Reid, Democrats set up midterm election push to limit First Amendment speech rights

posted at 10:41 am on May 15, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

There are multiple levels of irony here, but let’s start with the basics first. Harry Reid plans to go all out to push a new constitutional amendment that would limit political speech for the first time since the Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution. The bill, SJ-19, has floated around since Mark Udall and Michael Bennet introduced it last June following the Buckley v Valeo ruling at the Supreme Court. Greg Sargent got an advance look at the speech Reid intends to deliver, which makes it sound as though the amendment would be titled The Koch Brothers Are So Un-American That I Have Lost My Mind Act:

“The Kochs’ bid for a hostile takeover of American democracy is calculated to make themselves even richer. Yet the Kochs and their Republican followers in Congress continue to assert that these hundreds of millions of dollars are free speech. For evidence of that, look no further than the Republican Leader, who has flat out said, ‘in our society, spending is speech.’…

“The Supreme Court has equated money with speech, so the more money you have, he more speech you get, and the more influence in our democracy. That is wrong. Every American should have the same ability to influence our political system. One American, one vote. That’s what the constitution guarantees. The Constitution does not give corporations a vote. And the Constitution does not give dollar bills a vote…

“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.”

Gee, I thought the Constitution specifically forbids “bills of attainder,” in Article I, Section 9. The reason I bring that up is because of the people Reid doesn’t mention — people like Tom Steyer, the billionaire who’s funding the Democrats this cycle, or Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire who is funding Republicans but who can kneecap Reid in his home state of Nevada.

This is a scream of impotence, in more ways than one. First, SJ-19 has no more chance of passing out of Congress than does a bill amending the Constitution to forbid abortion. It takes two-thirds of both chambers of Congress (Article V) to send an amendment to state legislatures, and Reid won’t get to 60 in the Senate. The House won’t address it at all. Furthermore, it’s doubtful that even a majority of state legislatures would take it up; more of them are Republican than Democrat, and they’ve seen the malicious prosecution that results when putting this much power in the hands of partisans in the executive branch. Wisconsin just provided an excellent example of that.

So this is just cheap political theater in an attempt to demonize two particular donors who just happen to oppose Reid’s agenda. Democrats are about to climb onto that bandwagon that proclaims that Americans can’t be trusted to discern political arguments and that the governing class should decide who gets to participate in politics. If that’s the only strategy Reid has left for the midterms, well … Democrats are in bigger trouble than we realized.

By the way, when did Reid become such a big fan of amendments?

Update: Giving us a preview of the target practice Reid and his cohort will provide Republicans is Orrin Hatch:

“How ironic that Senate Democrats are using the platform of the ‘world’s greatest deliberative body’ to seek to undermine the First Amendment free speech rights of other Americans with whom they disagree.  As I outlined in a speech on the Senate floor last week, the White House and its Democrat allies in Congress have launched a concerted effort to stifle speech and trample on one of the most fundamental rights that Americans possess.  Not only is such an effort offensive to the natural and constitutional rights all Americans cherish, it is also a transparent political ploy.  Democrats are simply seeking to distract from their failure to address the real issues facing our country, like our sluggish economy and the President’s disastrous health care law.  It is truly a shame that Democrats would attack our most important freedoms in seeking to avoid accountability for their poor leadership.”

Well, distraction is easier when you can muzzle the people who would otherwise point it out.


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It’s not just a stunt, they believe all of it and are emboldened by the actions of Dog Eater and the non-response from the GOP.

Bishop on May 15, 2014 at 10:45 AM

IF you like ‘hate crimes’ law, you are going to love ‘hate speech’ laws.

Joseph OHenry on May 15, 2014 at 10:46 AM

… which makes it sound as though the amendment would be titled The Koch Brothers Are So Un-American That I Have Lost My Mind Act:

heh.

You should see some of the comments I’m seeing on Facebook from the brainwashed left. Koch this, Koch that….

They’re goose stepping right along to the tune that Harry Reid is whistling.

They will be quite happy to see restrictions on the right to free speech.

UltimateBob on May 15, 2014 at 10:48 AM

The Supreme Court has equated money with speech, so the more money you have, he more speech you get, and the more influence in our democracy. That is wrong.

OK, Harry. I expect you to renounce any campaign donations you receive from wealthy folks.

That’ll happen when pigs fly.

