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Bloviating Zeppelin: Socialist Bernie Sanders and Nancy Pelosi: Remake the First Amendment

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Socialist Bernie Sanders and Nancy Pelosi: Remake the First Amendment



Decreed and proudly Socialist US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-DS -Vt) is in complete agreement with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

From CNSNews.com:

(CNSNews.com) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday endorsed a movement announced by other congressional Democrats on Wednesday to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would allow Congress to regulate political speech when it is engaged in by corporations as opposed to individuals.

The Leftists are clearly insane on this matter. Continuing, from CNSNews:

In 2009, when the Supreme Court first heard oral arguments in the Citizens United case, Deputy Solicitor General Malcolm Stewart told the court that the administration believed the Constitution allowed the government to ban a corporation from using its general treasury funds to publish a book if the book advocated voting for something.

"Take my hypothetical," Chief Justice John Roberts said to Stewart as he asked him about what kind of books the Obama administration believed it could constitutionally ban, "... This [book] is a discussion of the American political system, and at the end it says: Vote for X."

"Yes," said Deputy Solicitor General Stewart, "our position would be that the corporation would be required to use PAC funds rather than general treasury funds."

Roberts followed up: "And if they didn't, you could ban it?"

"If they didn't, we could prohibit the publication of the book using corporate treasury funds," Stewart answered.

Read that again, if you will. Then take a moment or two to realize the monumental and unprecedented slashing of your freedom of speech that would occur should the Leftists actually acquire this goal.

And Chief Justice Roberts properly wrote in his concurring opinion in re Citizen United v. FEC:
The government urges us in this case to uphold a direct prohibition on political speech," wrote Roberts. "It asks us to embrace a theory of the First Amendment that would allow censorship not only of television and radio broadcasts, but of pamphlets, posters, the Internet, and virtually any other medium that corporations and unions might find useful in expressing their views on matters of public concerns."

This proposal or amendment wants to do away with the freedom of speech for, essentially, every venue except the individual citizen. That is to say, corporations would lose their freedom of political speech.

At first blush, those evil corporations deserve to be censored, do they not?

Except that corporations own book publishing companies. Corporations own newpapers. Corporations own television and cable news outlets. Corporations own internet sites operated in an adjunct fashion to their companies. Corporations own most every communications venue except individual blogs. Like mine. Like yours. Blogs like mine and yours depend on a massive number of CORPORATE news sources in order to sift and aggregate what we believe is actually happening in our nation and the world.

Because -- I *sigh* at having to state the obvious -- if Corporations didn't own the host of media venues then the Government WOULD. There is no "third alternative."

The NationalReviewOnline weighs correctly in:

The phrase “stunning development” is used far too often in our politics, but here is an item that can be described in no other way: Nancy Pelosi and congressional Democrats, frustrated by the fact that the Bill of Rights interferes with their desire to muzzle their political opponents, have proposed to repeal the First Amendment.

That is precisely what the so-called People’s Rights Amendment would do. If this amendment were to be enacted, the cardinal rights protected by the First Amendment — free speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, freedom to petition the government for redress of grievances — would be redefined and reduced to the point of unrecognizability. The amendment would hold that the rights protected by the Constitution are enjoyed only by individuals acting individually; individuals acting in collaboration with others would be stripped of those rights.

In conclusion:
Nancy Pelosi proposes to amend the Constitution the way the iceberg amended the Titanic. The First Amendment has served us well. Nancy Pelosi has not, but she has led her Democrats to a disturbing place in their quest to secure power, even at the cost of cashing in the Bill of Rights.
  • Conservatives wish to expand personal rights and diminish government power.
  • Leftists wish to diminish your personal rights and expand government power.
Simple as that.

BZ


P.S.

And MINORITY House of Representatives Leader Nancy Pelosi said, in re Americans not paying income taxes: “I wish they would earn more so they can pay more."

So "they can PAY MORE."

Because, after all, government spends what it currently receives SO EFFICIENTLY.

This is simply insanity built upon insanity and buttressed by insanity. How I and other clear-thinking individuals envision Ms Pelosi:

Applauding for the elimination of your rights as lawful, sovereign, natural-born Americans.

10 Comments:

Blogger Rita said...

HOLY SMOKES! I had only a vague idea of what Citizens United vs FEC was about. I had no freaking clue that the government's side was saying that they could ban a book published by a corporation if it advocated voting for someone.

That concept is extremely frightening.

Tue Apr 24, 03:46:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Rita: you BET it is, because THAT is the extent to which the Leftists want to remove your freedom!

BZ

Tue Apr 24, 07:27:00 AM PDT  
Blogger TexasFred said...

BZ, is anyone running against Pelosi this election cycle?? Would they stand a chance if they did?

That old bitch is seriously delusional...

Tue Apr 24, 11:24:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Liberalmann said...

Yeah, let's keep secret, unlimited donations by corporations, even those with foreign ties and assets to continue to erode our democracy.

Tue Apr 24, 02:32:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Lib: agreed, because I will NOT give up my First Amendment freedoms. And I won't hamstring corporations. Like newspapers, magazines, the internet, PACs on BOTH sides of the aisle -- every bit as applicable to LEFTISTS as Conservatives.

TF: John Dennis is running against Pelosi in her SF district. Dennis is a large supporter and believer in Ron Paul, running on ending the Federal Reserve, liberty, freedom, no bailouts, the restoration of our privacy. I'd vote for him. Can't.

He's a registered Republican but is more Libertarian than anything else.

BZ

Tue Apr 24, 03:25:00 PM PDT  
Blogger TexasFred said...

Well, I don't know that a Libertarian is any better than a Libber, the Libertarians have done more to bastardize the word LIBERTY than help it...

Free dope, ALL kinds? That's their biggest issue? After that, abortion? Well, OK, it's YOUR baby, go ahead and murder it...

Libertarians and Libs, it ALL starts with LIB...

Tue Apr 24, 03:54:00 PM PDT  
Blogger mrchuck said...

Pelosi is sick, delusional, probably from untreated venereal diseases that have finally caught up with her.
Bwahaaaaa

Tue Apr 24, 03:56:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Ralph Roland said...

She makes me sick everytime I see this hag!!! Hopefully she will be gone next cycle.. She has lost her grip with reality!!!

Tue Apr 24, 05:45:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Catherine Moore-Barry said...

Lib must be talking about Obama. He wallows in offshore cash.

Tue Apr 24, 07:03:00 PM PDT  
Blogger ∞ ≠ ø said...

Pelosi is a product of her constituency. California's 8th Congressional district is the second smallest in the country. The smallest is New York's 15th Congressional district, home of Columbia University. Guess who represents that freak show....
Yep. Charlie Rangal. From the looks of the voting record, neither has to bother campaigning. It's in the bag.

I think campaign finance reform is essential. Looking at Catherine's comment I am forced (because I'm still bitter) to exhibit this: http://www.keepinggophonest.com/tax-returns-the-record-on-transparency?source=ttw They're going to eat Romney alive on this. But Catherine is right that Obama has secured comparatively unlimited resources. He has done this in part the same way Clinton did, by pleasing our enemies.

One note: Readers should make themselves aware of the real story behind the Gingrich ethics 'scandal'. If you take your time with it, you will find that this is exactly the same thing.

See Renewing American Civilization and Kennesaw State University. Yes, it was all over published materials for a college course which was non partisan and supported no candidates.

Tue Apr 24, 10:00:00 PM PDT  

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