Don’t Limit Basic Free Speech Rights
Frustrated that the Constitution enshrines Americans’ freedom of speech, including that in which they spend money to speak out on political candidates, a few liberals in the U.S. Senate have become so eager to curb that liberty that they are adopting a new strategy: change the Constitution.
Democrats who control the Senate Judiciary Committee have proposed broad new limits on political spending. They are so expansive they would require scrapping part of the First Amendment.
Conservatives say the plan is no more than a political stunt intended to give liberals traction during the current campaign season. Some liberals, such as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, already have begun to sound like broken records as they decry political spending by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch.
For some reason, Reid and company never seem to mention political spending by ultra-rich liberals such as George Soros and Tom Steyer.
Some of those skeptical about the proposed constitutional amendment say it could result in serious limits to freedom of speech far beyond the curbs on big spenders that liberals claim they want.
Fortunately, the nation’s founders anticipated some in government would attempt to use constitutional amendments for transient political purposes. The founders made it very difficult to alter the nation’s basic document of government. It is unlikely the new proposal will go anywhere.
But it is a reminder to Americans that in order to gain advantage, some politicians are willing to chip away at our basic freedoms.