Jeff Anderson, a DFL candidate against Chip Cravaack, submitted a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to essentially overturn the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court ruling.
In so doing, Anderson proved, as did the Duluth City Council, that they a) don’t understand the U.S. Constitution and b) are fascists.
First, progressives argue that the First Amendment only applies to individuals. That’s incredibly naive. The Fourth Amendment doesn’t just protect individuals from unreasonable searches and seizures. The Sixth Amendment guarantees that corporations and individuals alike “shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial” and that said trial shall be by a jury of their peers.
Why would the First Amendment protect the free speech rights of individuals but not the free speech rights of corporations? Don’t corporations have a right to speak out on behalf of their interests? How is it different that PACs can speak on behalf of their clients’ interests but corporations can’t?
The progressives’ past response has been that they don’t want corporations having undue influence in elections. That’s a flimsy argument. I don’t recall progressives criticizing the Alliance for a Better Minnesota, aka ABM, when they spent millions of dollars on the biggest smear campaign in Minnesota gubernatorial history.
I vividly recall DFL activists and DFL media organizations like the UpTake working together to intimidate Target and other corporations from contributing to pro-capitalist independent expenditure organizations.
Might that be because they’re defenders of the First Amendment until it’s their ox that’s getting gored? Selective defending of the First Amendment isn’t truly defending the First Amendment.
It isn’t difficult to make the argument that progressives aren’t true defenders of the First Amendment. It isn’t difficult to make the argument that progressives are pro-censorship if that fits their political agenda.
The bigger question that needs to be asked is why progressives need to silence differing opinions. They’ve done that on college campuses for years. They’ve tried silencing critics by employing mean-spirited blowhards like Paul Begala.
In Minnesota, they’ve tried drowning out the Republicans’ pro-growth, pro-reform agenda through ABM’s smear campaigns and attempting to intimidate corporations that don’t conform to their agenda.
Rondy Raiton’s staged protest (what else explains UpTake’s cameras being at the exact Target store where she protested against Target at exactly the right time to capture the ‘event’?) fueled an astroturfed protest because Target contributed to a pro-capitalist organization run by Brian McClung.
Whether it’s Jeff Anderson and the Duluth City Council pro-censorship resolution, Rondy Reitan’s astroturfed protest or ABM’s smear campaigns, one thing’s clear: the DFL doesn’t like confrontation. The DFL doesn’t like policy-based arguments because they consistently lose those fights.
That’s why they specialize in censorship, smear campaigns and intimidation.