Here’s the full text of Senate Resolution 19 (SJ Res. 19) — an attempt to push a constitutional amendment to destroy the First Amendment:
Section 1. To advance democratic self-government and political equality, and to protect the integrity of government and the electoral process, Congress and the States may regulate and set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections.
Section 2. Congress and the States shall have power to implement and enforce this article by appropriate legislation, and may distinguish between natural persons and corporations or other artificial entities created by law, including by prohibiting such entities from spending money to influence elections.
Section 3. Nothing in this article shall be construed to grant Congress or the States the power to abridge the freedom of the press.
Where to start..? 1) Why aren’t we hanging everyone that voted to move this out of cloture? There shouldn’t be a one of these bastards left in office, right now.
2) Section one limits candidates as well as “others” in campaign spending. Well, who will be limited, do you think? Maybe the challengers to incumbents?
3) Any legislation may distinguish between people, companies, and special interests…but doesn’t have to. So much for those pesky advocacy groups, corporate interests, or people we don’t much care for.
Think this one through Democrats…if you get this passed and Republicans are in, they could legislate against unions, as much as the National Rifle Association, challengers and their supporters as much as the ACLU.
4) note the one carve out: the press, perennially Democratic.
This is a resolution to protect incumbents in general, and Democrat incumbents in particular. It will have precisely the opposite effect from “advanc[ing] democratic self-government and political equality, and to protect[ing] the integrity of government and the electoral processes. And while they might not think this is going anywhere his time, it’s a trial balloon — a test to see how sharply the stupefied masses will receive it.