Bitter Clinger on May 15, 2014 at 10:48 AM

The new Dem talking point, “you are un-American if you don’t believe their lies”.

Tater Salad on May 15, 2014 at 10:49 AM

So this is how they are going to get Cousin Pukey off the couch on election day? I’m not seeing it. They are going to have to be more specific in their description of the disenfranchised.

Cindy Munford on May 15, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Ask Mark Steyn about hate speech laws.

Tater Salad on May 15, 2014 at 10:50 AM

I don’t know, I think old Harry is really off his rocker…

sandee on May 15, 2014 at 10:51 AM

So this is how they are going to get Cousin Pukey off the couch on election day? I’m not seeing it. They are going to have to be more specific in their description of the disenfranchised.

Cindy Munford on May 15, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Doesn’t Cousin Pukey work for a Koch Industries company?

Tater Salad on May 15, 2014 at 10:51 AM

One would “hope” that there is a possibility that – given enough “freedom rope” – this fecal little moron reid and his colleagues will hang themselves before it is too late….

RL on May 15, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Disinformation as invented as a powerful tool by the KGB

Reid and obama have co-opted and perfected it.

I wish them both the same (political) demise.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Where is the 9/11 museum opening thread?

Why is GWB not at the ceremonies?

Why does Hillary and Bill sit there, along with deBlasio, the communist?

Why is so much wrong with the land?

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Good ol’ Harry Koch.

22044 on May 15, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Museum opening…9/11/2001

No day shall erase you from the memory of time

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2014 at 10:54 AM

I’m shocked, shocked I tell you, who could have possibly seen this coming.

oscarwilde on May 15, 2014 at 10:54 AM

What happens when you combine 1984 and Rules for Radicals, you get the current Democratic party.

Sven on May 15, 2014 at 10:56 AM

I think the new share buttons should be made bigger.

p0s3r on May 15, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Here’s hoping that AP will make a 9/11 thread. He was there.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Tater Salad on May 15, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Probably but he is unaware. Cousin Pokey is not the sharpest tack in the box.

Cindy Munford on May 15, 2014 at 10:56 AM

How is it that the dems cry ‘law of the land’ and ‘the supreme court already decided this’ when the ACA is mentioned, but when they’ve ruled on citizens united, they want to change the law…

Oh, wait…

Idiots.

rightside on May 15, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2014 at 10:56 AM

He lost a cousin didn’t he? I heard last night that the first days where for the 9/11 community only.

Cindy Munford on May 15, 2014 at 10:58 AM

oscarwilde on May 15, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Dorian!

rightside on May 15, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Karma will get Harry Reid and obama, no doubt whatsoever.

A lady who lost her Veteran husband to the VA fiasco said “He’d have gotten better treatment at the veterinary hospital”.

A CiC who confuses corpse with corps is not erudite, but rather a dummy who reached his level of idiocy a long time ago, but was catapulted higher, by hue alone.

The USA deserves all she got. Self-made destruction must be punished.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Dorian!

rightside on May 15, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Shhhhhhh…. I know not this dorian person you speak of… ;)

oscarwilde on May 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM

OK, Harry. I expect you to renounce any campaign donations you receive from wealthy folks.

That’ll happen when pigs fly.

Bitter Clinger on May 15, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Not only those “wealthy” donors, but also unions…

ladyingray on May 15, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Bush was invited to the ceremony, but had a previous commitment..Probably didn’t want to be part of the Circus…

sandee on May 15, 2014 at 11:03 AM

100% tax rate on all earnings above their salaries for each and every Representative and Senator.

ConstantineXI on May 15, 2014 at 11:04 AM

I think the new share buttons should be made bigger.

p0s3r on May 15, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Hahaha. And I thought it was just me, since I recently switched browsers from Firefox to Iron.

UltimateBob on May 15, 2014 at 11:05 AM

“. . . fundamentally change America.”

Yep.

TimBuk3 on May 15, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Just give it a rest with the constant grievance politics.

libfreeordie on May 15, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Sorry rogerb. Too good to pass up.

HumpBot Salvation on May 15, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Somewhere, some polling organization must be raking in more dough than the Koch Brothers by selling Reid the survey data that’s convinced him that this is the way for Dems to save the Senate.

Because I’m not coming up with any rational explanation for these incessant Koch attacks and this ridiculous drive to amend the First, except that it’s expected to motivate some fringe voting bloc or another– or the base– to turn out this November.

