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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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To: Sub-Driver

The Founders of the US foresaw assholes like Pelosi. That’s one of the reasons why, although they couldn’t predict the future, they included a provision to amend the Constitution while making it difficult to amend it at the same time.
Such decisions should not be made lightly or at the whim of current fads, or by leftist air-heads.


51 posted on 04/19/2012 5:43:19 PM PDT by Smber (The smallest minority is the individual. Get the government off my back.)
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To: EGPWS

Anyone who works on a 1099 basis is a corporation.


52 posted on 04/19/2012 5:49:15 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (The whole truth.)
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To: Sub-Driver

OK Nan. But if you REALLY want to go down that road, don’t you think you ought to repeal the 2nd Amendment first?


53 posted on 04/19/2012 5:53:20 PM PDT by LaybackLenny
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To: Delta Dawn
Good evening.

Anyone who works on a 1099 basis is a corporation.

Not exactly. Anyone who works on a "1099" basis is a "sole proprietor."

See Legalzoom.com.

8^)

5.56mm

54 posted on 04/19/2012 5:59:29 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: M Kehoe; Delta Dawn

another recipient of a 1099 is an independent contractor. That independent contractor may be a corporation ( a legal person) or it may be an individual. Corporations are not required to report 1099 income separate from sales


55 posted on 04/19/2012 6:04:51 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: Sub-Driver

Can anyone in Washington find the OFF button on Pelosi?


56 posted on 04/19/2012 6:06:12 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: ridesthemiles
Can anyone in Washington find the OFF button on Pelosi?

Yeah...but I don't think anyone really wants to go "there"...pretty disgusting ;)

57 posted on 04/19/2012 6:09:41 PM PDT by LaybackLenny
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To: Sub-Driver

Will you folks in San FRancisco please put us out of our misery?

Madam Pelousy needs to be retired in 2012!


58 posted on 04/19/2012 6:41:55 PM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: bert
Isn't it ironic, that we are hijacking this thread because of the 16th amendment?

5.56mm

59 posted on 04/19/2012 6:50:17 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Ham Hock

Pelosi is living proof that:

a) If you are a psychotic, you can rise to the top of the Democratic Party.

b) that Michael Savage is right, Liberalism is a mental disease.

c) Pelosi is not taking her meds.


60 posted on 04/19/2012 7:22:18 PM PDT by OldArmy52 (Back to back winning ideas: McCain in 2008 & Romney in 2012! What winners!)
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To: KevinDavis
50 posted on Thu Apr 19 2012 19:33:14 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) by KevinDavis: “Thank god it takes 2/3 of votes from Congress and 3/4 of the states to amend the Constitution.”

Amen.

There is no way this will go anywhere, at least in its current form. The Democratic Party does care about what the media think, and there's no way the national newspapers and television networks are going to tolerate an amendment to the First Amendment restricting free speech rights of media corporations. Some might say, “Well, we'll just write the amendment so it doesn't apply to media corporations, just other corporations.” That won't work either because it gives the government a back-door method to decide what is and is not “media,” and thereby create a licensing system for non-broadcast media as well as the existing licensing system for radio and television broadcast frequencies which is very dubious constitutionally but probably unavoidable.

I'll give Pelosi credit for one and only one thing: at least she's honest about trying to amend the Constitution to accomplish her goals. That's the legitimate way to make major changes, via the supermajorities in Congress and of the state legislatures. That's the way things are supposed to work. If we had a Supreme Court that did its job rather than trying to do the job of Congress, many of our judicially-created de-facto laws would never have happened without a constitutional amendment, and we would have had the long drawn-out debate that the Founders intended on major changes to the foundational principles of our free republic.

61 posted on 04/19/2012 7:38:33 PM PDT by darrellmaurina
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To: Sub-Driver

It’ll probably pass.


62 posted on 04/19/2012 8:41:39 PM PDT by Tzimisce (THIS SUCKS)
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To: Sub-Driver

This proves that the left is now becoming more open about their true agenda- to stifle free speech.

Obviously San Fran Nan knows this could never pass either House, but instead is trying to score cheap political points to fire up the base for Hussein


63 posted on 04/19/2012 11:28:09 PM PDT by CountryClassSF
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To: Delta Dawn

>”Anyone who works on a 1099 basis is a corporation”<

Oh man, I’m screwed...


64 posted on 04/20/2012 12:04:35 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (A day without Obama is like a day without a Tsunami.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Obomba - "First amendment? What first amendment? When I was a Constitutional law professor at Harvard I never heard of any such thing. Well... No worries. I'll fix that.
Where's my pen.
Thanks nancy for the heads up.
We can't have the citizens of the United States running around arbitrarily exchanging rational thoughts and ideas with one another. Someone might be offended."
65 posted on 04/20/2012 6:56:06 AM PDT by Whats-wrong-with-the-truth (Romney (aka - obomney)... Just put the (D) behind your name and be done with it.)
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To: rawhide
"Peloski is such a crybaby!"

Pelosi is a very dangerous anti-freedom propagandist who needs to be defeated and humiliated. Depriving her of her political microphone by beating her would give her a taste of her own efforts to muzzle free speech.

66 posted on 04/20/2012 6:56:06 AM PDT by Vintage Freeper (We have it in our power to begin the world over again.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Pelosi may as well go all the way and change the amendment to say that speech against liberalism or for conservatism is illegal.


67 posted on 04/20/2012 7:19:01 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: Sub-Driver

Mad Cow Disease or just plain evil? You decide.


68 posted on 04/20/2012 11:04:34 AM PDT by pabianice (ame with)
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To: Sub-Driver
...the roll of money?

Gheeez!

69 posted on 04/20/2012 1:03:13 PM PDT by Publius6961 ("It's easy to make promises you can't keep" - B.H.Obama Feb 23, 2012)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Sub-Driver.

This bitch must either resign or be expelled, or otherwise removed (recalls, dumped at the ballot box).


70 posted on 04/20/2012 6:48:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: snoringbear
I suppose she will suggest that “we pass it so we can find out what’s in it”....

Yeah, my jaw dropped when she said that.



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