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Why Do The Democrats Hate Free Speech? by The Elephant's Child

The Supreme Court handed down a major decision in Citizens United v. FEC, the “Hillary: The Movie” case that was first argued last March, reargued in September, and finally decided last Thursday, January 21, 2010.

Background: During the 2008 election campaign, the nonprofit group Citizens United wanted to make a film available on cable-on-demand that was critical of then-candidate Hillary Clinton.  Because Citizens United is organized as a corporation, under the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance law, its speech was banned.  The movie was not allowed to be shown, and the law was backed by criminal sanctions.  Section 441b makes it a felony for all corporations — including nonprofit advocacy corporations — either to expressly advocate the election or defeat of candidates or to broadcast electioneering communications within 30 days of a primary and 60 days of a general election.

Citizens United challenged this ban, and the Supreme Court struck down this provision of McCain-Feingold , reversing a previous ruling — Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce —that permitted the government to ban corporations and labor unions from promoting or opposing political candidates.

Paul Sherman, an attorney with the Institute for Justice, which litigates free-speech cases nationwide points out:

The ruling in Citizens United is a straightforward application of basic First Amendment principles:  “When Government seeks to use its full power…to command where a person may get his or her information or what distrusted source he or she may not hear, it uses censorship to control thought.  This is unlawful.  The First Amendment confirms the freedom to think for ourselves.”

The Democrats are OUTRAGED:  Corporations are not entitled to free speech, political expenditures are not “speech”, protections of the Free Speech Clause properly apply to individuals not corporations, this will corrupt the democratic process,  will radically increase powerful corporate influence in politics, blah, blah, blah. Democrats are afraid that corporations benefit Republicans, and free speech should not apply to anyone who might be critical of Democrats.

The First Amendment is about political speech, and if free speech only applies to speech that is pleasing to you, then it isn’t free, and it isn’t freedom — but tyranny.  You might find it interesting to keep track of the numerous and constant efforts of the Democrats to stifle speech that they don’t like.  For example, President Obama’s ban on Fox News continues.

Just watch.  There will be a concerted effort on the part of the Democrats to overturn or overrule this decision.  The “Democrats” aren’t much on Democracy, the Constitution (needs updating for modern times), especially the First Amendment — although that religion part is useful for getting rid of religious influences.  They’re fairly fond of the “establishment” bit but always, always, ignore the — making no law that might “prohibit the free exercise thereof” part.

Progressives are passionately fond of larger government, the growth of government, and the exercise of lots of government power.  The Constitution puts some firm limits on what government can and cannot do.  They don’t like that.

Is Obama Smarter Than a 6th Grader? by American Elephant
January 25, 2010, 4:21 am
Filed under: Humor, News, Politics, Socialism | Tags:

Well, the sixth-graders didn’t need to bring teleprompters to school to talk to him.

Wouldn’t want to get off-script in Miss Applebaum’s home room!

I wonder if there’s a special super-secret advance-teleprompter-placement-team? Are there multiple sets of teleprompters? Perhaps secreted away in a hidden bunker somewhere? Perhaps being refueled high overhead in Air Force Two at this very moment! Is there a Presidential Teleprompter Line of Succession in case one breaks? Is Nancy Pelosi’s teleprompter third in line?

What if the power goes out? Are all his future utterances, pre-planned gestures and carefully-choreographed buffoonery safely transcribed on cue-cards for him in case of electrical failure?

How embarrassing.

Captions anyone?

(h/t JWF)

POLL: Americans Agree — Obama is a One-Term Blunder! Get the T-shirt! by American Elephant
January 25, 2010, 4:20 am
Filed under: Politics | Tags: , , , , ,

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It’s hardly news that Barack Obama is deeply unpopular with conservatives and independents; indeed, poll after poll shows the only way Obama is uniting Americans, is uniting us in opposition to his divisive leadership and radical agenda. His approval ratings have seen the most rapid decline of any modern president; from post-inaugural highs in the mid 60’s all the way down to the most recent Quinnipiac poll, which has his approval rating at just 45 percent among registered voters. Rasmussen, which polls likely voters, says 46% approve and 53% disapprove.  A total turn-around of some 20 points!

Now a new poll, out just today, shows that most Americans would vote against the Community-Organizer in Chief if he runs for second term.

The Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor poll shows 50% say they would probably or definitely vote for someone else. Fully 37% say they would definitely cast a ballot against Obama. Meanwhile, just 39% would vote to re-elect the pres. to a 2nd term, and only 23% say they definitely would do so. [read more]

When half the country is ready to vote against you without even knowing who they are voting for, you are in deep, deep, DEEP dookie!

Most Americans disapprove of him because he is too dictatorial, nationalizing private industry like Hugo Chavez on crack, liberals are angry because he isn’t dictatorial enough. I say, why quibble over details!? Let’s unite behind the bigger idea and kick this incompetent commie to the curb!

Electing Obama to the presidency was an enormous, catastrophic BLUNDER that we and our children will be paying for in lost wages, lost wealth and lost liberty for generations to come. You know it, I know it, heck, even he knows it — he just doesn’t care.

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