Schumer calls for “limits on First Amendment rights” during Senate debate

posted at 5:21 pm on July 17, 2012 by Rob Bluey

The Senate has gone 1,175 days without passing a budget. Taxmageddon and sequestration are threatening the economic livelihood of millions of Americans. And yet the top order of business for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) this week is the DISCLOSE Act, a blatant attempt by liberals to circumvent and restrict the First Amendment.

Senate Democrats even staged a “midnight vigil” last night to promote their cause. That’s when the follies starting flying. New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, the No. 3 Democrat, had the biggest whopper of the evening when he called for “limits on First Amendment rights” during his Senate speech. (Full transcript below the video.)

Here’s the transcript (emphasis added):

I believe there ought to be limits because the First Amendment is not absolute. No amendment is absolute. You can’t scream ‘fire’ falsely in a crowded theater. We have libel laws. We have anti-pornography laws. All of those are limits on the First Amendment. Well, what could be more important than the wellspring of our democracy? And certain limits on First Amendment rights that if left unfettered, destroy the equality — any semblance of equality in our democracy — of course would be allowed by the Constitution. And the new theorists on the Supreme Court who don’t believe that, I am not sure where their motivation comes from, but they are just so wrong. They are just so wrong.

While Schumer was ranting about the need for greater restrictions on free speech, other Democrats were complaining about the role of money in politics. Except, it seems, the sponsor of the DISCLOSE Act, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). He left the debate to attend a political fundraiser. That caught the eye of John Stanton at Buzzfeed:

The Senate Democrat leading the push for greater transparency in campaign donations to outside organizations slipped out of a highly orchestrated floor event Monday – to attend a fundraiser for an outside organization.

Ultimately, the DISCLOSE Act failed to get the 60 votes necessary Tuesday afternoon. The final vote was 53 to 45. But even though it’s now failed this session and the last one, there are no permanent victories in Washington. Reid already floated the idea of changing the Senate rules to make it easier for Democrats to pass legislation. Here’s what he told MSNBC’s Ed Schultz:

We can’t go on like this anymore. I don’t want to get rid of the filibuster, but I have to tell you, I want to change the rules and make the filibuster meaningful. The filibuster is not part of our constitution, it came about as a result of our wanting to get legislation passed, and now it’s being used to stop legislation from passing.

That’s not always been Reid’s view of the filibuster, a procedural tool he used when President George W. Bush was in office. In fact, he said on the “Charlie Rose Show” in 2007, “In the Senate, it’s always been the case you need 60 votes.” Except, of course, when Democrats are in charge.


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So the Democrats want to get rid of the Bill of Rights… this is news?

malclave on July 17, 2012 at 5:25 PM

What an oaf he is.

The left is perturbed.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 5:28 PM

I’ll bet the Dems could do a lot of thing for to us without that pesky Constitution is the way…

trigon on July 17, 2012 at 5:30 PM

they need to hide what they do…. sad

MrMoe on July 17, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Just when I think the left coast contains all the contemptible stalinists, goode olde chuck you schumer comes out to remind me that the right coast is messed up too.

tom daschle concerned on July 17, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Odds are Schumer has no idea what the first amendment actually says.

BobMbx on July 17, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Resist We Much on July 17, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Do you really think they would cry all these crocodile tears if they were the ones who had the monetary advantage as a result of Citizen’s United?

All this DISCLOSE garbage is aimed at one thing, and one thing only – intimidating political donors.

F*** Schumer and the rest of them. They’ve been so used to the playing field tilted in their direction they think it was flat.

JeffWeimer on July 17, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Dear Leader’s term in office has brought out the bright light on the Marxists, Socialists, and Fascists among us. Sunshine is the best disinfectant…so says MM.

d1carter on July 17, 2012 at 5:33 PM

I agree that there again needs to be some limits on free speech. When the Constitution was the Bill of Rights were written, we had the Duel to keep everyone honest and truthful.

meci on July 17, 2012 at 5:34 PM

We always knew the Constitution was not held in high esteem by these people, but the fact that they are willingly bragging about their animosity for the document is astonishing.

dirtseller on July 17, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Deranged lunatic.

FlatFoot on July 17, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Little Eichmans.

lorien1973 on July 17, 2012 at 5:34 PM

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“One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that: no ordinary man could be such a fool.”

