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41 Senate Democrats Support Repeal of 1st Amendment Rights

41 US Senators are upset that the Supreme Court has affirmed the rights of free speech in the 1st Amendment as regards the supporting of candidates and political causes of choice. A new amendment to the Constitution has been proposed by Mark Udall (D-CO) and announced by Chuck Schumer (D-NY) who said “the First Amendment is not absolute“. The new amendment would authorize Congress to strip Americans of their rights of Free Speech, Religion, and Assembly if any of those activities involve advocacy with money or volunteer effort — unless you own a newspaper or television network. The amendment allows the protection of incumbents in office by giving Congress the unlimited power to outlaw citizen criticism of the government and politicians in office. It is supported by 41 Democratic Senators.

For an in-depth discussion of the effects and purposes behind this proposed Amendment, see Mark Davis and John Hinderaker.

To their everlasting shame, both Oregon Senators Wyden and Merkley are on the list of supporters:

  1. Tammy Baldwin (WI)
  2. Mark Begich (AK)
  3. Michael Bennet (CO)
  4. Richard Blumenthal (CT)
  5. Cory Booker (NJ)
  6. Barbara Boxer (CA)
  7. Sherrod Brown (OH)
  8. Benjamin Cardin (MD)
  9. Thomas Carper (DE)
  10. Christopher Coons (DE)
  11. Richard Durbin (IL)
  12. Dianne Feinstein (CA)
  13. Al Franken (MN)
  14. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY)
  15. Kay Hagen (NC)
  16. Tom Harkin (IA)
  17. Martin Heinrich (NM)
  18. Mazie Hirono (HI)
  19. Tim Johnson (SD)
  20. Angus King, Jr. (ME)
  21. Amy Klobuchar (MN)
  22. Edward Markey (MA)
  23. Robert Menendez (NJ)
  24. Jeff Merkley (OR)
  25. Barbara Mikulski (MD)
  26. Christopher Murphy (CT)
  27. Patty Murray (WA)
  28. Jack Reed (RI)
  29. Harry Reid (NV)
  30. John D. Rockefeller, IV (WV)
  31. Bernard Sanders (VT)
  32. Brian Schatz (HI)
  33. Chuck Schumer (NY)
  34. Jeanne Shaheen (NH)
  35. Debbie Stabenow (MI)
  36. Jon Tester (MT)
  37. Mark Udall (CO)
  38. John Walsh (MT)
  39. Elizabeth Warren (MA)
  40. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)
  41. Ron Wyden (OR)

Here is the full text of the Amendment. Note the “weasel words” and how it give Congress and States unlimited power to pass any laws in an unrestricted manner as regards limitations against those who wish to challenge the status quo or support the candidates of their choice. All publicity can be restricted by the government definition of the “press” to ensure the advantages of incumbency. Note that “in-kind equivalents” of donations are also subject to regulation, so that volunteer efforts of time for organizing, canvassing and phone calls can be outlawed if Congress or the States choose to do so.

 

SECTION 1. To advance the fundamental principle of political equality for all, and to protect the integrity of the legislative and electoral processes, Congress shall have power to regulate the raising and spending of money and in-kind equivalents with respect to Federal elections, including through setting limits on—

(1) the amount of contributions to candidates for nomination for election to, or for election to, Federal office; and
(2) the amount of funds that may be spent by, in support of, or in opposition to such candidates.

SECTION 2. To advance the fundamental principle of political equality for all, and to protect the integrity of the legislative and electoral processes, each State shall have power to regulate the raising and spending of money and in-kind equivalents with respect to State elections, including through setting limits on—

(1) the amount of contributions to candidates for nomination for election to, or for election to, State office; and
(2) the amount of funds that may be spent by, in support of, or in opposition to such candidates.

SECTION 3. Nothing in this article shall be construed to grant Congress the power to abridge the freedom of the press.

SECTION 4. Congress and the States shall have power to implement and enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

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