Give Me Liberty or Give Me the FEC

There’s a famous quote — misattributed to Voltaire — that goes, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” John Kerry and George Bush seem to want to replace that maxim with, “If I don’t like your ad, I’ll whine to the Federal Elections Commission.”

Kerry went from saying “bring it on” in response to questions about his war record to a “please make it stop” complaint with the FEC. Bush isn’t much better, trumpeting his signing of the campaign finance reform law and demanding an end to ads that are outside of that framework.

It’s amusing to see the two men vying for the most powerful elected office in the world running scared from the likes of MoveOn.Org or Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

This is the best we have to choose from?

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