– George Orwell, 1945

Resist We Much on July 17, 2012 at 5:37 PM

That’s not always been Reid’s view of the filibuster, a procedural tool he used when President George W. Bush was in office. In fact, he said on the “Charlie Rose Show” in 2007, “In the Senate, it’s always been the case you need 60 votes.” Except, of course, when Democrats are in charge.

Dear Lord, I don’t ask for much, but just this once, please let them do it and then let the Republicans take the Senate in November. Thank you, God.

cynccook on July 17, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Chucky Schumer, (D-imwhit-NY/Wall Street), the imbecile who thinks the Constitution defines the three branches of the US Government to be “the House, the Senate, and the president”.

And we uncover yet another deranged tenet of the warped lunatic-left d-cRAT socialist ideology:
“Free speech for ME, but not for THEE.” Apparently, the Founding Fathers got it wrong (again) !!!

TeaPartyNation on July 17, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Somebody PLEASE vote Schmuck Schumer out of office.

The Rogue Tomato on July 17, 2012 at 5:38 PM

I just got this email and if you would like to read and see what you think? Is this some nut? Do you think bho/team would do this? IMO, and I have said this for well over a year, this would not surprise me one bit! But, if not true, I guess I am the nut? Decide for yourself! Frankly, I would go for the bho/team doing this! Those who want to stay home and not vote, not vote for Mitt(if we are allowed to vote), write in someone, or vote for bho, it is YOUR choice we have so far!

http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/46516

This goes along with this worm schumer’s rant on the 1st and everything else happening in our nation? ME thinks people better wake up and STAT!
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letget on July 17, 2012 at 5:38 PM

I really really dislike the DIMocratic leadership… a very dangerous bunch…

Khun Joe on July 17, 2012 at 5:38 PM

You first Chuckie! Put a sock on it!

djtnt on July 17, 2012 at 5:39 PM

We always knew the Constitution was not held in high esteem by these people, but the fact that they are willingly bragging about their animosity for the document is astonishing.

dirtseller on July 17, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Even more astonishing are the millions of clueless idiots and moochers that continue to elect the socialists and then blame conservatives when the socialists fail again and again. They all think that they will be the first ones in the history of the planet that will successfully implement socialist policies…breathtaking!

cajunpatriot on July 17, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Harry is all for ‘changing the rules’, but only when the rule change favors Harry. Must be that “political justice” liberals are always talking about.

We saw the same “political justice” in Massachusetts. When there’s a Republican governor, it’s “let the people choose a replacement if a mid-term Senatorial vacancy occurs!” When there’s a Democratic governor, it’s “let the governor choose a replacement if a mid-term Senatorial vacancy occurs!”

Must the the “nuance”.

Please don’t bother calling them on their hypocrisy. Just as a fish doesn’t notice the water they swim in, neither do the Democrats.

GarandFan on July 17, 2012 at 5:40 PM

It would be nice if they could restrict the 2nd amendment too, maybe by running guns to Mexican drug lords or something.

Bishop on July 17, 2012 at 5:44 PM

I think it’s time we imposed term limits on Chuck the old fashion way…At the ballot box..

RockyJ. on July 17, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Midnight turd-circus.

Pork-Chop on July 17, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Obama’s already working on it, with the HHS mandate.

Ward Cleaver on July 17, 2012 at 5:46 PM

While what Schumer said is not valid, limiting first amendment was all the rage across the GOP (and that includes Hotgas) when second coming Santorum was their latest subject of worship.

lester on July 17, 2012 at 5:46 PM

If there was ever a body of law that should not be subject to the filibuster, it should be rolling back constitutional rights.

blammm on July 17, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Democrats are so low they have to look up to see the underside of the cockroach that just defecated on them.

jan3 on July 17, 2012 at 5:48 PM

We have libel laws. We have anti-pornography laws. All of those are limits on the First Amendment.

But they are NOT limits on the First Amendment, Senator Schumer, because libel and pornography are not political speech, which is the type of speech the First Amendment was ratified to preserve.

radjah shelduck on July 17, 2012 at 5:49 PM

F*** Schumer and the rest of them. They’ve been so used to the playing field tilted in their direction they think it was flat.

JeffWeimer on July 17, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Exactly. Every last one of these wannabe totalitarians need to be run out of town, yesterday.

