Tom Udall’s assault on the First Amendment

The following is from Common Sense with Paul Jacob. Given that New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall is the lead sponsor of this amendment to undermine the First Amendment, I felt it was worth posting in its entirety:

Yesterday’s somber thirteenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks was marred by a brand new and savage act of violence against the very essence of America: the First Amendment.

Who orchestrated the attack? Responsibility was not claimed by ISIL or ISIS . . . or North Korea’s Kim Jong-un . . . or even Dennis Rodman.

The culprits? A majority of the United States Senate.

Fifty-four Democrats voted to scratch out the words “freedom of speech” from the First Amendment to be replaced by giving Congress new power to regulate the spending, and thereby the speech, in their own re-election campaigns.

Conflict of interest, s’il vous plaît?

The assault was only thwarted because a simple majority falls short of the two-thirds required to send the constitutional amendment to the House.

Dubbed the “Democracy for All Amendment,” supporters and their many cheerleaders in the media pretended Senate Joint Resolution 19 would overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision and get big money out of politics. Certainly an amendment could do that, explicitly, but this one would have done no such thing.

Instead, SJR 19 would have empowered our despised Congress to regulate as it pleased, with such sweeping power that the amendment’s authors felt the need to reassure supporters (such as the New York Times) by stating in the amendment that, “Nothing in this article shall be construed to grant Congress or the States the power to abridge the freedom of the press.”

Let’s hope that, for the 54 Senators who voted to repeal freedom of speech, this goes down as a suicide attack . . . politically.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.

My own article on Udall’s assault on the First Amendment can be found here.

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3 Replies to “Tom Udall’s assault on the First Amendment”

  1. Ayn Rand said we are free as long as we have freedom of speech. This vote by 54 Democrats is a very bad sign for our country’s future. It natural to blame those 54 who voted to begin to end free speech, but it is the public who is really at fault. How could the public and the media allow this without a deafening roar of disapproval? That is the real problem — bad philosophy.

  2. I am a democrat of 45 years standing, I am appalled by the action of the Senate, and our senators.
    These are despicable people, who may never
    expect my support or that of my associates
    This attack on the Constitution is criminal, and stupid. Yes, you can be criminally stupid while following the law

    A local yokel, Bill McCamley, a State rep, said the benefit of a single party in power is continuity of policy. Of course it is; see how that has helped this state over 75 years, Billy? Would it have worked better if no opposition ever held the governorship? Some guys from years ago had the same idea, and it worked just as well – Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin, yabba dabba du.

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