Displeased with recent legal victories in which free speech has prevailed over limitations on political speech imposed by Congress, Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.), Mark Udall (D., Colo.), and other Senate Democrats have introduced a constitutional amendment that would not only set aside the Supreme Court’s First Amendment jurisprudence and invest Congress with virtually unlimited power to regulate the political activism of private citizens, alone or in groups, but would also give the federal government and the states the power to shut down newspapers, television stations, and radio networks that displease them. This is an all-out assault on the First Amendment and an act of vandalism against the Constitution.I don’t think this is going anywhere, but the mere fact that it is even being floated as a symbolic gesture is ominous. And the thing to remember is that the Democrats, unlike many Republicans, are absolutely relentless in pressing their ideological goals. This kind of thing isn’t going away until people like Schumer and Udall are made to go away, which means that the proportion of idiots in the voting pool is going to somehow have to be diluted. I have no idea how that can be accomplished, unless a significant number of them begin learning some lessons in the school of hard knocks. I am not at all sanguine about the prospects of this happening.
Friday, May 2, 2014
The totalitarian temptation has now become the totalitarian addiction for leading Democrats as Chuck Schumer, Mark Udall and others seek to amend the constitution to radically restrict free speech rights.