Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Democrats are using the Constitution as a political football

Yeah, I know - shocking to find politics in Washington D.C.  But the Democrats used to stick up for the First Amendment; now they're trying to gut it:
Last year Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) introduced Senate Joint Resolution 19, a proposed amendment to the Constitution.  Describing the amendment as an effort to “advance the fundamental principle of equality for all,” and “to protect the integrity of the legislative and electoral processes,” it would in substance modify the First Amendment.  Specifically, it would give Congress the power “to regulate the raising and spending of money” in federal elections, including by limiting contributions to candidates for federal elections and expenditures by, in support of, or to oppose those candidates. 
Fortunately, there are still a few of the great First Amendment lions left to call this for what it is.

Floyd Abrams worked on the Pentagon Papers case, among many, many others.  This is speaking truth to power.  In fact, this is a time warp, a view across four decades to when the Left were firmly opposed to thought control.  Different times, same voice. 


Aaron said...

Quite the powerful statement.

Liberals used to be all for free speech until they got hold of the levers of government power. Now they want to keep power by any means necessary, free speech be damned.

Jester said...

Was the Democrats not the party that was against the sheer utterance of the "Nuclear option" a hand full of years ago then yet passed it this year? This is much the same. When they don't hold the cards of power directly everything is against them. Turn it around and they use those very cards against us all.