Or, maybe it’s just what it looks like: certifiable insanity.

de rigueur on May 15, 2014 at 11:08 AM

First, SJ-19 has no more chance of passing out of Congress than does a bill amending the Constitution to forbid abortion.

never assume.
you can laugh about it all you want but at same time should be fighting this.

dmacleo on May 15, 2014 at 11:10 AM

You should see some of the comments I’m seeing on Facebook from the brainwashed left. Koch this, Koch that….

They’re goose stepping right along to the tune that Harry Reid is whistling.

They will be quite happy to see restrictions on the right to free speech.

UltimateBob on May 15, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Yeah, I think it’s a mistake for people to simply point at Reid and laugh at this wacky old dude and his kockspiracy delusion – great, sweaty swathes of the leftist voters out there are right there with him.

Midas on May 15, 2014 at 11:10 AM

sandee on May 15, 2014 at 11:03 AM

I can see him getting a private tour, just like his closed meetings with the families when it happened. I doubt he wants to be made into the story.

Cindy Munford on May 15, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Funny, the spellchecker wants “delusional” instead of deBlasio.

Smart!

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2014 at 11:11 AM

First, SJ-19 has no more chance of passing out of Congress than does a bill amending the Constitution to forbid abortion.

As I recall, people were saying similar things about the patently insane notion that the federal government could ever pass a law requiring people to buy something they didn’t want…

Midas on May 15, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Gee, I thought the Constitution specifically forbids “bills of attainder,”

The Constitution, specifically the 1st Amendment, also specifically forbids Congress from passing any law regarding free speech, redress of grievance, or to protest peaceablly. It may be positioned as a constitutional amendment, but it fits “law” under terms of how congress works.

William Teach on May 15, 2014 at 11:12 AM

I’m still indignant about 9/11, and will always be.

That a huge area of sand was not made into glass is the biggest insult, right after the fact that an absolute goat made it into the presidency, only 7 years after.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Its a pity a couple of billionaires couldn’t find a spare million or two to invest in a fact-finding mission about a certain Senator’s alleged perverted and illegal sexual proclivities- or even just a few hundred thousand in order to let some sunshine in on his interesting method of acquiring wealth while in the Senate.

Dolce Far Niente on May 15, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Yet the GOP says nothing about George Soros, who as a youth ratted on his fellow Jews to the Nazis. The GOP establishment is so stupid and cowardly.

bw222 on May 15, 2014 at 11:14 AM

The Constitution, specifically the 1st Amendment, also specifically forbids Congress from passing any law regarding free speech, redress of grievance, or to protest peaceablly. It may be positioned as a constitutional amendment, but it fits “law” under terms of how congress works.

William Teach on May 15, 2014 at 11:12 AM

What Constitution? Since when has that outdated old dusty document written by racist old white men dictated what congress or the Judiciary decreed?

oscarwilde on May 15, 2014 at 11:14 AM

So glad Harry Reid and the democrats are taking on the important issues of the day. One that will help the middle class and help create a climate for job creation in the US.

Oh wait, the Koch brothers have done more to help the middle class and create jobs than the democrats. What a shocker.

HumpBot Salvation on May 15, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Ahem, the KGB never died. One of its illustrious officers now rules Russia, if I’m not mistaken.

TXUS on May 15, 2014 at 11:15 AM

WTF is wrong with you Nevada?

Murphy9 on May 15, 2014 at 11:15 AM

I think the new share buttons should be made bigger.

p0s3r on May 15, 2014 at 10:56 AM

+100

Ridiculous, isn’t it?

portlandon on May 15, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Has anyone raised the issue of the millions that Democrat (well, backer of Democrats) George Soros has put into Secretary of State races – why? Any cheating going on? According to the Democrats, “nothing here, move on” but there is something there and MN knows full well.

Current SOS Mark Richie was the first “winner” in the Soros sweepstakes. IF Dem Harry wants to go after something, why not George?

MN J on May 15, 2014 at 11:17 AM

The situation in this country gets worse by the day hour…

PatriotRider on May 15, 2014 at 11:19 AM

WTF is wrong with you Nevada?

Murphy9 on May 15, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Same thing that’s wrong with most every state; we all continue to a) bitch that politicians are reprehensible scum, and b) send them back into office anyway.

That the incumbency re-election rate is as high as it is is shameful – to all of us.

