Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Apple Denies Free Political Speech To Republican Candidate Ari David By Rejecting iPhone App

By Ari David, Republican Candidate for Congress
California 30th District

A few weeks ago I hired a company to create an iPhone Application for my congressional campaign.  My designers told me when we started that Apple would take about two weeks to approve the app after they finished the design and coding.

They submitted the app and then we waited and waited and waited.

Recently the designers contacted Apple to find out what was taking so long.

A couple days ago Apple responded and told us that they were rejecting the submission and told us that they were doing so on the grounds that content in the app is defamatory of my opponent, incumbent Henry Waxman.

Here are the statements Apple found defamatory.

SUPPORTED Cap & Trade legislation that would have brought us $7 a gallon gas and as President Obama has stated, would make electricity rates “necessarily sky rocket.” 
This one is well known considering that Waxman sponsored the bill in the House and President Obama is famous for making the statement about the need under his plan for “skyrocketing” electricity rates.

VOTED TO CUT Medicare spending by half a trillion dollars which would severely hurt seniors.  Time to go Henry!

This one is also well known since the Health Care Reform bill just passed a few weeks ago.

VOTED AGAINST missile defense funding, which jeopardized the US and Israel.

Waxman is famous for voting against missile defense program funding going all the way back to 1983 when Reagan first proposed the SDI system.

TRIED to make over-the-counter vitamins and supplements prescription only.

On this one, Waxman’s original bill was defeated a few years ago, but last week, lo and behold, Waxman inserted this language into the House version of the Financial Reform Bill AFTER IT HAD ALREADY BEEN PASSED!

TRIED TO STRANGLE family farms with insane Soviet-Style regulation.

Many people have not yet heard about this one so here is the documentation on it.  My only problem with calling it “Soviet Style” is that even the Soviet’s would have been challenged to come up with something so stupid to do to our farming industry.

Here is an excerpt:

As proposed by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, H.R. 2749 will grant the Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate all farms and farm produce in an attempt to purge America’s farmland of E. coli 0157:H7, a lethal, food-borne bacteria.

Here is a small portion of how the bill would attempt to purge our country of E.coli.

Under the terms of the bill, crops must be grown in sterile areas, surrounded by 450-foot buffers, so that they are not exposed to other vegetation, runoff water, birds, beasts, or wildlife of any kind.

To create such sterile farms from agricultural corridors to protect the fields from bird droppings.

Fields will be lined with poison-filled tubes to kill rodents.

All children under five will be prohibited from stepping foot on farmland or tilled soil for fear of leaking diapers.

A crow landing in a cornfield will mandate the destruction of the entire crop.

Sounds crazy, but it’s true.  Such protocols are already in place throughout California.  They were implemented by leading corporate agribusiness to offset the possibility of lawsuits erupting from a new breakout of E. coli in supermarkets and food chains.
As you can see, not only are none of the statements defamatory, they are all factual.

By denying me this application Apple is now making an in-kind contribution to Henry Waxman by denying his competitor of a modern tool for political communication.  They are stifling my right to free political speech, and they are carrying water for the Obama administration, perhaps out of fear because Obama criticized Apple last week in his speech at the graduation ceremony.

It is also relevant to note that Apple pulled all of their advertising from the Fox News channel.

Clearly, people who work at Apple are likely to be the kind of creative people that may tend to vote Democrat and hold liberal views, but this goes far beyond that.  This experience with Apple clearly shows that there is a political agenda going on within the culture of the company, and business decisions are subject to Apple’s political views.

If, as Apple claims, my statements about Henry Waxman are defamatory, it would be interesting to see what iPhone apps Apple has approved for Democrats in which negative statements about Republicans are made and what standard Apple has held those statements to before approval.  In the name of full disclosure, here is the legal definition of Defamation.

Considering I AM trying to cause Henry Waxman to lose his employment and salary as a US Congressman, maybe my statements about him are defamatory, but if this is the case, does that not mean that all political discourse is?  Does this mean that Apple thinks our political system is just too divisive, and all would be right with the world if Republicans would just give up and stop running for office?
Ari David
Candidate for Congress
California 30th District
P O Box 163
Malibu CA 90265
Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/aridavidforcongress
Twitter: www.Twitter.com/AriDavid2010
(310) 456 3202 Office

[Ed:  Congressman Waxman needs to LOSE this election.  Let me correct that remark:  AMERICA needs Waxman to lose his office.  Therefore, please visit Ari David's site and donate to his campaign.]

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