In Soviet Bloc countries, individuals could be imprisoned for years simply for telling a joke. Now that mentality has seeped into the Federal Election Commission here in America.
Their target is former Arkansas governor turned broadcaster Mike Huckabee.
The whole situation is so disturbing that, to their credit, even other FEC staff have mutinied — appropriately enough, using humor.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Over mocking objections from their own staff, two top Democrats on the politically divided Federal Election Commission voted to investigate one-time Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee for joking that he hoped supporters would shower him with million dollar contributions.
In the latest display of FEC Democratic efforts to regulate speech and target Republicans, Commissioners Ann Ravel and Ellen Weintraub backed a complaint against Huckabee, who made the joke during his May 2015 presidential candidacy announcement.
At that event, he said, “I will be funded and fueled not by the billionaires, but by working people across America who will find out that $15 and $25 a month contributions can take us from Hope to higher ground. If you want to give a million dollars, please do it, but most can’t.”
The two Democrats backed legal enforcement of the claim that Huckabee was actively urging supporters to contribute more than the legal limits of $2,700. The complaint against Huckabee said that he was actually soliciting big dollar contributions for an affiliated political action committee, but he never mentioned it in his speech.
Huckabee’s “million dollars” remark is so innocuous it’s hard to believe anyone even noticed it. However, the same could be said of any number of comments that have gotten other Americans into trouble in the recent past.
Mike Huckabee has his share of detractors on the right, but surely all conservatives can feel some relief that the FEC backed down.
The question is: Who will they come after next time, and will that person be so lucky?
Credit: Washington Examiner