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Obama Calls for Amendment Limiting Free-Speech Rights
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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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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: citizensunited; corporations; dictatorship; executiveorders; freespeech; politicalspeech; rulebyfiat; tyranny
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1 posted on 08/30/2012 12:01:06 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Wow.


2 posted on 08/30/2012 12:03:15 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Hey, if it outlaws Islam within the US because Islam is a false religion, then I guess I'd support modifications to the First Amendment also.

Otherwise ... not so much.

3 posted on 08/30/2012 12:03:43 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (I'm not voting for Romney. The Grand Old Whig Party doesn't own my vote and failed to earn it.)
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To: Sub-Driver

In a second term, he’ll have more flexibility


4 posted on 08/30/2012 12:08:32 PM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: Sub-Driver

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%!


5 posted on 08/30/2012 12:08:53 PM PDT by MNGal
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To: Sub-Driver
Typical...

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?

7 posted on 08/30/2012 12:10:32 PM PDT by thingumbob (I'm a bitter clinger...I dare you to take my gun)
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To: Sub-Driver
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.

Un-American garbage seems to run rampant in D.C.

8 posted on 08/30/2012 12:11:14 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: Sub-Driver

Can’t have any effective opposition to the labor unions and state-controlled media, Ubama’s own private Super-Pacs.


9 posted on 08/30/2012 12:12:17 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: Sub-Driver

The Zero amendment.

I love seeing Zeros go down in flames.


11 posted on 08/30/2012 12:15:30 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: Sub-Driver

Then we must ban Union political activity as well.......


12 posted on 08/30/2012 12:15:50 PM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: Sub-Driver

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?


13 posted on 08/30/2012 12:18:02 PM PDT by NRA1995 (I'll cling to my religion, cigars and guns till they're pried from my cold dead fingers!)
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To: Red Badger

“Even if the Amendment process falls short”, I’ll just enact it by Executive Order.


14 posted on 08/30/2012 12:18:49 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Sub-Driver

“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


15 posted on 08/30/2012 12:19:27 PM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: knarf

Thank you... You saved me the trouble!

LLS


16 posted on 08/30/2012 12:25:14 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (If romney is our only chance... we have less of a chance than a Massachusetts fetus.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I have just one hyphenated word that sums this up:

Non-Starter

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


17 posted on 08/30/2012 12:40:24 PM PDT by Real Cynic No More
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To: LibLieSlayer; All
Y'know ... it occurs to me ... what can ANYone do if, in these last what .. 60 some days, a corporation just annonymously dumps a million dollars on Romney, or any of the conservative candidates running for office?

I mean ... so zero signs a piece of paper ....

SO WHAT?

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.

18 posted on 08/30/2012 12:43:00 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Real Cynic No More

John McCain, as well as Obama, will be happy if Citizens United is overturned.


19 posted on 08/30/2012 12:45:04 PM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Another amendment he can ignore.


20 posted on 08/30/2012 12:46:37 PM PDT by boomop1 (term limits will only save this country.)
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To: Sub-Driver

So, to those supporting a third party candidate or staying home, is Romney still the same as 0bama?
0bama will issue EOs to effectively repeal each amendment in the BOR if he is elected for a 2nd term. No chance to recover from that.


21 posted on 08/30/2012 12:47:16 PM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est; zero sera dans l'enfer bientot)
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To: Sub-Driver

Humph...what a blatant attempt to overturn the 1st Amendment.

Well, 1. Ain’t Gonna Happen and
2. On Nov. 6th, You are going down you Fascist POS

So...Hit the road BlObama and don’t come back no mo.


22 posted on 08/30/2012 12:49:24 PM PDT by el_texicano (Palinista to the core! Ryan will kick butt.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Not news.

He and the entire assembled Left began clamoring for this about 10 minutes after the ink on the Court’s decision was dry.


23 posted on 08/30/2012 12:52:04 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Red Badger
Then we must ban Union political activity as well

I know that corporations under settled law have the same rights as individuals in many regards, but I'm wondering if that's true of Union organizations?

Here's an alternative: Since government workers are more than mere employees, and their jobs are needed for fulfillment of the government's role, perhaps we could get a constitutional amendment to ban the formation of government unions, and ban all unions from participating in the political process as organized groups.

It'll never happen, but think about the ramifications if it did?

Obama never looks at the unintended consequences of his actions, so if he wants to talk about Consitutional Amendments, here's one for him:

Any government official elected to the Presidency, Vice Presidency, Senate, or House of Representatives who is deemed to have violated his oath of office, shall be removed from office immediately upon being deemed to have done so. In the case of the Presidency, the trial shall be conducted in the House of Representatives, with a simple majority of a quorum of at least 75% of the membership of the House present and voting, required to convict.

24 posted on 08/30/2012 12:54:48 PM PDT by Real Cynic No More
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To: Sub-Driver

I can no longer distinguish reality from satire.


25 posted on 08/30/2012 12:54:59 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Let’s hear Obama denounce Media Matters, his supporting Communist Super-PAC!


26 posted on 08/30/2012 12:57:16 PM PDT by CodeToad (Be Prepared...They Are.)
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To: knarf

Lulz


27 posted on 08/30/2012 12:57:46 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Great, I'm sure 0bama will have no problem getting 3/4 of the states to agree to amend the Constitution.
28 posted on 08/30/2012 12:59:27 PM PDT by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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To: Sub-Driver
It would be far more productive, salient, and germane to pass a Constitutional Amendment preventing us from ever again using Affirmative Action as a justification for electing an unqualified, unprincipled, morally devoid mouth-breathing imbecile as our President.

How about that, President O'Bunga?

;-\

29 posted on 08/30/2012 1:01:48 PM PDT by Gargantua ("Barrio Bummer ~ America's First Gay President")
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To: flaglady47
John McCain, as well as Obama, will be happy if Citizens United is overturned.

