Democrats’ troubled history with the First Amendment

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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 Rights. Democrat members of the FEC – and the American Left in general – see criticism of their Dear Leader as a serious matter, however, and in need of government regulation. They’re going to need to see your papers. 

Martin concludes:

Ultimately for the Left generally and for Obama in particular, this is about control. Their nationalization of the health care system was a means to get the government more involved in people’s individual lives. Things that get in the way of that control – like the Constitution – are mere impediments to be dealt with. The President shredded Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution so he could control immigration. 

Read the whole thing here.