PatriotGal2257 on July 17, 2012 at 5:49 PM

They don’t even hide it anymore. And still the useful idiots follow along like lambs to their own slaughter.
The debate is not about more jobs verse fewer jobs. Or a better economy verses a poorer economy. It’s about freedom verses tyranny. Will we remain a free nation or will we become a police state. Will we be a people free to govern ourselves or will we become wards of the state? There is no other argument. You can have a job in prison, but you cannot be free. The Democrats are turning our whole nation into a prison and the too many within the GOP seem fine with that, just so long as we have jobs.
Why do people seem embarrassed with identifying and stating the obvious? It’s happening right in front of our eyes.

JellyToast on July 17, 2012 at 5:51 PM

I believe there ought to be limits because the First Amendment is not absolute. No amendment is absolute

But abortion is an ‘absolute’ to Chuckles, even though it’s not an Amendment.

And certain limits on First Amendment rights that if left unfettered, destroy the equality — any semblance of equality in our democracy — of course would be allowed by the Constitution.

The First isn’t about the ‘equality’ of content. It’s about equality that all Citizens have unfettered ability to peaceably speak their minds in public.

Remember, now–Like all Dems, Chuckles opposes servile ‘oppression’ and ‘disenfranchisement’.

Pffft!

Liam on July 17, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Socialists have curtailed the people’s ability to tell the truth about socialists and socialism in every instance in which they’ve gained power, be they national socialists or commie socialists.

wildcat72 on July 17, 2012 at 5:54 PM

The almost impossible-to-believe element to this is that the strong likelihood is that the Democrats will be in the minority in six months, with a virtual tie covering the remainder of almost all serious possibilities.

That’s how confident they are that they have a media that won’t call them on the overwhelmingly obvious hypocrisy. They’re willing to blast the filibuster just on the off chance that they remain the majority party. What’s the harm? It’s not like words have meaning when you’re a liberal.

HitNRun on July 17, 2012 at 5:54 PM

We need to bring back the practice of tarring and feathering asp-holes who openly advocate violating their oaths of office. Chuck Shumer should be in a federal prison breaking rocks in the hot sun for his open acts of sedition and treason (along with most of the rest of the democrat party, including the punk occupier of the Oval Office). I continue to be stunned and appalled that worms like him are actually elected by a constituency that can only be described as either ignorant or malevolent, or both.

SteveThomas on July 17, 2012 at 5:56 PM

You can’t scream ‘fire’ falsely in a crowded theater. We have libel laws. We have anti-pornography laws.

To the extent that we have unconstitutional limits on free speech in the course of having a functioning society, they’re shamefully necessary exceptions to be ignored as much as possible in a don’t-talk-about-fight-club kind of way, not trumpeted as a model for societal change from the dome of the US Capitol.

HitNRun on July 17, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Resist We Much on July 17, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Well, there clearly are Laws, and then Law-laws… After all, look at how they have treated the 2nd amendment, which say every bit as clearly, “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed“.

SWalker on July 17, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Our First Amendment?

In that thing we used to call the Bill of Rights? LOL… We still call it that?

What a sad, sad joke…

People don;t even remember that the FIRST right mentioned in the First Amendment, is not Freedom of Speech, but Freedom of Religion

Get those Ten Commandments out of here!

deedtrader on July 17, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Schumer calls for “limits on First Amendment rights” during Senate debate

…from the same lawyer who said the 3 branches of government were the Senate…the House…AND THE WHITE HOUSE!
…(and people wonder why I don’t like New Yorker’s)

KOOLAID2 on July 17, 2012 at 6:04 PM

I’m shocked, shocked…Pffffft! I can’t even pretend fake shock anymore. If there’s anyone in this country who can’t see that these people are the enemies of liberty, then maybe we deserve the chains they are preparing for us.

These are the times that try men’s patience.

squint on July 17, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Our First Amendment?

In that thing we used to call the Bill of Rights? LOL… We still call it that?

What a sad, sad joke…

People don;t even remember that the FIRST right mentioned in the First Amendment, is not Freedom of Speech, but Freedom of Religion…

Get those Ten Commandments out of here!

deedtrader on July 17, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Obama and other modern liberals fret that the Constitution lacks a “Bill of things government is obliged to do to, uhh, FOR you.”

wildcat72 on July 17, 2012 at 6:05 PM

As Nikita Kruschev once said,
“We can’t expect the American People to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of Socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have Communism.”

