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Pelosi: Amend the First Amendment
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Posted on 04/19/2012 2:11:32 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

Pelosi: Amend the First Amendment By Terence P. Jeffrey April 19, 2012

(CNSNews.com) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday endorsed a movement announced by other congressional Democrats on Wednesday to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would allow Congress to regulate political speech when it is engaged in by corporations as opposed to individuals.

The First Amendment says in part: "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press..."

Television networks, newspapers, publishing houses, movie studios and think tanks, as well as political action committees, are usually organized as, or elements of, corporations.

Pelosi said the Democrats' effort to amend the Constitution is part of a three-pronged strategy that also includes promoting the DISCLOSE Act, which would increase disclosure requirements for organizations running political ads, and “reducing the roll of money in campaigns” (which some Democrats have said can be done through taxpayer funding of campaigns).

The constitutional amendment the Democrats seek would reverse the Supreme Court’s 2009 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. In that decision the court said that the First Amendment protects a right of free speech for corporations as well as for individuals, and that corporations (including those that produce newspapers, films and books) have a right to speak about politicians and their records just as individuals do.

“We have a clear agenda in this regard: Disclose, reform the system reducing the roll of money in campaigns, and amend the Constitution to rid it of this ability for special interests to use secret, unlimited, huge amounts of money flowing to campaigns,” Pelosi said at her Thursday press briefing.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 1stamendment; communists; corruption; cpc; cpusa; democratcorruption; democrats; dsa; liberalfascism; pelosi; progressivemovement; progressives
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Just like in Russia.........
1 posted on 04/19/2012 2:11:33 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Peloski is such a crybaby!


2 posted on 04/19/2012 2:16:26 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: Sub-Driver

Well, they only want to change “free speech” for corporations, so what could go wrong?

Hey..aren’t most unions corporations?


3 posted on 04/19/2012 2:17:57 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: Sub-Driver

Wait until the press figures out they’re all owned by corporations. Heh.

SnakeDoc


4 posted on 04/19/2012 2:18:56 PM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("I've shot people I like more for less." -- Raylan Givens)
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To: Sub-Driver

F*ck you, Nancy! We already saw you at your best with health care! Like f***ing Hell we’re going to let you mess with the First Amendment because anyone with any sense will realize that it’ll just be practice for your attack on the Second.


5 posted on 04/19/2012 2:21:06 PM PDT by MeganC (No way in Hell am I voting for Mitt Romney. Not now, not ever. Deal with it.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I hope this never sees the light of day.


6 posted on 04/19/2012 2:21:44 PM PDT by Ham Hock
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To: Sub-Driver
See, this is absolutely where I DRAW the line!

Try to change free speech or the first amendment in any way, and I will defend it!

7 posted on 04/19/2012 2:22:11 PM PDT by sirchtruth (Freedom is not free.)
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To: rawhide

Peloski is such a crybaby!

maybe it just hit her , No more Gavel for you .


8 posted on 04/19/2012 2:22:50 PM PDT by molson209
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To: Sub-Driver

Oh that silly U.S. Constitution hmmm Nancy? You and your kind terrify me.


9 posted on 04/19/2012 2:23:04 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: Sub-Driver
...ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would allow Congress to regulate political speech when it is engaged in by corporations as opposed to individuals.

Over night all individuals would by law be considered a corporation.

There are no lengths those bass turds wouldn't go to to get what they want.

10 posted on 04/19/2012 2:23:08 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Sub-Driver
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday endorsed a movement announced by other congressional Democrats on Wednesday to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would allow Congress to regulate political speech when it is engaged in by corporations...

Didn't Adolph Hitler do something like that? Figures.

11 posted on 04/19/2012 2:23:23 PM PDT by GoldenPup (Comrade "O" has got to GO!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

The Democrats are just upset that Republicans have decided to play their money grabbing game. Let’s define ALL special interest groups as ‘corporations’ since our system is totally based on ‘Corporatism’.

Corporatism. The name had nothing to do with the notion of a business corporation except that both words are derived from the Latin word for body, corpus.

The basic idea of corporatism is that the society and economy of a country should be organized into major interest groups (sometimes called corporations) and representatives of those interest groups settle any problems through negotiation and joint agreement. In contrast to a market economy which operates through competition a corporate economic works through collective bargaining.


12 posted on 04/19/2012 2:23:30 PM PDT by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: Sub-Driver

So the US Government can tax, subsidize, regulate and make and/or destroy corporations, but those same corporations should not be allowed to have a voice in that same government?


13 posted on 04/19/2012 2:23:59 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Our local “Occupy” group announced they are picketing city hall to get them to create and sign a document stating “Corporations are NOT people”... you should see the little guys & dolls, bless their hearts, they are so proud of themselves.


14 posted on 04/19/2012 2:26:21 PM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: Sub-Driver

I didn’t know this was satire at first. I’ve been fooled before in these strange times.