Actually, the USSC did overturn Citizens United. What Obama wants is limitations on free speech so that Citizens United can be re-enacted.

30 posted on 08/30/2012 1:02:56 PM PDT by Real Cynic No More
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To: Sub-Driver

Worthless P.O.S.!


31 posted on 08/30/2012 1:05:47 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: thingumbob

Socialism vs Facts.

When the argument for Socialism falls flat on it’s evil face the only way to win is eliminate the Truth.


32 posted on 08/30/2012 1:05:55 PM PDT by liberty or death
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To: Sub-Driver
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.

Before you pass the law, do you mind if I say this?

Obama, you are a F***ing Anti-America, anti-capitalist, SOCIALIST A$$hole!

Ok, Zero..now you can ban free speech you MARXIST!!

33 posted on 08/30/2012 1:06:32 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Yes, Obama, I had help with my business. MY CUSTOMERS!)
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To: Sub-Driver
Pure posturing.

He knows it will never be ratified, nor does he want it to be.

34 posted on 08/30/2012 1:15:23 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: liberty or death
Ya...as Ryan said last night.....

"....where we live in a world where everything is free but us"

35 posted on 08/30/2012 1:16:10 PM PDT by thingumbob (I'm a bitter clinger...I dare you to take my gun)
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To: andyk; All

because it is all the new Obamunism reality


36 posted on 08/30/2012 1:16:47 PM PDT by FARS (Be Healthy, Happy and Thrive!)
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To: Sub-Driver

This is the type of tyranny we will get if the Liberal Messiah gets a second term. Such an amendment would have to limit individual free speech rights to be effective.


37 posted on 08/30/2012 1:23:23 PM PDT by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: MNGal
If they hold a Constitutional Convention, I hope they consider abolishing the 17th amendment... Now that’s something I can support 100%!

Amen and don't forget the Sixteenth!

38 posted on 08/30/2012 1:24:48 PM PDT by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: Sub-Driver

It says “Congress shall pass no law”.

It doesn’t say anything about “this document only applies to citizens” - which is probably a good thing or the illegals would be screaming.


39 posted on 08/30/2012 1:31:11 PM PDT by Tzimisce (THIS SUCKS)
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To: Sub-Driver; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; NFHale; Impy; ...

This is nothing new, the Dems hate citizen’s united decision. It drives them mad. Obama yelled at the SCOTUS over it at the SOTU. This is just to get lib base donations.

This is about as meaningful as when Republicans say they are for amendments to get Republican support, just BS to get base donations and primary support.


40 posted on 08/30/2012 1:39:15 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: Sub-Driver

If Øbozo really wanted this he would just snap his bony fingers and declare it done. It isn’t like he has any use for or respect of the Constitution.


41 posted on 08/30/2012 1:41:35 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Sub-Driver
I just posted an email from nobama in which John F'ing Skerry, the designated shill, complained, "This year, the Romney campaign and super PACs have promised to spend more than $1 billion."

Fine.

There's nothing preventing nobama from fighting fire with fire, is there?

42 posted on 08/30/2012 1:47:07 PM PDT by upchuck ("Definition of 'racist:' someone that is winning an argument with a liberal." ~ Peter Brimelow)
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He isn’t going to get it and he knows it. Its just propaganda for his base. Kind of like the gop saying they’ll pass a balanced budget amendment.


43 posted on 08/30/2012 1:56:39 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (WILLARD 2012 - It's not just a campaign, it's a conservative suicide pact!)
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To: Sub-Driver
To understand why Obama is now in favor of limiting SuperPac's one needs only look at his record.

IN 2008, the Obama campaign used SuperPacs so effectively, they out-spent the McCain campaign almost 4:1. Not a peep was heard from Obama about those "evil SuperPacs" back then.

Now that Romney is out fund-raising and outspending OBAMA, Obama cries foul!

Those are the clear, undisputed facts of the matter here folks. Obama only cries when he's beaten at his own game. WAAAAAAAA!!!!!

44 posted on 08/30/2012 2:00:53 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Sub-Driver

With Judge Roberts now under obamm’s control, this would have no problem clearing the USSC.


45 posted on 08/30/2012 2:06:19 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: Sub-Driver
——McCain-Feingold campaign finance law—

The reason I loath McCain...almost as much as Obama

The way to fix campaign finance is to make it 100 % transparent...

No more money to PAC or political bodies to hide donations...

Give any amount to a CANDIDATE and they must report it in 24 hours...don't report a donation...you pay 10 X the donation in fines

Everybody and God will know who is getting what from whom...

46 posted on 08/30/2012 2:13:01 PM PDT by Popman (In a place you only dream of Where your soul is always free)
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To: usconservative

True that. And this will never happen anyway. Citizen’s United was the right decision. It helps the right counter the media bias and quite frankly, why shouldn’t more money mean you get louder speech? You got a bigger megaphone!

If they don’t like it, as Scalia says, turn off the tv.


47 posted on 08/30/2012 2:17:02 PM PDT by rudabaga
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To: sickoflibs

” This is nothing new, the Dems hate citizen’s united decision. It drives them mad. Obama yelled at the SCOTUS over it at the SOTU. This is just to get lib base donations.”

Yep, just more BS.


48 posted on 08/30/2012 2:21:00 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Sub-Driver
"... the Supreme Court decision in the landmark Citizens United v FEC case that granted First Amendment rights to corporations."

What shoddy writing. The courts never "grant" rights to anyone. Rights are never granted, they are in self-evident existence.

49 posted on 08/30/2012 2:25:46 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Oh, joy! Thank you, Dear Leader! Soon we will all be free of freedom!


50 posted on 08/30/2012 2:28:58 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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