Harry schedules vote to repeal free speech portion of First Amendment

The U.S. Senate slipped out of D.C. on Friday just as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid scheduled a vote on a constitutional amendment that would repeal the free speech section of the First Amendment. The vote on S.J. Res. 19 will take place at 6 p.m. EDT on Sept. 8.

The amendment now reads:

Section 1. To advance democratic self-government and political equality, and to protect the integrity of government and the electoral process, Congress and the States may regulate and set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections.

Section 2. Congress and the States shall have power to implement and enforce this article by appropriate legislation, and may distinguish between natural persons and corporations or other artificial entities created by law, including by prohibiting such entities from spending money to influence elections.

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

Somewhere along the way someone fixed one of the glaring flaws in the amendment.

Previously, the amendment said: “Nothing in this article shall be construed to grant Congress the power to abridge the freedom of the press.” After it was pointed out that the amendment, by omission, appeared to grant the states the power to abridge freedom of the press, Section 3 was written to also bar states from abridging freedom of the press.

Of course, the amendment still would prohibit free speech by corporations or organization — unless they buy a press. How hard would that be?

The amendment is an attempt to undo the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United that held the federal government may not restrict unions or corporations from spending money on elections.

“This partisan effort to weaken the First Amendment is the clearest proof yet of how out of touch the Democrat majority has become from the needs and concerns of ordinary Americans and how ill-equipped they are to lead in these challenging times,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was quoted as saying by The Hill after the vote was scheduled. “Washington Democrats have forgotten that the First Amendment is meant to empower the people, not the government.”

But Reid said in May:

“I urge my colleagues to support this constitutional amendment – to rally behind our democracy. I understand what we Senate Democrats are proposing is no small thing – amending our Constitution is not something we take lightly. But the flood of special interest money into our American democracy is one of the greatest threats our system of government has ever faced. Let’s keep our elections from becoming speculative ventures for the wealthy and put a stop to the hostile takeover of our democratic system by a couple of billionaire oil barons. It is time that we revive our constituents’ faith in the electoral system, and let them know that their voices are being heard.”

Hopefully, the amendment is little more than a political ploy by Reid and his ilk who are trying to suck up to their constituents who hate anyone else spending their own money on their own ideas and politics. The amendment, to become a part of the Constitution, would have to be passed by two-thirds of both the Senate and the House and be ratified by three quarters of the states.

In addition to being a senseless and futile gesture, such an amendment would require a huge bureaucracy to enforce, but, of course, this bureaucracy would be even handed like the IRS and efficient like the VA and responsive like the BLM.

13 comments on “Harry schedules vote to repeal free speech portion of First Amendment

  1. Steve says:

    It has the same chance as prohibiting the burning of the US flag.
    Let them embarrass themselves with this new form of dreck.

  2. Winston Smith says:

    Until Reid can go back to Civics 101 and learn that our Founders created a Constitutional Republic, I shan’t bother with any of his political grandstanding.

    War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength

  3. Vernon Clayson says:

    This is more treachery from the individual, Harry Reid, that Nevada voters sent to Washington, it is a feint, what follows will be more devilish and destructive. One might believe the timing, before the fall election, is odd, even brazen, but it’s a spark. As in all things with the Washington gang, follow the money.

  4. Vernon Clayson says:

    Had another thought, will Obama make this an executive order while Congress is on recess?

  5. I wouldn’t put it past him.

  6. Steve says:

    OH! I certainly HOPE Obama tries THAT!

  7. Steve says:

    Another thought. Harry knows any legislation to this effect would never survive any constitutional test.
    The only way to get this dross into effect is through a constitutional amendment.

    If the president tried to enact such crap via an order, it would be solid grounds for impeachment.

    PLEASE Mr. President! Issue an executive order!

  8. Winston Smith says:

    More to read and think about:


    Sorry about the length (and # of parts)…

    P.S. Yeah, I hardly trust any organization at this point, “left”, “right” or whatever.

  9. Rincon says:

    Stupid game anyway. Even if it passes, why would Congress limit campaign finances since they can usually raise the most money?

  10. Steve says:

    “Stupid game anyway.”

    Indeed. Harry’s “Stupid game”.

  11. Vernon Clayson says:

    It’s a game for Barry, Harry, and that whole gang, alright, but there’s only penalties on the side of citizens, there’s only one penalty for them, that’s to be defeated in an election and they all have a card up their sleeve in the form of political machines. Take Nancy Pelosi, (D) she made a fool of herself the other day on the floor of the House, for history the Congressional Record for that day will mention only that she disagreed with her “colleague”, Rep. Marino (R). Why do the Republicans fear this disgruntled lunatic, why didn’t Leader John Boehner call her out for lack of decorum, why does the mainstream media not find this unsettling? Okay, I know the answer, just asking,

  12. Anonymous says:

    “””””obama should be sued for ‘TREASON” NOT IMPEACHED

  13. […] returns to Washington today and one the first things on its agenda is a vote to rip the free speech heart out of the First […]

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