It is satire isn’t it?


15 posted on 04/19/2012 2:28:06 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (With regards to the GOP: I am prodisestablishmentarianistic!)
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To: Erik Latranyi

Amend the 1st amendment?

In a word

NO


16 posted on 04/19/2012 2:29:16 PM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: Sub-Driver
WHAT PART OF "Congress shall make no law....DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND, B!TCH?..............
17 posted on 04/19/2012 2:29:45 PM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Sub-Driver

Could it be ANY CLEARER why people should NO LONGER SUPPORT COMMUNIST DEMOCRAPS?

Comrade Polosky would make Stalin Proud


18 posted on 04/19/2012 2:31:41 PM PDT by Mr. K (If Romney wins the primary, I am writing-in PALIN)
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To: Steve Newton

Never happen.


19 posted on 04/19/2012 2:31:56 PM PDT by LMAO ("Begging hands and Bleeding hearts will only cry out for more"...Anthem from Rush)
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To: John Semmens
John, comeon man, you have to at least ADMIT when you write one of these.

Cuz this cannot be real.

20 posted on 04/19/2012 2:32:03 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Shut up and drill.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Nancy knows full well there is an easier way to do this:

Let one conservative Supreme Court Justice die or resign and have a liberal President who will name another liberal judge to the court.

Five-to-four liberal majority and , PRESTO!, the First Amendment will have been amended.

She is that close to her goal, folks...

21 posted on 04/19/2012 2:32:50 PM PDT by okie01
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To: Sub-Driver

Fine, Nancy. Then stop taxing and regulating corporations.


22 posted on 04/19/2012 2:32:54 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (The TEA Party is my cup of tea.)
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To: Steve Newton

“Amend the 1st amendment?”

I suppose she will suggest that “we pass it so we can find out what’s in it”....


23 posted on 04/19/2012 2:35:30 PM PDT by snoringbear (Government is the Pimp,)
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To: Sub-Driver
Just like in Russia.........

Birds of a feather...

What else would one expect from communists? It looks like Nancy wasted no time in putting pen to paper for her communist brethren.

Congressional Progressive Caucus : Hot Topics : Progressive Caucus Declares Support for Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

Progressive Caucus Declares Support for Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) voted unanimously today to endorse a declaration in support of a constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court’s recent Citizens United v. FEC decision.

The CPC, which includes 78 members, is the first Congressional caucus to officially declare support for a constitutional amendment. President Obama, two state legislatures, 1,000 elected officials, more than 150 cities and towns have already expressed support for repealing Citizens United.

“The influence of money in politics is the single biggest threat to our democracy,” said Rep. Keith Ellison, Co-Chair of the CPC. “In this election cycle alone, Super PACs have raised almost $160 million and spent close to $90 million. And we still have six months until the election. Corporations are not people. And in America, democracy should never, ever be for sale.”

“This isn’t just about elections – it’s about the principle that America is run by the people, not just the rich and powerful,” said CPC Co-Chair Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva. “Giving corporations the authority to buy elections is a step we’ll regret for decades to come, and I join the American people in saying it’s time we stopped this power grab.”

The text of the declaration is included below:

“We declare our support for amending the Constitution of the United States to restore the rights of the American people, undermined by Citizens United and related cases, to protect the integrity of our elections and limit the corrosive influence of money in our democratic process.”


24 posted on 04/19/2012 2:40:37 PM PDT by DBeers (†)
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To: Sub-Driver
Coming Soon To A Capital Near You Via The Democrats!

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25 posted on 04/19/2012 2:41:58 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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To: Sub-Driver

Since when has Pelosi ever cared about “all that Constitution stuff”


26 posted on 04/19/2012 2:44:39 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (Newt 2012)
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To: DBrow

Unions would be EXEMPT from the restrictions. Conservative non-profits, like the NRA, would be BANNED from speech, but liberal ones, like PETA or the ACLU, would be grandfathered, under exemptions granted by the National Commissar for Communications.


27 posted on 04/19/2012 2:46:15 PM PDT by 2harddrive
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To: Tenacious 1
It is satire isn’t it?

Unfortunately, no

28 posted on 04/19/2012 2:50:56 PM PDT by Marathoner (2 goals this year: (1) S##tcan Obamacare; (2) S##tcan Obama)
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To: Sub-Driver

Shameless thread highjack:

To: rightly_dividing

One dollar per month would cover everything if 10% of our readers would reliably put it up.

39 posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 4:10:05 PM by Jim Robinson (There’s no crying in rebellion!!)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2874129/posts?page=39


29 posted on 04/19/2012 2:53:29 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (Newt 2012)
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Progressive Caucus Declares Support for Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

Are these people the COMMUNISTS in Congress that Alan West was talking about?

30 posted on 04/19/2012 2:54:35 PM PDT by GoldenPup (Comrade "O" has got to GO!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Nancy, Nancy, Nancy...


