The First Amendment allows too much speech of the wrong sort..?

“‘The president was not suggesting any illegality,’ insisted White House Counsel Bob Bauer. In other words, when Obama said ‘one of the largest groups paying for these ads regularly takes in money from foreign sources,’ he was not implying any connection between the ads and the money. He was just stringing sounds together randomly. … [I]t is of a piece with his frequent complaints that the First Amendment allows too much speech of the wrong sort. ‘If we just stand by and allow the special interests to silence anybody who’s got the guts to stand up to them,’ Obama said in his Maryland speech, ‘our country is going to be a very different place.’ What the ‘special interests’ are actually doing is speaking, and the president regrets that they have the freedom to do so. Who wants to silence whom?” –columnist Jacob Sullum

“We have a lousy Supreme Court decision that has opened up the floodgates, and so we have to deal within the realm of constitutionality. And a lot of the campaign finance bills that we have passed have been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. I think the Constitution is wrong. [emphasis added] I don’t think that money is the same thing as human beings. I don’t think money equals free speech. I don’t think corporations should have the same equality as a regular voter in this district.” –Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) on campaign-finance regulation and the January U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission

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Democrats are in such dire straits headed into November’s elections that they’re resorting to outlandish fear mongering about foreign money influencing the campaign via the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which represents 300,000 American businesses. Considering the Democrats’ record of cap ‘n’ tax legislation, financial sector regulations and the takeover of one-sixth of the U.S. economy, it’s no wonder they’re focusing on a non-issue such as the Chamber.

After a leftist blog reported that the Chamber had received $300,000 in annual dues from foreign companies, the Democrat National Committee ran an ad that warned, “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce. They’re shills for big business. And they’re stealing our democracy, spending millions from secret donors to elect Republicans to do their bidding in Congress. It appears they even have taken secret foreign money to influence our elections. It’s incredible: Republicans benefiting from secret foreign money. Tell the Bush crowd and the Chamber of Commerce: Stop stealing our democracy!” And here we thought we lived in a republic.

CBS anchor Bob Schieffer played the ad for White House adviser David Axelrod and then asked, “If the only charge three weeks [before] the election that the Democrats have to make is that somehow this may or may not be foreign money coming into the campaign, is that the best you can do?” Yes, Bob, it is. Furthermore, Democrats have a long history of blaming opponents for engaging in all the dastardly practices they themselves have done for decades, a tactic right out of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” (“pick a target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it”). Foreign money has been flowing to Democrat coffers, especially labor unions, for many election cycles. Yet the White House indicates that it will continue this theme for the next few weeks.

For the Chamber of Commerce to use foreign funds to pay for campaign ads would be a crime. Obama knows this, though it doesn’t stop him from calling the Chamber’s latest free-market advocacy campaign a “threat to democracy.” Joe Biden challenged the Chamber to “tell us how much of the money they’re investing is from foreign sources.” “None,” would be the answer. Even the “fake but accurate” New York Times reports, “[A] closer examination shows that there is little evidence that what the chamber does in collecting overseas dues is improper or even unusual, according to both liberal and conservative election-law lawyers and campaign finance documents.”

Ever since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC ruling overturned parts of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, Democrats have been looking for ways to repeal the First Amendment for businesses, and publicly demonizing the Chamber of Commerce and other faceless corporations is the first step. Whether it’s this pathetic episode, or Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) ordering investigations into tax-exempt groups for political activities, or Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius threatening “zero tolerance” for health insurance companies blaming ObamaCare for increasing premium rates, Democrats have a plan. And there’s little “democratic” about it.


This is the best that the epic failure obama and crew can do..?

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