First Amendment, last resort
September 5, 2012
In the past, we’ve practiced restraint by not joining those who say Barack Obama yearns to become a dictator. We won’t go there today, either, but we will ask: If you were going to take a shot at becoming a dictator, what’s the first thing you’d do?
Start limiting the freedom of opponents to criticize your actions, maybe? Ya think?
With the whole country buzzing last week about the energy and optimism on display at the Republican National Convention, The One stayed pretty much under the radar when he called for a do-over of the First Amendment specifically to restrict political speech. We’re not kidding. According to the NBC report:
In a chat on the social media website Reddit, the president told readers that he would back an amendment to counteract the impact of the court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, a 2010 decision that did away with limits on corporate and labor spending in elections.
“Over the longer term, I think we need to seriously consider mobilizing a constitutional amendment process to overturn Citizens United (assuming the Supreme Court doesn’t revisit it),” the president wrote. “Even if the amendment process falls short, it can shine a spotlight of the super PAC phenomenon and help apply pressure for change.”
If re-elected, we wouldn’t be surprised if President Obama and his henchmen figure out another way to end-run, the Constitution and the court.
NBC and the rest of the Liberal media have strained to paint the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision as perverting the concept of free speech. In reality, the decision simply says corporations and labor organizations have the same right to political speech as anyone else. It affirms that the drafters of the First Amendment meant what they said: Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech.
For a couple of years now, the executive branch of the federal government has been insisting that’s wrong.
We haven’t used the “d” word but a few weeks ago we did refer to the current administration as the most dangerous domestic threat America has faced since the Civil War. That was before we factored in their intention to gut the First Amendment.
Any political leader willing to admit he’d curtail political speech nine weeks before he has to face the voters is clearly intent on doing whatever it takes to silence the opposition.
He’s warned us. We’ll soon know if we have the wit to take the warnings seriously.