But yeah, some are more egregious than others.

WTF is wrong with you Nevada? :)

Midas on May 15, 2014 at 11:19 AM

…so the more money you have, he more speech you get, and the more influence in our democracy.

Well then that explains the success that Fat Mike Bloomberg has had, spending MILLIONS on his version of ‘illegal gun’ control.

Reid is a senile old fool. Hopefully, he’ll keep it up and remind people why they shouldn’t elect or re-elect any Democratic Senators.

GarandFan on May 15, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Tyrants dead and living would be proud of what’s going on here in the US…

PatriotRider on May 15, 2014 at 11:20 AM

The day it all comes crashing down cannot come soon enough…

PatriotRider on May 15, 2014 at 11:21 AM

…and when that day arrives, politicians of all stripes will not be able to show themselves in public…

PatriotRider on May 15, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Until these people pay personal prices for this sort of politics, they won’t stop.

MTF on May 15, 2014 at 11:25 AM

The House won’t address it at all.

I hope this isn’t the case. Boehner should let it go to the floor and let the Democrats line up to vote to amend the First Amendment. That’ll sound good in political ads.

LukeinNE on May 15, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Dorian!

rightside on May 15, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Shhhhhhh…. I know not this dorian person you speak of… ;)

oscarwilde on May 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM

I was there too.

VegasRick on May 15, 2014 at 11:34 AM

WTF is wrong with you Nevada?

Murphy9 on May 15, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Murph: I hauled a load between LV and Reno a few years ago. Coming into a little town, I think it was Goldfield, I saw a billboard that read:

” Will Rogers said he never met a man he didn’t like.
Obviously he never met Harry Reid”

Fred

jrsrigmvr on May 15, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Shhhhhhh…. I know not this dorian person you speak of… ;)

oscarwilde on May 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM

How goes it, old friend?? :)

hollygolightly on May 15, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Murph: I hauled a load between LV and Reno a few years ago. Coming into a little town, I think it was Goldfield, I saw a billboard that read:

” Will Rogers said he never met a man he didn’t like.
Obviously he never met Harry Reid”

Fred

jrsrigmvr on May 15, 2014 at 11:37 AM

The unions and illegals ruined this city.

VegasRick on May 15, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Why are you guys so dang eager to ensure that our gov’t is completely run by money?

Do you really think the founding fathers would have wanted a system run by a handful of billionaires?

everdiso on May 15, 2014 at 11:41 AM

These Democrats are absolutely lawless. Who will stop them? Reid is absolutely thumbing his nose at the Constitution. These Dems would love to be a new empire,or a dictatorship.

neyney on May 15, 2014 at 11:41 AM

We need a concerted effort to make the old coot fall apart.

We need video of the guy rolling his marbles and claiming the Kochs stole his ice cream. We want the guy prostrate on the floor chewing the carpet.

JEM on May 15, 2014 at 11:44 AM

The House won’t address it at all.

I hope this isn’t the case. Boehner should let it go to the floor and let the Democrats line up to vote to amend the First Amendment. That’ll sound good in political ads.

LukeinNE on May 15, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Great idea. Let the House hold the big publicized debate on the Democrats’ desire to restrict freedom of speech that the Senate won’t have. Great opportunity to tie it in with the IRS scandal, too. Lois Lerner as the Poster Girl for this bill. Ask if Sen. Levin is one of the sponsors of this bill. Hammer home the theme that the Democratic Party is the Party That Wants to Shut You Up.

Then kill the thing by an overwhelming (and very likely bipartisan) vote on the House floor.

de rigueur on May 15, 2014 at 11:47 AM

“In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.”

– by Martin Niemöller, prominent German anti-Nazi theologian and Lutheran pastor, best known as the author of the poem First they came….

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Why are you guys so dang eager to ensure that our gov’t is completely run by money?

Do you really think the founding fathers would have wanted a system run by a handful of billionaires?

everdiso on May 15, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Why do you constantly post things that make no sense?

VegasRick on May 15, 2014 at 11:49 AM

everpisso, Reid loves billionaire dough…see Hollywood and Steyer.

