Democrats Wage War On The 1st Amendment
James Madison once sounded a warning about how liberty might one day be stolen away from the American people: “I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
Madison was right. Today, Democrats have made a habit of attempting “gradual and silent encroachments” on free speech.
For two centuries there has been bipartisan agreement that American democracy depends on free speech. Alas, more and more, the modern Democratic Party has abandoned that commitment and has instead been trying to regulate the speech of the citizenry.
Back in September 2014, when Democrats still controlled the Senate, then-Majority Leader Harry Reid led an effort to pass a constitutional amendment that would have given Congress and state legislatures the power to determine what does and does not count as political speech.
The measure, which failed on a 54-42 vote, would have “fixed” the First Amendment by overturning, the 2010 Supreme Court case protecting free speech that liberals can’t seem to wrap their heads around. At the time, Senate Democrats claimed their self-styled amendment to the First Amendment would get “dark money” out of politics by limiting individuals’ ability to combine resources and advocate for or against a candidate or policy.
Put another way, Democrats were trying to limit combinations of what people can say and when. Put in even more blunt terms, they were trying to suppress political speech.
Americans are turning their back on the First Amendment. What people don’t realize, is that they’re doing this at their own peril. Regardless of your political affiliation, “free speech for me, but not for thee” isn’t a sustainable strategy because political power comes and goes with elections. Constitutional rights shouldn’t.