Nancy Pelosi Wants to Shut Down Member Blogging

Democrats in the House Want Representatives to Only Post to "Approved" Websites

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We've had the pleasure to host many Representatives here at RedState, where they've written about issues that interest us all. But that may all be about to change if Nancy Pelosi has her way.

Via Congressman John Culberson's (R-TX) twitter feed, we learned today of an incredible threat to Congressional activity on the internet.

johnculberson: Before I could post a Tweet I would have to get approval of the twits that run the House! 25 minutes ago from web

johnculberson: They want to require prior approval of all posts to any public social media/internet/www site by any member of Congress!!! 26 minutes ago from web

johnculberson: Dem "Supreme Soviet" leadership of House would have to approve every Twitter before I could post it!!! 26 minutes ago from web

johnculberson: I just learned the Dems are trying to censor Congressmen's ability to use Twitter Qik YouTube Utterz etc - outrageous and I will fight them about 3 hours ago from TwitterBerry

Culberson and John Boehner have spoken out on the issue already, and Reps. Vern Ehlers (R-MI), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and Tom Price (R-GA) are leading the opposition. Under the rule, any kind of site that involves posting - including miniblogs on Twitter, podcasts, video on Youtube, etc. - would all have to be on sites "approved" by the House Democrat leadership as complying with House regulations. As the release states:

"Under the proposal, the House Administration Committee would develop a list of "approved" websites, and Members of Congress could only post content on such websites."

Whatever intention the Democrats have, this idea is ridiculous. Congressmen should be able to decide for themselves where and how they interact with their constituents and the American people.

Tell Nancy Pelosi and the House Administration Committee to stop trying to block transparency and openness in government. Call them at 202-224-3121.

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I know that the left doesn't like to let people speak freely, but this is ridiculous. I hope they just go "Coburn" on her and make her stop them.

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First, they couldn't pull it off, and second, it makes them look like the tyrannical idiots they are.

Impeach the 5 usurpers

ya gotta admit, she has a pair...


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Pelosi is the worst when it comes to freedom of speech. The government can't tell our reps what they can write and where. I can just imagine her list of approved sites. She's already riding her broom about the Fairness Doctrine. In my opinion we'd be better off if she popped her head scarf back on and took up residence in the Middle East. She'd be right at home in Iran, where government controls all media. The woman is a threat to freedom of speech and an insult to the intelligence of anyone who believes in that right conferred by our blasted constitution.

I love how the Libs will scream "Freedom of Speech" when they want to jamb their ideals down the throats of others,.. whether they want to hear it or not. Yet they have the gall to attempt to squelch the words of fellow politicians along with demanding the power to "choose" WHAT gets published and WHERE it can BE published.

This along with the so-called Fairness Doctrine are, IMO, near criminal attempts to control speech and thought they don't agree with. Obviously this is crystal clear but how long will it be before they will try for even more control over the free speech of regular citizens? Wasn't McCain/Lieberman's campaign finance reform a nice start?

What are my country and its constitution becoming? Or should I say where are they going? Isn't such censorship common practice in some of her favorite countries, Iran, Syria, North Korea, China..... I know her buddy Asad, in Syria, is proud of her.

compared to the shenanigans that The Obamessiah will pull, complicit with the Leftist-controlled House and Senate. This is trivial. We'll be pining for the days of the Fairness Doctrine after two years of T.O. implementing his Marxist policies.

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“You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say. ” - Martin Luther

McCain for POTUS so the left can't ruin SCOTUS.

"Who will stand/On either hand/And guard this bridge with me?" (Macaulay)

Rarely is there an issue that so soundly strikes to the heart of all that is wrong with Rep. Pelosi and her perceived uber-control over every aspect of the members of the house.

I did not, could not, nor desire to have my representative (Jeff Flake, R-AZ) muzzled by a rule preventing him or anyone else from presenting their positions to me and the rest of their constituents.

