SHARE IF YOU AGREE ! -The Maine media excludes most constitutional considerations from political talking points- except when they are used as political points against one party or the other. In 2013 The Legislature passed a bill that removed the constitutional requirement that certain fiscal information accompany bond questions on the ballot and declared that such information would be placed outside the guard rail (meaning outside the voting area) . Although this was blatantly repugnant to the Maine Constitution, Governor Lepage did not veto it and the Maine media did not cover it. And so bringing the US and Maine constitution back into the political talking points in Maine is going to have to start as a grass roots movement.
I have often written about the Maine media being part of the problem in which the state of Maine has been fundamentally transformed away from its constitutional basis and into the Corporation of Maine.
And I have written about the censorship of my direct comments as implemented by the Bangor Daily News, a model now being followed by the Portland Press Herald and ironically censoring my comment in which I contest that the larger issue in the Senator Willette comments is not Maine's reputation as defined by Senator Alfond:
Alfond told reporters that Willette’s apology was a “start,” but said there was a larger issue at stake, including Maine’s reputation as a state and its treatment of immigrants and people of varied races.
The larger issue at stake is freedom of speech and whether government's role is to serve the people or rule the people. I do not find the criticism leveraged against Willette to be honest and I do not see why taxpayers should have to pay the legislature to assert their own arguable opinions over the people which is nothing other than regulating speech. Freedom of Speech means freedom to express and let other express their views whether you like those views or not. I find the critics of Willett to be hypocritical in light of all the abuse the left has directed at Bush and Sarah Palin and more. But worse their assault on freedom of speech is infinitely more offensive than that which they are asserting to be "bad manners" Post by Mackenzie Andersen censored by the Portland Press Herald
So there is your evidence that freedom of speech is endangered in the state of Maine as its legislature and government and their alliances in "public-private relationships" lead the state further and further away from its Constitution to transform Maine into a corporate state- an ultimate form of "public-private relationship"
Also This week I saw a post by my nephew Colin Woodard on twitter- an article that Colin penned for the Portland Press Herald. It is an article about how Lepage's elimination of revenue sharing will affect that Indian tribes and how that revenue is distributed through patronage in much the same model that tax payer money is distributed to its special interests by the corporate state.- though that comparison was not part of Colin's article. I was going to retweet the article but when I went to do so I was informed that I have been blocked from retweeting tweets by Colin, my nephew and Portland Press Herald reporter.
I wondered why Colin can only block participation by myself rather than engaging it- but this has been his standard for as long as I have been writing about politics and so it was not surprising. I could speculate on various theories to explain his adverse attitude toward my own engagement but I will just leave it at that- almost !. Some would say I have already said too much. I will add that Colin is part of the PPH culture which dominates the Maine main stream media. The times they are a changing- or so I have noticed recently from other online comments. Soon may come the day when the PPH culture might have to address that something is happening in the state beyond what the main stream media depicts.