12 results for tag: First Amendment Rights


UC-Irvine tries to ban the American flag

The student government at the University of California-Irvine recently tried to ban the American flag from common areas on campus. No, it was not a joke. The measure passed by a vote of 6-4 before being ultimately vetoed by the student body president. Still, it remained a blow to both common sense and freedom of speech everywhere. Among the many reasons listed for banning the stars and stripes at UC-Irvine was that sometimes, “freedom of speech…can be interpreted as hate speech.” It would take years and years to try and unpack that logic, but we’d start with a simple question: in what instance could the simple hanging of an American ...

Tea Party Patriots Board Member Ernest Istook Testifies About FEC Attempts to Regulate Speech

TPP Board Member Ernest Istook testified before the Federal Elections Commission about the dangers of expanding regulation of speech in our country. Here is the transcript of his testimony:   Thank you for this hearing. I am Ernest Istook, former 14-year US Congressman from Oklahoma. I am here for myself and on behalf of Tea Party Patriots, a 501c4 organization on whose board of directors I serve. Tea Party Patriots is a nationwide grassroots organization with which hundreds of local groups have chosen to affiliate. Its funding comes from hundreds of thousands of small donors and very little from large contributors. I and we oppose ...

Join the fight against the FEC!

In today’s op-ed for the Washington Times, [1] Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin partnered with FreedomWorks CEO and President Matt Kibbe to address unprecedented new efforts, led by FEC chair Ann Ravel, to regulate online speech. They write, in part: Under the current FEC regulations, political advertising and commentary posted for free on one’s own website or on sites such as YouTube are exempt from regulation by the FEC. Now, however, many FEC watchers, including some of Ms. Ravel’s FEC colleagues, fear she is intent upon changing the current “hands off the internet” approach the FEC adopted more than a decade ago. Ms. ...

ACT NOW to save online free speech!

Liberal allies of Barack Obama on the Federal Election Commission (FEC) are attempting to regulate political speech on and off the Internet, and to restrict our constitutionally protected freedoms.  We have a short window of time to stop it! Under current FEC guidelines (from a unanimous, 6-0 decision in 2006), political advertising or commentary posted on YouTube is exempt from campaign reporting requirements. Democrat FEC Vice Chair Ann Ravel apparently finds this unacceptable, and speaks unfavorably [1] of “this effort to protect individual bloggers and online commentators.” As if free speech is unworthy of protection! If Ms. Ravel ...

Stop the FEC from going after free speech on the internet!

Liberals in Washington are once again, launching an all-out assault on the First Amendment protection to free speech. Apparently, free speech is allowed as long as it’s not about politics. Ann Ravel, Democrat Vice Chair at the Federal Election Commission (FEC), is spearheading an effort to make political commentary on sites like YouTube, subject to regulatory oversight. The proposal was quietly introduced in October, but now is the time to publicly fight back. We’re calling on ALL Patriots to file an official comment with the FEC on the proposed rule, and let the Feds know they need to keep their hands off our internet! You can click here to ...

Democrats’ troubled history with the First Amendment

In a new op-ed at The Hill, Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin writes about the long and patterned history of Democrats and the left attacking free speech for the sake of their agenda. The latest attempt by Democrat members on the Federal Election Commissions, she points out, is nothing new: At issue is an obscure anti-Obama ad from Ohio that wound up on YouTube. Because the spot was placed for free, it fell within the “Internet exception” the FEC has recognized – across party lines – since 2006. Internet ads of a political nature would seem the very embodiment of “free speech” contemplated by the Founders in the Bill of ...

The Democrats’ assault on free speech

Democrats in Washington have launched a dangerous assault against freedom of speech and the First Amendment, aimed at punishing those who dare to disagree with the current administration. As Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth writes in an op-ed at the Washington Examiner, this latest push is reminiscent of the U.S. after the passage of the Sedition Act in 1798. Martin writes: Given recent events, it appears Democrats are keen on recreating some of that oppression. In an accelerating campaign to silence the voices of those with whom they disagree, the administration of President Obama and members of his party in Congress have undertaken the ...

Why Harry Reid Wants to Repeal the First Amendment

Harry Reid and Senate Democrats are gearing up for a vote on a Constitutional amendment to repeal the First Amendment. Some might say that statement is over the top. Here’s why we disagree. When trying to figure out the real purpose of a piece of legislation, or a proposed amendment to the Constitution, the first thing we do at Tea Party Patriots is look to see who has cosponsored it. Turns out, over 75% of the Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Could there be an ulterior motive at play here? While co-sponsors of this proposed amendment (S.J. Res 19) claim that the purpose is to "advance the fundamental principle of political ...

Statement by Jenny Beth Martin on New IRS Revelations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                April 17, 2014                                                                           Statement by Jenny Beth Martin on New IRS Revelations WOODSTOCK, GA -  Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin today issued the following statement in response to the recent revelations on the extent of the targeting of tea party groups by the IRS. "On Wednesday. we saw another example of how the Obama administration has turned government ‘Of the People’ upside-down.   "Instead of the Department of Justice investigating ...

Freedom of Speech Wins the Day

On April 2, the United States Supreme Court affirmed that the First Amendment right to free speech extends to political contributions. [1] In McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, five of the court’s nine judges agreed to overturn aggregate limits on campaign contributions. In other words, caps on the total amount of money one person can give to campaigns, PACs and parties, are now unconstitutional. The ruling marks the biggest victory for political free speech since 2010’s Citizens United decision. In his opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts argued that aggregate limits don’t prevent corruption. “This Court has identified only one ...