Wouldn’t incessantly chipping away at our Constitutional rights fall into this category? And the lib media doesn’t think he or his sycophants are socialists. Puh-LEASE!

RadioAngel on July 17, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Mmmhmmm.

The first ‘victim’ of the removal of the 1st amendment should be pusbags like schumer.

Wolfmoon on July 17, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Free political speech has no limit under the Constitution.

Except, you should not yell out “Obama’s coming to tax you!” in a crowded theater. It might cause a panic. Even if it’s true.

Except, you should not call Romney’s plan a tax cut for the rich, because it is false, misleading, and passe.

billrowe on July 17, 2012 at 6:07 PM

I’ll never understand why these politicians have such a hard time reading the Constitution, that they swore an oath to protect and defend. The Bill of Rights guarantee’s the American people their God given rights. It also restricts the government of violating those rights. Schumer, as a lawyer and politician along with the rest of the Democrats demonstrate their disrespect for that Constitution they swore to protect by constantly attacking it. These are not men of honor, they are filthy rotten politicians. The people that continue to re-elect them are not much better. A man without honor is the lowest form of life on this earth.

savage24 on July 17, 2012 at 6:08 PM

jeez, put these donks in the minority. These nutcases are playing a partisan game to gain an advantage over due process and the will of the American people.

jake49 on July 17, 2012 at 6:09 PM

The modern Democrat party is unhinged. Scary stuff. Power hungry people seek power, so cretins like Schumer are not surprising.

What is surprising (and sad) is that millions of Americans (Dem voters) are 100% on board with restricting political speech they disagree with.

visions on July 17, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Dang, no trolls? Where’s sesquip and inthemiddle? Urban Elitist would normally be all over this one.

Anyway.

As a prophylactic measure, here’s the absolute rebuttal:

No, corporations, per se, aren’t persons. However, they are made up of people. People who have constitutional rights. Those rights are not lessened or discarded in the least because they organize in any way and exercise those very same rights collectively.

JeffWeimer on July 17, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Mmmhmmm.

The first ‘victim’ of the removal of the 1st amendment should be pusbags like schumer.

Wolfmoon on July 17, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Note that Schumer isn’t trying to revoke the First. He’s trying to redefine it and get people to go along with his new ‘take’ without revoking or even seeking to modify it by the Constitutional process.

Liberals love trying to redefine the meanings of long-understood words and terms, to alter them for their use. They have their own dictionary, as opposed to Daniel Webster’s compilation of 200 years ago.

For liberals, the First ‘remains in force, but…”

Liam on July 17, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Do you really think they would cry all these crocodile tears if they were the ones who had the monetary advantage as a result of Citizen’s United?

All this DISCLOSE garbage is aimed at one thing, and one thing only – intimidating political donors.
JeffWeimer on July 17, 2012 at 5:33 PM

This is exactly what it is all about. The Citizen’s United ruling by the Supreme Court made it a level playing field and the Dems hate it!!!

I haven’t read the entire bill, but if I’m not mistaken the Unions would be exempt from this if passed. If it’s true, the R’s need to make this known and maybe they will secure more signatures to DeMint’s letter.

bluefox on July 17, 2012 at 6:16 PM

bluefox on July 17, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Unions were exempt from the original McCain-Feingold bill as passed.

Liam on July 17, 2012 at 6:18 PM

I agree that there again needs to be some limits on free speech. When the Constitution was the Bill of Rights were written, we had the Duel to keep everyone honest and truthful.

meci on July 17, 2012 at 5:34 PM

You sound just like Schumer and Reid.

bluefox on July 17, 2012 at 6:19 PM

I just can’t thank Nevada enough for giving us Harry Reid./

thatsafactjack on July 17, 2012 at 6:19 PM

I agree that there again needs to be some limits on free speech.

meci on July 17, 2012 at 5:34 PM

What should be those limits?

Liam on July 17, 2012 at 6:22 PM

It’s almost like they’re trying to wreck as much $hit as they can while they still have the chance….

But that can’t be right can it???

*gag*

BigWyo on July 17, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Could be be talking about the cases when someone publishes out and out lies about a person. Like McGuiness did in his book on Palin or HBO in the Palin movie. Is Schumer advising her to sue??

KenInIL on July 17, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Here’s a few names for you, Chuck Schumer, Barbara Boxer, Dick Durbin, Henry Waxman, what do they have in common? They all represent states that are going down the tubes and are considered in safe seats.

