HOW TED CRUZ SAVED THE FIRST AMENDMENT AND THE WORLD
How Ted Cruz Exposed the Free-Speech Haters
Terence Jeffrey warns US:
Stated plainly, the Obama administration believes the Washington Post, a for-profit corporation, might have a right to publish a book weighing the merits of a politician but that coal-mining company or a family-owned grocery store chain does not.
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of freedom of speech and against the We-Can-Ban-Books Administration.
The court's defense of freedom of speech outraged certain members of the United States Senate. They offered an amendment to amend the First Amendment, which in its final form was advanced by Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois.
This proposed constitutional amendment said in part: "Congress and the States may regulate and set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections."
On June 18, when this proposed constitutional amendment came up in the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Sen. Ted Cruz did a simple thing: He offered an amendment to replace this amendment with the exact words of the First Amendment.
The subcommittee defeated the First Amendment. Every Democrat on the panel voting against it.