Tag: Freedom of speech in the United States

Citizens Untied

I’ve ever understood the hue and cry among the Left over Citizens United. It seem to me a lot of it is based on misinformation. They think that Citizens opened the door for big evil corporations to make massive policial campaign contributions. But that was already legal. Citizens was a very specific case where a non-profit political group made a movie about Hillary Clinton and were forbidden to show it 60 days before an election. It was an issue of free speech, not money. The same laws used to block Hillary: The Movie could and have been used to shut up unions, environmental groups and minority rights groups. But aided by a media who want to ensure that they are the only ones who can tell us what to think, this bullshit narrative has take hold.

Nancy Pelosi and several other Democrats have thrown their weight behind the “People’s Rights Amendment”. This has no chance of passing, none. It’s a bone to the Far Left. But it’s a remarkable insight into how these people think. Here’s the text:

Section 1. We the people who ordain and establish this Constitution intend the rights protected by this Constitution to be the rights of natural persons.

Section 2. People, person, or persons as used in this Constitution does not include corporations, limited liability companies or other corporate entities established by the laws of any state, the United States, or any foreign state, and such corporate entities are subject to such regulation as the people, through their elected state and federal representatives, deem reasonable and are otherwise consistent with the powers of Congress and the States under this Constitution.

Section 3. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to limit the people’s rights of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, free exercise of religion, and such other rights of the people, which rights are inalienable.

This is an extremely bad amendment. As Volokh points out, the wording is liberal enough that it would strip almost any non-individual of their basic rights, including churches, corporate newspapers, all non-profits and basically anyone they want:

Congress could ban speech about elections and any other speech, whether about religion, politics, or anything else. It could also ban speech in viewpoint-based ways.

State legislatures and local governments could do the same. All of them could seize corporate property without providing compensation, and without providing due process. All corporate entities would be stripped of all constitutional rights

Except the compliant media, of course.

The idea that we the people have individual rights but that we the people can not pool our resources to exercise those rights is insane. This isn’t about evil money-grubbing corporations. This is about any group — from the NRA to the NEA to the NBA — exercising their rights.

You will rarely find a more perfect distillation of the hatred that our political class have for basic freedom. What pisses them off about Citizens is not money in politics or corporate rights or anything like that. What pisses them off is the idea of people saying nasty things about them. Had Hillary: the Movie tried to go through Hollywood or the MSM, it would have been stopped by the politicians’ dog washers. How dare the citizens try to get their message out some other way!

They despise our freedom. And they more than happy to take advantage of the anti-corporate hysteria of the Left to abridge it. No politician who supports this amendment should be allowed anywhere near power.