Hillary’s Litmus Test for Supreme Court Nominations: Pledge to Reverse This Pro-Free Speech Decision I Don’t Like
Friendly reminder from Phil Kerpen: The Citizens United case was about whether a corporation had a First Amendment right to spend money from its general treasury to promote criticism of … Hillary Clinton. People on both sides forget that, I think. It’s natural in hindsight to assume that a conservative group being scrutinized by the feds for a political attack in 2007 was training its fire on Obama. Nope. The question was, does Citizens United’s right to free speech include the right to spend big bucks publicizing “Hillary: The Movie” when Hillary was a candidate for president?
That’s the case that would-be President Hillary Clinton now desperately wants overturned.
Big Government is always going to try to take away your rights. Always. It will never stop. And the way they do it is, they try to make it sound like it’s a Good Thing that your rights are being taken away. So they pick an unpopular target like Big Corporations — which can be annoying but are subject to competition, unlike the federal government — and try to make the argument about Big Corporations controlling everything. When, in fact, the issue in Citizens United was whether citizens could band together, using the benefits of a corporation, to criticize Hillary Clinton.
Hillary — unexpectedly! — doesn’t think they should be able to. And so she will have a litmus test for her Supreme Court nominees, that they must oppose the operation of the First Amendment in this context.
Big Media will not criticize her for this. You see, Big Media benefits when other voices are shut down. Hillary can’t shut up editorial writers (yet), so when competing voices are quieted, the voices of Big Media ring out louder than ever. So the idea that media would oppose a lefty presidential candidate explicitly opposing the First Amendment — an idea that at first glance seems like a given — is actually a pipe dream.
Big Media, by and large, will applaud.
Here’s the bigger picture: The ship is going down. Electing someone like Ted Cruz instead of Hillary Clinton will slow it, but the real effort needs to be in finding systematic ways to decentralize power. Ideas include an Article V convention, states resisting federal mandates, systematic civil disobedience such as is recommended by Charles Murray in his latest book (more about that in a future post), and creating institutions that operate independently from government to the extent possible. And if none of that works, secession by the states populated by people who believe in liberty.
In the meantime, vote against Hillary Clinton and do your best to preserve your First Amendment rights for the time being. Just don’t kid yourself into believing that’s enough. It isn’t. Not even close.