When Nancy Pelosi Speaks…
Something idiotic is bound to come out of her cosmetically stretched and plumped pie hole.
Case in point: “Amend the First Amendment”:
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 First Amendment says in part: “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…”
Television networks, newspapers, publishing houses, movie studios and think tanks, as well as political action committees, are usually organized as, or elements of, corporations.
Pelosi said the Democrats’ effort to amend the Constitution is part of a three-pronged strategy that also includes promoting the DISCLOSE Act, which would increase disclosure requirements for organizations running political ads, and “reducing the roll of money in campaigns” (which some Democrats have said can be done through taxpayer funding of campaigns).
The constitutional amendment the Democrats seek would reverse the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. In that decision the court said that the First Amendment protects a right of free speech for corporations as well as for individuals, and that corporations (including those that produce newspapers, films and books) have a right to speak about politicians and their records just as individuals do.
“We have a clear agenda in this regard: Disclose, reform the system reducing the roll of money in campaigns, and amend the Constitution to rid it of this ability for special interests to use secret, unlimited, huge amounts of money flowing to campaigns,” Pelosi said at her Thursday press briefing.
— Or, in other words, everyone who wants a say in the political process will have to disclose who they are so that the political class knows who to target for intimidation, either by attacking them as private citizens (eg., the Koch brothers), by way of the IRS (eg., TEA Party groups), or with “boycotts” and shakedowns of the kinds perfected by Jesse Jackson and other race hustlers. Exempt as “predators” and guiltless in the oozing of slime? Unions, NGOs, and other Democrat donors, if I had to guess.
“I think one of the presenters [at a Democratic forum on amending the Constitution] yesterday said that the Supreme Court had unleashed a predator that was oozing slime into the political system, and that, indeed, is not an exaggeration,” said Pelosi. “Our Founders had an idea. It was called democracy. It said elections are determined by the people, the voice and the vote of the people, not by the bankrolls of the privileged few. This Supreme Court decision flies in the face of our Founders’ vision and we want to reverse it.”
Progressives love the Court — and consider its rulings sacrosanct — unless the Court rules against them. At which point, Court rulings are illegitimate affronts to the “democracy” our “Founders” are supposed to have championed.
I look forward to this effort. Because I suspect plenty of anti-abortion groups will be watching closely this (politicized) effort to take on SCOTUS with an eye toward how they’ll likely proceed going forward.
Not to mention, I can see a GOP Congress, along with a coalition of GOP governors, moving to amend the Constitution to narrow the scope of the Commerce Clause — and in so doing, to reverse the leftist slant of government managed by the progressives in one glorious 3/4 vote of the put-upon states.