Democrats still want to repeal the First Amendment

Specifically, Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) want to repeal the freedom of speech and the press as they apply to corporations. As I noted when this awful idea was first floated over a year ago, this would do away with free speech, since most speech (including nearly all journalism) is prepared by people organized as a corporation.

POSTSCRIPT: This part of the proposed amendment is hilarious:

Section 3. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to limit the people’s rights of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, free exercise of religion, freedom of association and all such other rights of the people, which rights are unalienable.

Let’s just forbid the inevitable, direct consequence of the preceding language. Awesome! But why not use this technique more widely: Spending bills should simply clarify that they won’t increase the deficit. Regulatory bills should clarify that they don’t hurt the economy. Defense cuts should clarify that they don’t hurt national defense. All our problems can be resolved simply by clarifying they won’t happen.

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