Democrats’ proposal for a constitutional amendment to limit campaign fundraising and spending would be “the most massive intrusion on civil liberties and expansion of federal-government power in modern times,” warns Ted Cruz (R., Texas). Taking to the Senate floor, Cruz chastised his Democratic colleagues for prioritizing a vote on the amendment for their own political gain over addressing the Islamic State, Russia, the economy, and other matters.
According to the proposal’s author, Senator Tom Udall (D., N.M.), the amendment is intended to stop the influence of “dark money” in politics and reverse Supreme Court decisions such as Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. While the proposal certainly has no chance of ratification, Democrats hope to use it to appeal to their base in a difficult election environment, and Cruz and other Republicans are sounding the alarm.
“This proposal before the Senate is bar none the most radical proposal that has been considered by the United States Senate in the time I have served,” Cruz said on Tuesday, appearing with a posterboard showing parts of the First Amendment struck out. “If this proposal were to pass, its effects would be breathtaking.”
Hey Democrats! Tyranny much?
Is the goal of Reid and company to eventually change the name of our country into something that ends in ‘stan?
It’s nothing more than the Harry Reid Dog and Pony Show designed to garner the support of low information voters who think that only the Republicans have access to “dark” money.
The bill, as written, would also eliminate the “dark” money from groups supported by George Soros, and (tah-dah) the unions.
The cloture vote now allows the bill to go to the floor for debate. It will be interesting to see the Democrats argue against the First Amendment. And even if it passes in the Senate, it is DOA when it gets to the House of Representatives.
This is nothing more than a typical Reid shell game to allow the Democrats to ignore the real issues, and the 300+ bills that have been passed in the House, many with bi-partisan votes.
@Scott in Oklahoma:
The SSA Socialist States of America? Or maybe the plan is to make us part of a global consortium government, named perhaps something along the lines of FOSE (Feudal Overlords of Socialist Earth)