Posts tagged politics
Posts tagged politics
An excellent WSJ editorial tackles the astroturf campaign to use the Securities and Exchange Commission to order DISCLOSE Act-like regulations by fiat, even though shareholders routinely and summarily reject these types of initiatives in the normal course of proxy voting and corporate governance:
If the targeted companies won’t roll over, the liberal and union fall back is to browbeat the SEC to make it a proxy requirement for all companies. “If we have to go company by company” that “is a very long and drawn out process,” Mr. DiNapoli says. “It is the appropriate role for the SEC to set a standard, industry wide so that all of these corporations that are publicly traded will do the right thing in terms of disclosure.”
Liberal activists boast they’ve collected some 500,000 comments in support of an SEC rule to require disclosure, but over 99% of them are form letters originating with the same activists. New SEC Chairman Mary Jo White is under particular lobbying pressure from unions, Democrats and the liberal press, and whether she succumbs will be the first big test of her political independence.
Liberals claim universal disclosure is right for corporations, but they want a different set of rules for their own donors. Take the liberal outfit, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (Crew), which has been resisting an effort to subpoena its donor information. The group, which has lambasted conservative groups for failing to disclose their contributors, claims that its donors are protected from disclosure by the … First Amendment.
Be sure to read the full piece by clicking the link above.
I am incredibly moved by the outpouring of support from friends and other family members who watched as the Boston Marathon bombing story unfolded, knowing my family and I were there to see my brother Morgan race his third Boston Marathon (and post a personal record for the course of 2:46:55!). I am also incredibly moved by the outpouring of kindness from strangers, both on the ground in Boston and online.
Many people have asked privately whether I plan to write about my experiences over the last few days. The answer is “yes,” but this post will not be it. I just wanted to note briefly for the record that today is when the hard part has begun for me. I spent the day of the attack and yesterday just trying to get a story told, to get information out when people couldn’t get it easily, to make sure my family was safe and accounted for, and able to return home from Boston, literally in one piece without other incident.
I haven’t yet had time to myself to process what happened, and it has begun to hit me like a ton of bricks today. I have vacillated between thankful/relieved and tearful/angry/confused. I absolutely lost it after working out with my trainer this morning, and she asked me, like she does every week, “How do you feel?” Suffice it to say, I heard something a little different when she asked this week.
I’m disappointed in the bickering over whether or not the president used the word “terrorism,” in the race-baiting at Salon (and the reaction to that race-baiting, thereby elevating it), in the quickness with which people have sought to blame this group or that group, or to speculate on the causes of the attack, when none of us really have any information, and the investigation is less than 48 hours old.
I know that the right thing to do is to pray that God bless, keep, and forgive whomever is responsible for this. That is a difficult task today. I’m grateful to a former colleague who offered the following words:
The closer we are to the situation or the person that wants to hurt us, the harder it is to pray for them. I have found the best place to start is realizing I can’t offer this forgiveness alone and ask God to soften my own heart so that I may pray for them; but also express my gratitude to him for continuing to forgive me.
Please keep the wounded, the deceased, their families, the first responders, and the City of Boston in your prayers, and please take some time this week to donate blood to the American Red Cross. Find a donation center here.
I have apparently fooled the right people into thinking I have something valuable to say about messaging and content, and they have in turn invited me to speak at Campaigns & Elections’s 2013 CampaignTech conference in DC next week. I’ll be speaking at 2:00 p.m. Eastern next Friday, April 19. Here’s a little information about my panel:
CONTENT IS KING
Are you creating the right digital content for your goals? How can political organizers and campaigners produce the kind of content that attracts an audience? What do you need to do to position your group or campaign to be a media producer and content creator, crafting headlines of your own instead of chasing them down in the mainstream media?
Frankly, I have no idea what I’m going to say yet, but it looks like I have a week to make something up. At least I’ll be joined on my panel by fellow CRAFT | Media/Digital alumnus Daniel Huey who, if you look closely, slightly resembles Sam the Eagle:
If you’re in DC, or you’re planning to attend, please come and laugh at my jokes. Or should I promise to not tell any to get you to come?
Whether you laugh or not, if you do come, please introduce yourself. I want to shake the hand of anyone crazy enough to have read all the way to the end of this post.
My former Cato Institute colleagues David Boaz and Robert A. Levey joined former Center for American Progress president John Podesta, former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson, and attorney David Boies (the latter two being co-counsel in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the case challenging California’s controversial Proposition 8, being heard today by the U.S. Supreme Court) in this 2011 video, in which they lay out the simple constitutional case for marriage equality. It’s as timely as ever.
Republicans made important strides this week to face up to the digital chasm they face with the Obama organization. As they do, they would do well to pay attention to these job listings for Organizing for Action that were just forwarded to me.
Job listings are the first thing that tipped me off…
“100 pages of plans for the re-branding of the GOP, and not one mention of liberty.” Fail.
Supporting equal marriage should be a no-brainer for Republicans, and that’s thankfully an argument more and more Republicans are making.
That’s my former CRAFT | Media/Digital colleague Jon Henke, and he’s right: generally the people who care most about media bias are people who make a lot of money selling public allegations of media bias (and, of course, the people those people have convinced that bias is as big a problem as they say it is). But those allegations don’t move any political or policy balls down the field, and they are generally a distraction from the real work of politics.
I’m as guilty as the next guy of complaining about media bias, and I’ve even done it here at Friction Tape. But social tools — networking sites, blogs, online video, online advertising, etc. — empower people to replace the media. Libertarians and conservatives generally haven’t gone far enough in this area, but not for a lack of talent. When (a) donors put enough resources into digital strategy, instead of funding snarky TV ads that condescend, and (b) legacy libertarian and conservative institutions begin to eschew their hyperventilative caution about the social dynamic of web 2.0, we’ll stop seeing bad presidents like Barack Obama getting re-elected at times when, by no reasonable stretch of the imagination, should he have been.
Related: several other friends and former colleagues are quoted in this New York Times piece on the future of the GOP. It’s well worth your time if you’re interested in campaigns, or how movements think and work — particularly the intriguing dynamic of young vs. old Republicans in this story.
Completely Self-Absorbed Obama Gets Up And Just Talks For An Hour Straight: Full Report
A history of the State of the Union, courtesy of C-SPAN. Program notes here.
Personally, I’d like to see the day return again when presidents deliver the State of the Union address to Congress in written form. You know, get some mileage out of that new-fangled email thingamajig, instead of a televised shit show that crashes Twitter with inane commentary, both frothy adulation and breathless outrage.