The statist scumbags in the Democratic Party are once again plotting to subvert the First Amendment rights of Americans. According to them, associations and corporations don’t have a say in the political process, unless of course they’re sanctioned by Washington D.C. bureaucrats.
Having failed to stop free speech through the legislative process, the democrats are making a frontal assault on our rights. Of course, they use flowery language to deceive the gullible.
“I've introduced a People's Rights Amendment, which is very simple and straightforward,” Rep. Jim McGovern (D.-Mass.) said at the forum. “It would make clear that all corporate entities, for-profit and non-profit alike, are not people with constitutional rights.
“It treats all corporations, including incorporated unions and nonprofits, in the same way, as artificial creatures of the state that we, the people, govern, not the other way around,” said McGovern.
Rep. Donna Edwards (D.-Md.) explained the basic principle this move to amend the Constitution is advancing.
“In Citizens United, what the court said is that Congress has no authority to regulate this kind of political speech,” said Edwards. “And so all of these constitutional amendments go to this question of giving Congress the authority that the Supreme Court, I think wrongly, decided isn't within Congress's constitutional--our constitutional purview.
“And so, you know, the traditional rights of free speech that we have known as citizens would not be disturbed by any of these constitutional amendments,” said Edwards. “But what it would do is it would say, all of the speech in which, whether it's corporations or campaign committees and others engage in, would be able to be fully regulated under the authority of the Congress and--and under our Constitution.”
We’ve already seen what has happened to “traditional rights.” Progressives have used the tax code to suppress the political speech of churches. The Revenue Acts of 1894 and 1913 squashed their free speech rights. The IRS is harassing tea party associations at the behest of democratic senators; and now they are going after dissent in corporate America.
Anyone who believes the Democratic Party is looking after the “people” are fooling themselves. The only “people” Nancy Pelosi and coterie of communist are looking after is themselves and their political future.