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Ted Cruz claims Democrats want to repeal the 1st Amendment

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    Crooks and Liars, May 23, 2014: Wacko-Bird Ted Cruz Says Democrats Plan To 'Repeal First Amendment'

    Senator Ted Cruz speaking at the Watchmen on the Wall gathering of pastors sponsored by the Family Research Council made an astounding statement that Senate Democrats will vote on a Constitutional Amendment to repeal the First Amendment.

    “When you think it can’t get any worse, it does. This year, I’m sorry to tell you, the United States Senate is going to be voting on a constitutional amendment to repeal the First Amendment,” Cruz said, to the audible shock of the crowd.

    “I am telling you, I am not making this up,” Cruz said. “Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has announced the Senate Democrats are scheduling a vote on a constitutional amendment to give Congress the authority to regulate political speech, because elected officials have decided they don’t like it when the citizenry has the temerity to criticize what they’ve done.”

    “They don’t like it when pastors in their community stand up and speak the truth,” he added.

    Senate Joint Resolution 19 of course has nothing to do with repealing the First Amendment free speech rights. It simply would undo the U.S. Supreme Court decisions that gutted campaign financing laws in their highly political 5-4 decisions in the Citizens United and McCutcheon cases. As a proposed Constitutional Amendment it would grant Congress and the states the power to regulate the raising and spending of money and in-kind equivalents with respect to federal and state elections, respectively. In other is not free speech.

    Justice Breyer in his dissent in the McCutcheon case earlier this year wrote:

    “Taken together with Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U. S. 310 (2010), today’s decision eviscerates our Nation’s campaign finance laws, leaving a remnant incapable of dealing with the grave problems of democratic legitimacy that those laws were intended to resolve.”

    Many legal scholars have written that the conservatives on the Roberts Court overstepped their authority and practiced judicial activism in gutting these campaign finance laws...essentially making it a free for all in spending by big donors. The only way to pull back the power of the court is with a Constitutional Amendment. However, the process to amend the constitution takes a vote of two-thirds of both the House of Representatives and the Senate followed by a ratification of three-fourths of the various state legislatures (ratification by thirty-eight states would be required to ratify an amendment). Or to put it another way, a mere 13 states can withhold approval and block the amendment.

    So we should not hold our breath that a constitutional amendment would be passed anytime soon, and certainly not with the likes of Ted Cruz fear mongering with false information.
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    Free speech is a complicated topic.

    What Ted Cruz may have been referring to was the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits pastors from making political statements from the pulpit. In view of the fact that churches are tax exempt, it seems like a reasonable position.

    Suppressing political speech by pastors is not the same thing is intimidating reporters who are trying to tell the truth.

    World wide, journalists are targeted because they are brave enough to report the wrongs in their society. Jamal Khassogi is just one example of that problem.

    Turkey leads the world in the number of journalists it has behind bars, and China is second.

    If you don't think it can happen here, think again.

    In 1976, Arizona reporter Don Bolles was killed by a car bomb because he was investigating crimes by the Mafia,

    The public is FINALLY starting to lose patience with police brutality, and the cop who recently pepper sprayed the black Army officer in his car was quickly fired.

    Then there's Minneapolis.

    While the Derek Chauvin trial was still going on, an unarmed black man in Brooklyn Center was shot and killed by a veteran officer who somehow "accidentally" sot him.

    Naturally, people are going to take to the streets to protest - and the police are not impressed.

    Tim Walz, the governor of Minnesota, on Sunday responded to reports that the state’s police officers had assaulted journalists covering the unrest in a Minneapolis suburb, saying, “Apologies are not enough; it just cannot happen.”

    On Saturday, a lawyer representing more than 20 news media organizations sent a letter to Mr. Walz and leaders of Minnesota law enforcement organizations detailing a series of alleged assaults of journalists by police officers in the past week. Journalists have been sprayed with chemical irritants, arrested, thrown to the ground and beaten by police officers while covering protests, wrote the lawyer, Leita Walker.

    Joshua Rashaad McFadden, a freelance photographer who was covering the protests for The Times, said in an interview on Sunday that the police surrounded the car he was in on Tuesday as he tried to leave the protests. They beat on the windows with batons, then entered the car to force him out, beating his legs and striking his camera lens, he said.

    On Friday, a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order forbidding the police to use physical force or chemical agents against journalists. But Ms. Walker wrote that officers were still engaging in “widespread intimidation, violence and other misconduct directed at journalists.”

    Mr. Walz said in a tweet on Saturday that he had “directed our law enforcement partners to make changes that will help ensure journalists do not face barriers to doing their jobs.”

    “These are volatile situations and that’s not an excuse,” he said during the television interview on Sunday. “It’s an understanding that we need to continue to get better.

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    Is anyone surprised? The present GOP loves these things because their object is to make this an dictorial country run by "whites" only. Since slowly but surely the "whites" are loosing the majority in this country then of course the old "hanging" crews pop up as before. Since the "whites" have been in power since the slave time and had their corrupted "money", nothing actually has changed. Their motto is you can "buy" people (or the world), as long as you steal enough for yourself.

    The present GOP is just a bunch of gangsters wanting "power" over all non-white people with whatever means.

    Actually nothing has changed here since the 1800's, only money and "power" over others counts. Cowboys and Indians!

    I guess only again an second "civil" war can solve these issues, in the meantime the status of this country in the world, is going rapidly down the drain.