Schumer is not only a Senator, he’s a lawyer, yet he has no problem trying to take away the first amendment. How does he keep getting elected time after time. Well, his constituents elected Mayor bloomberg too, that should answer that one.

California is going down the tubes yet they keep electing Democrats to run the state and send people like Waxman, Boxer, and Maxine Waters to Congress. If those people are an example of the political elites no wonder California is ready to go off the cliff.

bflat879 on July 17, 2012 at 6:24 PM

meci on July 17, 2012 at 5:34 PM

The cure for bad speech is more speech. If only for the question “Who decides what is bad speech?”

Anyway, have you read about the campaign of 1800 or 1804? I don’t think you have. We’re pikers nowadays.

JeffWeimer on July 17, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Unions were exempt from the original McCain-Feingold bill as passed.

Liam on July 17, 2012 at 6:18 PM

There’s that tilted field Schumer thinks was flat….

JeffWeimer on July 17, 2012 at 6:26 PM

delusion of grandeur…

MrMoe on July 17, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Larry Flynt’s head is going to explode. He believes Democrats are his knights in shining armor, protecting his free speech rights against those evil Republicans.

UltimateBob on July 17, 2012 at 6:28 PM

I tend to agree with Jefferson’s sentiment: Let there be room for evil men to make vile comment, but let there also be place for good men to refute them.

Schumer, it seems, is only on the side of the evil men who speak vile things, and allow no debate.

Liam on July 17, 2012 at 6:31 PM

bluefox on July 17, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Unions were exempt from the original McCain-Feingold bill as passed.

Liam on July 17, 2012 at 6:18 PM

I didn’t know that. Makes me dislike McCain more than before.

bluefox on July 17, 2012 at 6:37 PM

I believe there ought to be limits because the First Amendment is not absolute. No amendment is absolute.

My God, this guy is a character straight out of Atlas Shrugged.

The right to free speech most certainly IS absolute. It’s no accident that it was the first one on the list.

UltimateBob on July 17, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Why can’t the demorats have majority control no matter how many seats their party controls in Congress, it seems fairer that way.

Bishop on July 17, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Resist We Much on July 17, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Yep, sounds pretty absolute to me.

UltimateBob on July 17, 2012 at 6:42 PM

How about some severely severe strict limits just on Schmucky Chucky? It’s so amazing how the leftistproglibtards are always telling their opponents to give it up and go home, quit voting to repeal the ObamascareTAX so much, you lost–we won, we get to do what we want and when they can’t get their way, they find every lying cheating thieving underhanded way they can to turn the tables in their favor.

The United States Senate has become a farcical clownhouse under Senile Reidiculous’ leadership. It’s an embarrassment to this country and to We The People and hey, Schmucky Chucky, you and the Senate Dembeciles are not rulers in this country who can circumvent the US Constitution at will.
It’s time to impeach a few Senators for “high crimes and misdemeanors” like misconduct, perjury of oath, abuse of authority, intimidation, failure to supervise, dereliction of duty, conduct unbecoming, and refusal to obey a lawful order could apply in varying degrees to Harry, Chucky and a few others.

Time for these lawbreaking Constitution-violating deadbeat slackers to go–and kick out their useless lawless prezuhdunce with ‘em!

stukinIL4now on July 17, 2012 at 6:55 PM

There is only one thing more dangerous than people like Schumer, Obama and the rest of the liberals.That being the idiots that keep voting them in year after year.

logman1 on July 17, 2012 at 6:57 PM

He should move to North Korea. He’d be much happier there. Well, probably not, but I would be. He should take Insane Hussein Obama with him too.

VorDaj on July 17, 2012 at 6:59 PM

The Senate has gone 1,175 days without passing a budget. Taxmageddon and sequestration are threatening the economic livelihood of millions of Americans. And yet the top order of business for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) this week is the DISCLOSE Act, a blatant attempt by liberals to circumvent and restrict the First Amendment.

……imagine what they would try if they get a 2nd Obama term.

Get off your arses, and start donating time and money, and do what you can to ELECT LIMITED GOVERNMENT Conservatives.

PappyD61 on July 17, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Get off your arses, and start donating time and money, and do what you can to ELECT LIMITED GOVERNMENT Conservatives.

I meant to bold that.