Reid only hates Koch brothers’ dough, and the dough which doesn’t go into leftist coffers. When you fight against all such, you have credibility. Until then, back to your rat-latrine.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Do you really think the founding fathers would have wanted a system run by a handful of billionaires?

everdiso on May 15, 2014 at 11:41 AM

You’re right. They’d have strung up Soros and Bloomberg faster than you can say George the Third.

de rigueur on May 15, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Actually guys… we should call his bluff and see if he’s really willing to do it.

because the democrats rely on big donors if anything more then the republicans rely upon them. Make it clear that the amendment would cut off all the money from big donors and I say “deal.”

Karmashock on May 15, 2014 at 11:56 AM

But the flood of special interest money into our American democracy Republican Party is one of the greatest threats our system of government Democrat Party Rule has ever faced. Let’s keep our elections from becoming speculative ventures for the wealthy people and put a stop to the hostile takeover of our democratic Democrat Party ruling system by a couple of billionaire oil barons million people.”

I do believe this is what he meant to say.

NOMOBO on May 15, 2014 at 11:59 AM

The situation in this country gets worse by the day hourminute…

PatriotRider on May 15, 2014 at 11:19 AM

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2014 at 12:03 PM

calling a white person a ‘racist’ is the functional, moral, and political equivalent of calling a black person a ‘nigger’…….either both are equally potent forms of inciteful hate speech or both are equally acceptable under the law……………there is no place in the Constitution where it says only white people commit hate speech and only nonwhite people can define what is hate speech and what isn’t

clandestine on May 15, 2014 at 12:06 PM

everpisso, Reid loves billionaire dough…see Hollywood and Steyer.

Reid only hates Koch brothers’ dough, and the dough which doesn’t go into leftist coffers. When you fight against all such, you have credibility. Until then, back to your rat-latrine.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2014 at 11:50 AM

No doubt.

But this bill would limit his access to billionaire dough all the same.

everdiso on May 15, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Bwahahahaha

Declaration of Independence 1776

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass (sic) our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation.

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments

In the eyes of Harry Reid, free men and women standing up against the tyranny of an overreaching government is equivalent to terrorism.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on May 15, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Even disregarding ideology for a moment.

Isn´t it interesting that two neighboring states, that have a good percentage of sane, conservative / libertarian individuals living in them, keep electing ancient, useless LUNATICS to be their Senators? And that both would introduce similar legislation to limit free speech and freedom of association?

At least though McCain´s wife is rich enough that he doesn´t have to be as corrupt as Hairy Reed (spelling intentional) and get involved in all kinds of crooked land and money deals.

But the idiocy of both sure harm this nation.

Do us a favor, Arizona and Nevada: Recall these ‘rubber-room’ candidates before they destroy the nation even further.

LegendHasIt on May 15, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Why are you guys so dang eager to ensure that our gov’t is completely run by money?

everdiso on May 15, 2014 at 11:41 AM

The same people who are asking to get money out of politics wants to raise taxes and increase the size, scope and power of government such that it attracts money to politics because the potential gains from special favors from this overgrown government can be immense. The typical return on investment of a politician bribes is about 50 to 1 or higher.

If you really were concerned with money in politics, then you would want to reduce the size, scope and power of the government, such that sending money to politicians would gain you nothing. The return on investment under this scenario would be 0 to 1.

astonerii on May 15, 2014 at 12:17 PM

So I take it this bill would ban union money and money from millionaires in Hollywood? No? The duece you say.

HumpBot Salvation on May 15, 2014 at 12:17 PM

But this bill would limit his access to billionaire dough all the same.

everdiso on May 15, 2014 at 12:10 PM

This bill has as much a chance as going somewhere as does the elimination of obama’care’ at this time.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2014 at 12:18 PM

LegendHasIt on May 15, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Winner! The land is the loser.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2014 at 12:19 PM

This bill has as much a chance as of going somewhere

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2014 at 12:20 PM

No doubt.

But this bill would limit his access to billionaire dough all the same.

everdiso on May 15, 2014 at 12:10 PM

No it would not. It would leave open the revolving doors of the incestuous union money. Also note that the Democrats pervert every aspect of government such that it ignores democrat illegal activities and targets conservative legal activities.
IRS EPA …

astonerii on May 15, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Do us a favor, Arizona and Nevada: Recall these ‘rubber-room’ candidates before they destroy the nation even further.

LegendHasIt on May 15, 2014 at 12:13 PM

I’ve been in Vegas almost 40 years and I remember when we were fiercely independent. Too many california transfers, unions and illegals to be that way now. Some of us do try though.

