First Amendment

Liberal AG’s Climate Change Probes Abuse Fourth Amendment to Upend First Amendment

Mark Fitzgibbons, CNS News

It seems that some liberal politicians believe it is acceptable to infringe on Second Amendment rights without due process guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment, while other liberal politicians love to infringe on First Amendment rights by evading the Fourth Amendment, which was supposed to protect papers and effects from unreasonable searches.

Donor privacy is dark money? Nonsense!

Roger Craver and Mark Fitzgibbons, The Hill

Attacking donor privacy by insinuating it has a negative influence on politics completely ignores its positive influence. It’s not just the right of liberals to band together through associations to criticize Republicans, or conservatives associating to criticize Democrats; donor privacy also protects liberals criticizing Democrats, and conservatives criticizing Republicans. Donor privacy also helps protect criticism of the IRS, the National Security Agency, Wall Street and other powerful institutions.

Sorry Friends, If You Are #NeverTrump Then You Are #4Hillary

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
I still think Ted Cruz is the best candidate conservatives had in the race, but he is unfortunately not the candidate who won a majority of the delegates – that distinction goes to Donald Trump – and it is to Trump that right-of-center voters will have to look if our country and constitutional liberty are to survive. Don't buy that argument? Then look in the mirror and read this list...

Police-State Attorneys General Cheered By Left, May Be Sued By Right

Mark Fitzgibbons, CNS News

Just as the Federalist Society and various conservative public interest law firms sprang up during the past 30 years in response to abuses of constitutional rights by the left, conservative litigators will find a niche suing and exposing state attorneys general for their police-state tactics. The market demands it, and justice requires it.

Part 2: What Should Conservatives Do if Trump Wins the Republican Nomination?

What we see on the part of the Republican establishment is not an effort to deliver the nomination to Senator Ted Cruz, but an effort to create a chaotic situation in which no outsider has a majority, thereby delivering to the Washington Cartel’s powerbrokers and insiders the ability to choose the nominee at the Republican National Convention. If that happens, then conservatives will have to face the reality of working with Donald Trump or opposing him at the GOP Convention.

Trump vs. the First Amendment

Kevin D. Williamson, National Review

Truth is an absolute defense against libel. No wonder Trump is unhappy with that state of affairs.

Over 500 Faith And Cultural Conservative Leaders Endorse Ted Cruz

In endorsing Ted Cruz for President Tony Perkins spoke for many faith leaders and cultural conservatives when he said, "I trust Ted to fight to pull America out of the political and cultural tailspin that President Obama’s policies have put us in. This is no normal election; this election is about the very survival of our Constitution and our republic.”

The Supreme Court’s opportunity to tackle sinister trends on 1st Amendment

George F. Will, The Washington Post

The IRS scandal — the denial of essential tax-exempt status to conservative advocacy groups, thereby effectively suppressing the groups’ activities — demonstrates this: When government is empowered to regulate advocacy, it will be tempted to suppress some of it. 

Garland shooting: What we know about Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi

Holly Yan, CNN

Whatever spurred Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi to drive across two states to shoot up a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest is lost on their families, their neighbors and the place they had worshiped. One was a described as "gentle person," albeit one who had been convicted of a terror-related charge and supported an ISIS propagandist.The other was a father who had "put his son above everything" -- until the day he and his roommate opened fire at the event in Garland, Texas.

Supreme Court to hear battle over Confederate license plates

Robert Barnes, The Washington Post

The case comes from Texas, where the Department of Motor Vehicles Board turned down a request for a specialized plate from the Sons of Confederate Veterans, whose insignia contains the Confederate battle flag. The Texas board members have authorized hundreds of special requests — a Texan can celebrate “Dr. Pepper” on his license plate — but rejected this one after receiving tens of thousands of comments about the design, most of them negative.

Court enjoins California AG Kamala Harris on First Amendment grounds

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, Esq., American Thinker

Stopping acts statutorily related to some of Lois Lerner’s abuse of First Amendment rights of nonprofit organizations, a federal judge has enjoined California Attorney General and Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate Kamala Harris from obtaining donor records of 501(c)(4) organizations.

Obama Unwittingly Makes Best Case Against Political Speech Laws

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, American Thinker

Obama spoke the truth. Elections are about policy. For fed. or state laws to limit or deny the right to communicate about incumbents however those laws are parsed is to violate the 1st Amend. Obama’s policies & lawbreaking are on the ballot, & those who supported or conceded to them are complicit.

GWill: Sen. Dems Extremism Against Free Speech

George F. Will, Washington Post

Forty-eight members of the Dem. caucus attempted to do something never previously done: Amend the Bill of Rights. They tried to radically shrink 1st Amend. protection of political speech. They evidently think extremism in defense of the political class’s convenience is no vice.

Reid: Why Didn't Obstructionist R's Stop A Vote to Debate Anti-1st Amendment Bill?

Rick Moran, American Thinker

Schadenfreude alert! Harry Reid is all bent out of shape because Senate R's unexpectedly supported a bill to bring to the floor for debate a constitutional amendment that would give Congress the power to regulate all campaign spending and speech.

38 Journalism Orgs Slam Obama's News Censorship

Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner

In unprecedented criticism of the White House, 38 journalism groups have assailed the president's team for censoring media coverage, limiting access to top officials and overall “politically-driven suppression of the news.”

A Costly Way to Limit Free Speech

Ed Feulner, Washington Times

What was true in 1798 and 1976 remains true in 2014. Bans on money are bans on speech, and every American’s right to speak freely should be given the fullest protection possible under the Constitution. Limit campaign spending, and we’ll all pay the price.

Democrats Pushing Constitutional Amendment to Change Bill of Rights

Greg Campbell, Tea Party News Network

The Dems’ effort selectively carves-out which parts of the First Amendment serves their purposes and which do not. Leaving MSNBC and CNN free rein to carry their messages, Democrats seek to squash the efforts of big and small donors alike.

Cruz Stands Against Democrats at First Amendment Hearing

Proponents of Democratic Senator Tom Udall's S.J. Res 19 say it would just "repeal Citizens United" or "regulate big money in politics." That is nonsense, says Senator Ted Cruz. Nothing in the amendment is limited to corporations, or to nefarious billionaires. It gives Congress power to regulate—and ban—speech by everybody.

The Democratic Assault on the First Amendment

Sen. Ted Cruz, Wall Street Journal

Congress has too much power already; it should not have the power to silence citizens.

Reid’s Crusade Against the Kochs Threatens Free Speech

Elizabeth Slattery, Heritage Foundation Blog

Harry Reid promised that the Senate will take up a proposed constitutional amendment this year that would radically alter the 1st Amend. Senate resolution 19 would allow Congress to limit fundraising and spending on election campaigns & indep. political speech.