31 posted on 04/19/2012 2:59:22 PM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: Sub-Driver
Dems miss the media monopoly days. Back before the rubes could talk back.

Back when the NYTimes could write a story, and then decide which disagreeing “letter to the editor” to publish.

Public discourse is so much more civil when you control both sides of the argument.

32 posted on 04/19/2012 3:01:52 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: snoringbear

LOL


33 posted on 04/19/2012 3:09:48 PM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: Sub-Driver

Those are fighting words, WE HAVE YET BEGUN TO FIGHT!!


34 posted on 04/19/2012 3:11:37 PM PDT by jesseam
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To: Sub-Driver

Nancy is an idiot! She’s only doing this ‘cause the RATS don’t control the House. And won’t control the Senate after November.


35 posted on 04/19/2012 3:11:49 PM PDT by upchuck (Need is not an acceptable lifestyle choice; dependent is not a career. ~ Dr. Tim Nerenz)
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To: Red Badger

Look, this isn’t a suprise - these people hate the Constitution and the limits it puts on them, and they just want to tear it down. They’re banking on the SCOTUS going liberal at some point and at that point their laws that will demolish it will be declared constitutional.

Which is why Obama can’t get back in in 2012.

3-4 justices are going to die or retire. we have to have someone in there that won’t offer up moderates or liberals.


36 posted on 04/19/2012 3:25:04 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Sub-Driver

While we are at it Nancy, let’s revise or do away with a few other Amendments.

Let’s start with the 16th. ABOLISH IT.

F U N P!

F U B O!

F U D P!


37 posted on 04/19/2012 3:30:41 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: GoldenPup
Are these people the COMMUNISTS in Congress that Alan West was talking about?

Yup!

38 posted on 04/19/2012 3:46:00 PM PDT by DBeers (†)
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To: Sub-Driver

Please, someone AMEND her.


39 posted on 04/19/2012 3:49:35 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (Anyone not wanting an ID or purple thumb to vote isn't worthy of voting privilege.)
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To: Sub-Driver

When was the last time a Minority (or Speaker) Leader suggested changing the Bill of Rights? Another, in the long list of things the GOP must run on this year.


40 posted on 04/19/2012 3:51:07 PM PDT by PghBaldy (Obama is afraid if he needs to start a fight with Catholics. He's losing the women's vote!!!)
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It is satire isn’t it?

No, the communists are dead serious.

41 posted on 04/19/2012 3:52:44 PM PDT by DBeers (†)
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To: Sub-Driver

Isn’t Al Sharpton’s National Action Network a (nonprofit) corporation?


42 posted on 04/19/2012 3:53:19 PM PDT by Night Hides Not (My dream ticket for 2012 is John Galt & Dagny Taggart!)
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To: Sub-Driver
I'm going to refrain from giving this post a serious reply. If I did reply, I would probably be visited and grilled, cuffed & roughed up NLT sundown, by the FBI, Secret Service, House and Senate Sgt's-at-Arms, Interpol, CIA, NASCAR, RCA, USMC, USN, USAF, USA, USCG, NAACP, DNC, DSC, CBC, BSA, GSA, ANA, Harry Reids sister-in-law, Chuck Schumers boy friend, Dick Durbin's hair dresser, Hillary Clintons' NEW Colombian girlfriend, WKRG in Cincinnati and the American Rocky Road Ice Cream Assn (A.R.R.I.C.A.). I'd have to call my local sheriff to come out to direct traffic and Ted Nuggent's grand kids to sell lemonade in my front yard.

Therefore.....bttt

43 posted on 04/19/2012 3:53:33 PM PDT by jmax
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To: DBrow
Hey..aren’t most unions corporations?

I would guess that Excellence In Broadcasting (Rush's program) is a corporation!

44 posted on 04/19/2012 4:27:17 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: ColdOne

They don’t terrify me.... they ENRAGE me!


45 posted on 04/19/2012 4:27:48 PM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: clee1
They don’t terrify me.... they ENRAGE me! Way better choice of words! I feel like my blood is boiling some days!
46 posted on 04/19/2012 4:38:54 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eat my dog!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Corporations are incapable of speaking. They hire people who speak for them. So there is no way to restrict corporate speech, because it doesn’t exist.


47 posted on 04/19/2012 4:48:18 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Political speech, by anyone, is the exact speech that the First Amendment protects.

The founding fathers didn't create it to protect porn.

48 posted on 04/19/2012 5:18:22 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (For every black person murdered by a white, thirty-nine white people are murdered by blacks.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Nanzi Pelozi flashes her Swastika for her adoring crowds again.


49 posted on 04/19/2012 5:19:16 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: All

Thank god it takes 2/3 of votes from Congress and 3/4 of the states to amend the Constitution..


50 posted on 04/19/2012 5:33:14 PM PDT by KevinDavis (Go Mitt Go!!!)
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