There is a place where silencing political foes is common, it's called a dictatorship and Pelosi has greatly overstepped her boundaries.


It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

I think this is just a prelude to Pelosi and Obama shutting down all blogging they disagree with--ever heard of the First Amendment?

Speaking of blogs, check out this great new website I hope the national Republicans will spend a lot of money saying that Barack Obama is not WRIGHT for America--it's a winner!

people so afraid of the truth? If they will do this to retain power there is nothing they will not accomplish with a President Obama....remember that folks....elections have consquences....

Freedom of Religion NOT Freedom from Religion

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
-Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

control members of the House in this fashion, let any new rules apply to Democrat members only.

it's going south by the minute. Remember her "Contract On America?" She is so sublimely stupid that she missed the Mafia implication. Remember this creature is supportive of the oxymoronic "Fairness Doctrine" which is a direct attack on the First Amendment.

She is edging further towards the Bobo Boxer/Maxine Waters wing of the loony tune left as her ratings sink into single digits---free fall when more stuff like this blog control gets wider circulation.

A clueless crone.

This is a shot across his bow, too...unless he's received a secret guarantee of approval. More likely, Nancy is trying to squelch embarrassing emissions from whack-job leftie congresscritters, too.

Pelosi's taking heat from that side of the 'sphere lately over FISA, not to mention the usual slow burn over the war and (from a much smaller set) the lack of movement on impeachment. An exemption for dKos would make them effectively the official Tame Mouthpiece of the Democratic Party... and that would not make the rest of the Left 'sphere happy.

The Fuzzy Puppy of the VRWC. I've been usurped!

but I can't bring myself to lurk Over There and wait for a Kos broadside against Pelosi. Besides, someone here has probably already got that covered;)

He doesn't work for her, he works for the people. But maybe I'm wrong. Perhaps he does work for Der Fehurer Of The House.

Or a link to it?

This thread, and Culberson's twitter posts, are full of indignation, but rather light on details.

...but here's the letter that sparked this whole thing:

Rep. Culberson apparently uses video a lot, and is understandably perturbed that Congress might be inclined to interfere with that; for that matter, so am I.

The Fuzzy Puppy of the VRWC. I've been usurped!

They want to ensure that House content doesn't appear next to "commercial or political" information?

Holy freaking cow, that's out of touch.

That Democrats think the people's Representatives should be cut off from conversation with the very same people they are alleged to represent. Sort of like the same people's freedom of speech argument, you are free to say anything you like, as long as we agree with it.

The Soviet Union ran a lot like this. Then they ran into the probelm that Communism and free press are mutually exclusive, sort of like what the Democrats are finding out today with their 'new' environmental Marxism. You can't get much done with all these people looking over your shoulder and telling others what is really going on. That was the exclusive territory of the drive by parrot before all this Internet stuff became the thing -- Democrats need to get back to only one source for propaganda, err truth.

The fly in the ointment is there is always someone, some network, some radio show, some website, who won't tow the party line.

We are still a Representative Republic aren't we? At least until Obambi is elected.

but so far campaign finance reform has largely remained in tact. Sad really.

McCain for POTUS so the left can't ruin SCOTUS.

so it makes sense that they wouldn't like the 1st.

Enforcement might be a big problem for Pelosi, but hopefully she looses her position very soon for FARCing up with Chavez. Still, it would be interesting to see this one in court.

simpson316, an interesting point of the campaign finance reform is that it is getting dismantled one piece at a time with each case on campaign laws. The disappointment is that the SCOTUS won't rule against it all at one time, but with all of the liberal emphasis on stare decisis, the Roberts court doesn't seem to be willing to chuck it all out. But I suspect that ten years from now, it will be a bad dream.

Sad, how she thinks that she can get away with this. Even more sadly, this is but the tip of the iceberg for her and the incoming Congress.

Of course, I did so after I got upset and passed this along.
But the question I am left with right now is: "What constitutes 'official house communications'?"

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