Here’s one to keep an eye on… an attempt to gut and overturn the First Amendment with a “hey, we’re only trying to address this…” while the hand behind their back has a much more expansive agenda or, at least, a boatload of unintended consequences (whether you want to believe supporters are evil or stupid—your choice).
From Zac Morgan at National Review Online: “Does Religious Speech Threaten Democracy?”
The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday approved by a 10–8 vote a constitutional amendment that, if passed, would functionally eliminate the political rights of speech and association. While the committee made the language more succinct than in its original iteration, the law still poses a profound threat to fundamental liberties.
For instance, Congress probably would have the power to ban religious sermons and church literature.
Section 1 of the amendment permits Congress and the states to “advance democratic self-government” — whatever that means — “and political equality” by “regulat[ing] and set[ting] reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections.”
Section 2 specifically permits the federal and state governments to “distinguish between natural persons and corporations or other artificial entities created by law, including prohibiting such entities from spending money to influence elections.”
And section 3 — in a perfect demonstration that the eight Judiciary Committee members who are lawyers, yet voted for the measure, failed to pay attention in law school — claims to prevent anyone from reading the amendment in such a way as “to grant Congress or the States the power to abridge the freedom of the press.”
Just say “No” to a worldview that can’t survive without putting a Federal gun in your face. Wait… what was it Mao said? “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” Yes, Leftists use the same tactics, all around the world.