VegasRick on May 15, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Focus on this, Harry

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Harry, include progressive donors and unions, and we can talk about your bill…………well, no, we can’t.

Techster64 on May 15, 2014 at 12:37 PM

No doubt.

But this bill would limit his access to billionaire dough all the same.

everdiso on May 15, 2014 at 12:10 PM

No it would not. It would leave open the revolving doors of the incestuous union money. Also note that the Democrats pervert every aspect of government such that it ignores democrat illegal activities and targets conservative legal activities.
IRS EPA …

astonerii on May 15, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Meh, certain billionaires would simply find a way around any such limiting bills and some probably actually have a hand in providing advice on crafting such legislation and make it more apt to stifle the activities of those with fewer financial resources to commit to political activity.

hawkeye54 on May 15, 2014 at 12:45 PM

While I’d kinda like the idea of getting money out of politics….

I’d rather get politicians out of politics.

Can we get some statesmen and leaders instead of would-be despots and money grubbing whores?

LegendHasIt on May 15, 2014 at 12:53 PM

distraction is easier when you can muzzle the people who would otherwise point it out.

I give you plenty of criticism Ed, but on this one you nailed it.

earlgrey on May 15, 2014 at 1:08 PM

And the Syphilis ate into his brain.

When there is a republican congress and POTUS free speech and the filibuster will be back for the fascist democrat party. Decent will again be the highest form of patriotism.

jukin3 on May 15, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Stupid question, but honestly does anyone listen to Harry Reid anymore?

COgirl on May 15, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Shut off the money spigot from George Soros and see what Dirty Harry has to say about that!

RebeccaH on May 15, 2014 at 1:48 PM

This is a scream of impotence, in more ways than one. First, SJ-19 has no more chance of passing out of Congress than does a bill amending the Constitution to forbid abortion.

Solution:

Executive.
Order.

socalcon on May 15, 2014 at 2:11 PM

This is a scream of impotence, in more ways than one. First, SJ-19 has no more chance of passing out of Congress than does a bill amending the Constitution to forbid abortion. It takes two-thirds of both chambers of Congress (Article V) to send an amendment to state legislatures, and Reid won’t get to 60 in the Senate. The House won’t address it at all. Furthermore, it’s doubtful that even a majority of state legislatures would take it up; more of them are Republican than Democrat, and they’ve seen the malicious prosecution that results when putting this much power in the hands of partisans in the executive branch.

Want to bet? The proposed amendment has 40 cosponsors, which if my math is right is over 70% of the ‘Rat caucus. The version of McCain-Feingold that eventually became law came out of a “Republican” Congress, was signed by a “Republican” President, and before Rehnquist and O’Connor left SCOTUS, was initially declared “Constitutional” by a “conservative” SCOTUS.

Steve Eggleston on May 15, 2014 at 5:38 PM

The version of McCain-Feingold that eventually became law came out of a “Republican” Congress, was signed by a “Republican” President, and before Rehnquist and O’Connor left SCOTUS, was initially declared “Constitutional” by a “conservative” SCOTUS.

Steve Eggleston on May 15, 2014 at 5:38 PM

And Nixon invented the EPA.
Remind me again why we have TWO political parties?

Repeal McCain-Feingold and every other limiting statute on free speech in elections.
Eliminate the tax disparities of political vs “non-political” organizations (eliminate business taxes altogether, while you’re at it).

AesopFan on May 15, 2014 at 11:22 PM

If Harry were honest he would say “We want to have ONLY liberal speech, anything that does not follow that line favorably is outlawed”. Harry is obviously not honest. His idea will never make 2/3 of the States so no worry.

namvet6869 on May 16, 2014 at 7:57 AM

Shut off the money spigot from George Soros and see what Dirty Harry has to say about that!

RebeccaH on May 15, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Harry isn’t talking about Soros or Styers, only the Koch Brothers. He wants to have the liberals do as they please.

namvet6869 on May 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Just a minor point on “limit political speech for the first time since the Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution.” That would have been the “Alien and Sedition Acts” signed by President John Adams. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance, and even the best of men have tried to suppress opposing voices when they themselves were in power.

The irony in this was that the act caused massive support for the Democratic Republican Party which eventually mutated into the party of Obama and Harry Reid, who now act more like Adams than Jefferson.

tzor on May 16, 2014 at 11:08 AM

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