Famous (some conservatives may now say “infamous”) lawyer Ted Olson has written a brilliant piece for the Wall Street Journal on the Democrat Party’s efforts to destroy the First Amendment and our freedom of speech.
Liberals are fond of tearing down the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case, though almost all of their fears have proven to be misguided.
It is also a canard that Citizens United permits organizations, as Mr. Reid claimed in May, to “dump unseemly amounts of money into a shadowy political organization.” The court explicitly left untouched the federal ban on direct contributions from corporations or unions to candidate campaigns or political parties. Citizens United also upheld disclosure requirements, the very opposite of shadowy.
Now, Harry Reid and his fellow fascists are working hard to curb your freedom of speech because they think less speech is always better for freedom.
Senate to take procedural vote tonight to call up Constitutional Amdt to curb some money for elections. Needs 60 yeas.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) September 8, 2014
Mr. Reid’s denunciation ofMcCutcheon in April because “all it does is take away people’s rights” is preposterous. People’s rights to participate broadly in the political process are enhanced, not taken away, by the court’s ruling. McCutcheon did not overturn the limits on how much individuals can give to a particular politician’s campaign, which remains at $2,600 per federal election.
The critics also ignore that Citizens United and McCutcheon make it easier for the unions on which the Democrats rely to spend money on elections. Unions outspent businesses by more than 2 to 1 in 2013. If money corrupts, then one would expect Mr. Reid and his colleagues to condemn the “corrupt” influence of unions in politics. And these Democrats presumably would brand liberal billionaire Tom Steyer’s pledge to commit his political-action committee to spend $100 million to defeat Republicans in 2014 as especially corrupting—but Mr. Reid has instead welcomed the support.
Of course, Olson is right. Harry Reid is perfectly happy to accept millions of dollars from liberal donors no matter where those “shady” dollars may come from. Reid only has a problem when conservatives give their money to conservative candidates.
The truth is that Harry Reid and the Democrats are big-government fascists at heart. If making America an oligarchy would advance their worldview… they’d work to eliminate democracy as quick as they could. The Democrats don’t care about the Constitution or the Bill of Rights unless it advances their agenda… so if eliminating free speech helps the Democrat Party… expect them to try to scrap that puppy.
If you want to protect the First Amendment, then you better start getting pumped for the upcoming midterm elections. The only way to stop Harry Reid and the crazy liberal agenda is to kick them out of office.
If you haven’t already seen it, make sure you read Senator Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) scathing op-ed on the Democrats’ assault on our freedom of speech.