….and this comment is a GEM. Stalin couldn’t have said it better himself, Castro would be proud, Chavez would be smiling, Mao cackles with glee from the pits of hell.

I believe there ought to be limits because the First Amendment is not absolute. No amendment is absolute.

PappyD61 on July 17, 2012 at 7:02 PM

So the Democrats want to get rid of the Bill of Rights… this is news?

malclave on July 17, 2012 at 5:25 PM

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Yep; “Dog Bites Man.”

Nothing to see here, keep moving . . . . .

listens2glenn on July 17, 2012 at 7:02 PM

I agree that there again needs to be some limits on free speech. When the Constitution was the Bill of Rights were written, we had the Duel to keep everyone honest and truthful.

meci

Were you born an idiot, or raised that way?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Gothguy on July 17, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Yeah, limits for US, but no
limits for THEM!
Ever notice they pass laws for everyone but themselves?

p51d007 on July 17, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Chuck U has said similar in recent memory.
Dare the NewYarkehs vote for something a little
more aligned with the Constitution?

mickytx on July 17, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Schumey certainly is a jerk, but that goes with the territory of being a Democrat.

rickv404 on July 17, 2012 at 7:32 PM

We can’t go on like this anymore. I don’t want to get rid of the filibuster, but I have to tell you, I want to change the rules and make the filibuster meaningful. The filibuster is not part of our constitution, it came about as a result of our wanting to get legislation passed, and now it’s being used to stop legislation from passing.

I’m with you Dingy Harry. Let’s revamp the filibuster. Make the changes in conjunction with the repeal of the 17th Amendment.

ButterflyDragon on July 17, 2012 at 7:57 PM

UpChuck Schumer hates the Constitution?!?!?! Now THAT’s surprising

How many amendments would UpChuck chuck if UpChuck could chuck amendments?

Benedict Nelson on July 17, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Schumer is such a joke. I wrote his office regarding the UN treaty about firearms, requesting him to press Hillary and Obuzztheflipoff to not sign it.

I got back a letter telling me he’s all for the Second Amendment. But not one word about the treaty was in all that; he ignored my concern and opinion entirely.

Good thing I didn’t hold my breath.

My idea of ‘curtailing’ the First Amendment: Make Democrats such a political minority at the ballot box that every time they pipe up, they are laughed at so loud by so many that they crawl under a rock.

Liam on July 17, 2012 at 8:23 PM

UpChuck Schumer hates the Constitution?!?!?! Now THAT’s surprising

How many amendments would UpChuck chuck if UpChuck could chuck amendments?

Benedict Nelson on July 17, 2012 at 8:20 PM

That’s like asking how many dead people in a cemetery vote Democrat.

Liam on July 17, 2012 at 8:25 PM

These buffoons are not my father’s Democrat Party. They are all statist pigs.

Liberalism is a mental disorder. These people are deranged.

H.E. Pennypacker on July 17, 2012 at 9:39 PM

They don’t call him SCHMUCKY SCHUMER for nothing!

The goof is a certified assclown from head to toe!

pilamaye on July 17, 2012 at 10:04 PM

What this Nation really needs is a community organizer.

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coldwarrior on July 17, 2012 at 10:07 PM

I think the Republicans in the Senate should agree to de-fang the filibuster now. It won’t make any difference in this Congress; the House can safely block any crap the Senate passes. And once the Republicans have 52 or 53 seats in the next Senate, well, it ought to help President Romney and Speaker Boehner.

notropis on July 17, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Try and take away MY right to free speech would ya chucky boy?

Can these schmucks get any sicker in the head?

It’s all about them them them… a**holes the bloody lot of them…

Yes! Bring back tar and feathers and stocks!

Publicly humiliate these these these…

I’d be banned if I finished what I want to say…

This is the greatest nation in the world because of our Constitution

quit trying to f**k with it barstewards!!!!

Scrumpy on July 18, 2012 at 2:00 AM

If you can remember it was Chuck that couldn’t name the three branches of government. No wonder the all need a staff this large. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congressional_staff

mixplix on July 18, 2012 at 6:22 AM

This could be a good sign that the left is becoming totally unhinged, or it could be a bad sign that they are comfortable spouting anti-constitutionalist crap because the public is more ready to accept it. Better ponder this some more.

SKYFOX on July 18, 2012 at 7:52 AM

Chuck, Chuck, Chuck….get a grip.

StevC on July 18, 2012 at 5:19 PM

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