A "First Amendment Zone" at Diamond Head National Monument. (Photo: Sarah Sosiak/Creative Commons)



Hans von Spakovsky is an authority on a wide range of issues—including civil rights, civil justice, the First Amendment, immigration, the rule of law and government reform—as a senior legal fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and manager of the think tank’s Election Law Reform Initiative. Read his research.



When the Senate reconvenes today, the No.1 legislative priority of Democrats is to pass a resolution that would gut the First Amendment, one of the few times in American history an amendment has been proposed to cut back on part of the Bill of Rights.

It’s probably no surprise they want to restrict political speech that could threaten their incumbency, but it is a bit ironic coming just a little more than one week before Constitution Day on Sept. 17.

So, the Senate and the House of Representatives return from a month-long recess and, with everything happening in the world at the moment, the legislative schedule set by Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., for Sept. 8, available here on the website of the “Democrats in the U.S. Senate,” includes consideration of a few nominations but lists only one legislative item: a motion to invoke cloture (end debate) on S.J.Res. 19.

This resolution would ‘give political speech less protection than the First Amendment now gives to movies, novels, comic books’

This resolution, sponsored by Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and 47 other senators (without a single Republican member), would amend the First Amendment to give Congress the power to limit fundraising and spending on political speech and political activity. The relevant language says that “Congress and the States may regulate and set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections.”

As explained in a Heritage Legal Memorandum, the language of this resolution is so broad, and so unlimited, that it would give the government essentially absolute power to restrict spending on almost any speech and activity that it decides might “influence elections.” There would be almost no limit on what the government could do. If ultimately ratified and implemented, the amendment would restrict core free speech protections for all Americans – which Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has called “scandalous.”

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Uhhhh, if anyone out there isn't really doing anything too important this weekend, and if you've got the time and you don't mind doing the world a huge favor - could someone just take a quick ride over to this guy's home and simply SHOOT him? .............Thanks.

Clearly the end of our free country. Freedom gone, freedom lost.

with the democrats altering the first amendment...it will not be THEIR free speech that is taken away...it will be OUR free speech and anybody elses that THEY do not agree with.....when they take over the internet.....anything from the left or democrat will not be restricted, but anything to the right will, like fox news sights, tea party...etc. now the Obama government is coordinating with mexico to actually recruit illegals back to the united states for jobs...even though there are 92 million out of work, and the unemployment is really about 12 .5 percent. these last few years of Obama will be their last push to destroy the united states, and eliminate the republican party...these democrats are like the terrorists isis..they don't care, legally or illegally they will do anything to get their way.

Evil found the perfect home inside the Democrat Party.

Then it infected just enough of the R's to get absolute power.

THESE DAMNED COMMUNIST DEMOCRATS , NEED TO BE "DRAGGED OUT OF CONGRESS, AND SHOT ON THE VERY STEPS OF THE SENATE BUILDING !!!!!!

And they probably know it and are terrified someone might do it.

So, DHS labels true patriots as terrorists.

Send these demos packing. They no longer represent the people of America. Perhaps they represent Mexico and the far east, but who's counting. Certainly Harry Reid and his ilk no longer represent us conservatives who I believe are still in the majority of this great nations natural born citizens.

Communism 101......hmmmph....we have soooooo many traitors to our Constitution in this country..our Founders are roiling in their graves!!!!! Then look at the primaries playing out across the country......hacks getting back in again and again.....

Leave our freedoms alone Harry eats sh** Reid.  You are cruising in the wrong direction.  These bill of rights are for US not for the government to decide!  No way buddy.  You have already dug your grave in politics and you do not support the people at all, only your lowly self, and your communist party.  I do know of a law that the communists can not take over so that means the democratic communist party has to go.

Reid bends over for sorry excuse for a human Soros who already said plain as day he wants to destroy the Constitution. Even published on "The Open Society" website.

TYPICAL OF THE "COMMUNIST" SENATE, IF YOU CAN'T GET YOUR WAY THEN ATTEMPT TO DESTROY THE CONSTITUTION!!!                                                                                                           DID "YOU" VOTE DEMOCRATIC??????    WHO IN THE HELL ELECTED THESE CORRUPT SELF SERVING "IDIOTS????"

MEANT TO ADD ABSOLUTELY NO WORLD ORDER.  GET COMMON CORE OUT OF EDUCATION

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