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Posted on 08/30/2012 12:01:02 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
Obama Calls for Amendment Limiting Free-Speech Rights By Matt Cover August 30, 2012
(CNSNews.com) President Barack Obama endorsed a constitutional amendment that would restrict the free-speech rights of political activist groups by overturning the Supreme Court decision in the landmark Citizens United v FEC case that granted First Amendment rights to corporations.
Over the longer term, I think we need to seriously consider mobilizing a constitutional amendment process to overturn Citizens United, Obama wrote during a question and answer session on the website Reddit on Wednesday.
Even if the amendment process falls short, it can shine a spotlight of the super-PAC phenomenon and help apply pressure for change.
In its decision, the Supreme Court said that the government could not restrict the free-speech rights of organizations during elections, striking down key provisions of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law.
That law restricted how much money independent political organizations could spend and banned them from engaging in election-related speech 60 days prior to a general election.
In his concurring opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the government was arguing for direct censorship of political speech, asking the court to allow the banning of books, pamphlets, and any other type of speech the government deemed necessary.
The Government urges us in this case to uphold a direct prohibition on political speech, Roberts wrote. It asks us to embrace a theory of the First Amendment that would allow censorship not only of television and radio broadcasts, but of pamphlets, posters, the Internet, and virtually any other medium that corporations and unions might find useful in expressing their views on matters of public concern.
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Otherwise ... not so much.
In a second term, he’ll have more flexibility
That Citizen’s United has stuck in Obama’s craw since it was handed down. It must be a huge roadblock to what the democrats are trying to accomplish in this country.
If they hold a Constitutional Convention, I hope they consider abolishing the 17th amendment... Now that’s something I can support 100%!
Just when the sunami begins to rises against them from our side of the issues..
The Socialists ....errr..... I mean Democrats are eager to silence the opposition.
But hey,...They're the tolerant ones remember?
Un-American garbage seems to run rampant in D.C.
Can’t have any effective opposition to the labor unions and state-controlled media, Ubama’s own private Super-Pacs.
The Zero amendment.
I love seeing Zeros go down in flames.
Then we must ban Union political activity as well.......
Why doesn’t he just put on a khaki uniform, award himself every US military medal and start calling himself President-for-life Idi Amin?
“Even if the Amendment process falls short”, I’ll just enact it by Executive Order.
“When I went there, I did not think to have done this. But perceiving the spirit of God so strong upon me, I would not consult flesh and blood.”
-Oliver Cromwell, On his forcible dissolution of parliament (April 1653) quoted in Flagellum: or the Life and Death Birth and Burial of Oliver Cromwell the Late Usurper (1663) by James Heath
Thank you... You saved me the trouble!
I have just one hyphenated word that sums this up:
It would not even pass the currently dimmocratic-controlled Senate, much less the House. And to get three-fourths of the States to agree????
Yup - Non-Starter
I mean ... so zero signs a piece of paper ....
He ignores REAL legislation, why shouldn't we IGNORE his unconstitutional, revolutionary ... boojit !!??
zero is calling for war ... revolution of SOME kind and will do whatever it takes to get violence and blood happening.
Just ignore his paper ... he ignores ours.
John McCain, as well as Obama, will be happy if Citizens United is overturned.
Another amendment he can ignore.