political speech

Facebook shouldn't be political speech police

Byron York, Washington Examiner

"We don't fact-check political ads," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a recent speech. Facebook chooses not to play the role of speech police, at least as far as political ads are concerned. "As a principle, in a democracy, I believe people should decide what is credible, not tech companies," Zuckerberg said. It's an understatement to say Facebook has problems. It has abused its users' privacy. There are legitimate complaints about its bias. It has a frightening power over the world of journalism. It could face government antitrust action. The ad policy Zuckerberg outlined — if it is followed — would be the right thing to do.

HR 1 – The Democrat Plan To Turn America Into California

Step 1 in the Democrats’ plan for what some wags have called the “Californication” of America has now passed the US House of Representatives on a party line vote. HR 1 is so bad that not even the usual RINOs would vote for it, so that gives you some flavor of what a disaster for constitutional liberty the bill would be if it became law.

Democrats’ First Bill Attacks Free Speech Rights Of Conservatives

HR 1 would crush the free speech rights of conservatives by regulating political speech on the Internet, violating the privacy of advocacy groups and their supporters, compelling speakers to include lengthy government-mandated messages in their communications and creating a public financing system for congressional campaigns.

Tea party Fumes Over Campaign Finance Plan

Tarini Parti & Anna Palmer, Politico

Tea party activists attacked a campaign finance rider in the $1.1 trillion CRomnibus that they view as a sneaky power grab by estab. R's designed to undermine outside conservative groups. Ken Cuccinelli says 'the new limits only increase political speech for party insiders.' 

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’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.

REID WANTS CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO LIMIT POLITICAL SPEECH

Ken Klukowski, Breitbart

Harry Reid announced the Sen. Judiciary Comm. will hold a hearing on June 3 on amending the Constitution to limit political speech. If ultimately adopted, it would prohibit political speech of citizens and citizen groups such as the NRA.

The IRS Is the Problem

National Review Editors

Regulating political speech is not the IRS' job. The IRS does not inspire confidence as a practitioner of self-regulation, much less as a regulator of political speech.