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Democrats Propose to End First Amendment Freedoms! by The Elephant's Child

What a strange period in history we are living in. Democrats in Congress, looking forward to the elections in November, have announced that they want to amend the Constitution to replace all those freedoms in the First Amendment. Liberals have always been at odds with freedom of speech, and the press, freedom of religion, the right of people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

They have even written a new First Amendment, called The People’s Rights Amendment:

Section 1. We the people who ordain and establish this Constitution intend the rights protected by this Constitution to be the rights of natural persons.

Section 2. People, person, or persons as used in this Constitution does not include corporations, limited liability companies or other corporate entities established by the laws of any state, the United States, or any foreign state, and such corporate entities are subject to such regulation as the people, through their elected state and federal representatives, deem reasonable and are otherwise consistent with the powers of Congress and the States under this Constitution.

Section 3. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to limit the people’s rights of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, free exercise of religion, and such other rights of the people, which rights are inalienable.

So Congress could ban the speech of nonmedia business corporations, it could ban publications by corporate-run newspapers and magazines, the religious practices of most churches which are generally organized as corporations, most universities, incorporated unions and non-profits.  All corporate entities would be stripped of all constitutional rights. All corporate entities would be treated as artificial creatures of the state. Congress could ban speech about elections and any other speech about religion, politics or anything else. It could ban speech on viewpoints that they didn’t like.

State legislatures and local governments could do the same. They could seize corporate property without providing compensation and without providing due process. All corporate entities would be stripped of all constitutional rights.

As Chief Justice Roberts wrote in his Citizens United opinion:

The government urges us in this case to uphold a direct prohibition on political speech. It asks us to embrace a theory of the First Amendment that would allow censorship not only of television and radio broadcasts, but of pamphlets, posters, the Internet, and virtually any other medium that corporations and unions might find useful in expressing their views on matters of public concerns.

The Left— Liberals, Progressives, Democrats— doesn’t like to be disagreed with. They want to shut down opposing voices. They have long wanted to eliminate freedom of speech. Witness the recent campaign to get Rush Limbaugh off the air because he said something rude about Sandra Fluke, while they completely accept any and all rude things said about Sarah Palin. Witness the outcry against Fox News particularly, but any other Right-leaning publication. Congressional Democrats want the power to shut down opposing voices.

As far as that goes, they aren’t too crazy about the other First Amendment freedoms. They were outraged when Tea Party people exercised their constitutional right to peaceably assemble. The Occupy people camping out and vandalizing public and private property were simply nice young people righteously protesting. And morphing ‘freedom of religion’ into a ‘separation of church and state’ has tried to eliminate any sign of public religion from the public scene.

Perpetually discontented, they don’t like what is, and want something — that they like better. A Utopian world where no one will disagree with them, and where they will always be in charge and have the power to do what they want without interference or objection.

Like every other law, the Constitution must bind officials, not empower them.


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As usual, it’s obvious to anyone with even a passing familiarity with the law and the Constitution that Nancy and her Dems didn’t think this all the way through.

The Law of Unintended Consequences? Had to have been written by a Republican, because it makes the Democrats look so bad.


Comment by Lon Mead

They always get hung up on unintended consequences — they have not anticipated any, and are totally unprepared to deal with them. They don’t learn from experience, and as you said, they don’t think things through. It’s a puzzlement.


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