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McConnell On Obama’s Call For Amending 1st Amendment: “It’s An Act Of Genuine Radicalism”

Last week, The Daily Caller reported, “President Barack Obama used the online springboard provided by Reddit to . . . call for a constitutional amendment to curb the free-speech of wealthier people and corporations. ‘I think we need to seriously consider mobilizing a constitutional amendment process to overturn Citizens United. … Even if the amendment process falls short, it can shine a spotlight of the super PAC phenomenon and help apply pressure for change,’ Obama said . . . .”

 

And today, the recently approved Democratic Party Platform states, “We support campaign finance reform, by constitutional amendment if necessary.”

 

In an interview with The Daily Caller on Thursday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell blasted Democrats’ desires to amend the First Amendment. “‘It’s an act of genuine radicalism,’ McConnell said when asked about his reaction to the president’s statement. ‘We haven’t amended the First Amendment in 235 years. The First Amendment is the core of not only freedom of religion, freedom to petition the government, and the rest, but most important, freedom of speech,’ McConnell said. ‘And when the founders were thinking of freedom of speech, they were thinking of political speech.’ ‘What the president’s really upset with is the fact that there are a lot of voices out there who’ve gotten organized and don’t like what he’s doing,’ McConnell continued. ‘And so what he wants to try to do is carve a niche out of the First Amendment to give the government, itself the power to determine who speaks and who doesn’t.’”

 

It’s amazing that Democrats, with President Obama taking the lead, are now running on the idea that the First Amendment needs to be changed. It appears that the First Amendment’s protection of political speech, which the Founders considered essential, is simply too broad in the eyes of today’s Democrat Party.

 

As Leader McConnell told The Daily Caller, “[I]t’s genuinely radical to think that you would actually amend the United States Constitution in order to give the government itself the power to determine who speaks and who doesn’t.”

 

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog.Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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