in the Senate, though Senators are being less vocal about Senator Diane Feinstein’s similar proposal.

Congressman John Boehner’s office has a post up on this subject. His staff points out that under Congressman Capuano’s proposal, members of the House of Representatives could be prohibited from having op-eds in newspapers because those op-eds also appear online.

And it’s not just Congressman Boehner and his staff. The Sunlight Foundation disagrees with Rep. Capuano’s spin, as do other outside groups.

This has very little to do with actually making sure congressmen are not using their office to endorse commercial advertising and everything to do with Democrats being routinely out-gamed by Republicans in floor fights that are highlighted by Republican congressman on blogs and in YouTube mocking the insanity of the Democrats’ congressional track record.

America’s Mother-in-Law claims Congress has a “responsibility to ensure that Members and the public understand the need to prevent the misuse of public funds, while at the same time ensuring access to emerging online means of communication.” Bridges to nowhere are apparently an acceptable use of public funds while connecting with constituents via YouTube has been perverted to be a misuse of public funds.

Get used to newspeak.