ACLU HITS THE BRAKES ON FREE SPEECH
Imagine a lib organization opposing restrictions on free speech. Over the course of the past 4 decades the ACLU has done just that. In their eyes, McCain-Feingold was an infringement upon First Amendment rights. At least it was.
WSJ: “The organization will now accept “reasonable” government limitations on contributions to candidates. The ACLU doesn’t say what “reasonable” means, so the government will doubtless supply the definition. This will inevitably benefit those who are already elected and disadvantage challengers. Indeed, for 35 years “reasonable” limits on contributions have demonstrably helped incumbents and suppressed insurgent candidates. … The ACLU has also endorsed government limits on spending by candidates who accept public financing. Here, too, restrictions will empower incumbents by forcing challengers to agree to limit their campaigns in order to get public funding. This is precisely why Barack Obama rejected such limits for his presidential campaign. But now he and the ACLU will support imposing them on others.”
What type of advantage could this offer the challenger?
Anyone who ever doubted that the ACLU was not a partisan liberal organization can now shut the lid on their uncertainties and lock it. Just like the SEC, another questionable timing of another event. Who stands to benefit from this in the upcoming elections besides incumbent progressives and union members? No doubt Obama is basking in the premise of yet more control of freedom of speech.
NY Sun: “…the ACLU, which once defended, as a matter of high principle, the rights of Nazis and communists and the least popular fringe elements, has swung over to the Democratic majority in its years of triumph,”
Oil continues to leak into the Gulf, Iran proceeds with their nuclear testing, illegals still are crossing into our country, and unemployment continues to rise.