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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.
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.
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.
He and the entire assembled Left began clamoring for this about 10 minutes after the ink on the Court’s decision was dry.
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.
I can no longer distinguish reality from satire.
Let’s hear Obama denounce Media Matters, his supporting Communist Super-PAC!
How about that, President O'Bunga?
Actually, the USSC did overturn Citizens United. What Obama wants is limitations on free speech so that Citizens United can be re-enacted.
Socialism vs Facts.
When the argument for Socialism falls flat on it’s evil face the only way to win is eliminate the Truth.
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!!
He knows it will never be ratified, nor does he want it to be.
"....where we live in a world where everything is free but us"
because it is all the new Obamunism reality
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.
Amen and don't forget the Sixteenth!
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.
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.
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.
There's nothing preventing nobama from fighting fire with fire, is there?
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.
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!!!!!
With Judge Roberts now under obamm’s control, this would have no problem clearing the USSC.
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...
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.
” This is nothing new, the Dems hate citizens 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.
What shoddy writing. The courts never "grant" rights to anyone. Rights are never granted, they are in self-evident existence.
Oh, joy! Thank you, Dear Leader! Soon we will all be free of freedom!