Archive for January 21st, 2011

One year ago today, on January 21, the United States Supreme Court released its decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

David Bossie – from Citizens United – reminisces about the US Supreme Court’s ruling:

The decision corrected an anomaly in campaign finance law, and in doing so was a tremendous victory for the First Amendment and Americans who wish to participate in our political process.

The case found its origins in 2007 when my group, Citizens United, a membership organization, sought to promote, distribute, and broadcast via video-on-demand a film critical of then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. If Citizens United would have done so, we were told by the FEC that it would have been a willful violation of the provisions of the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2002 (better known as “McCain-Feingold”) which prohibited corporations from making independent expenditures and electioneering communications. This violation was not merely subject to a civil fine, but rather a criminal penalty – I personally would have been sent to jail for promoting the film. Citizens United filed a lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission to defend our right to promote and broadcast the film. It took more than two years, but the First Amendment protection of political speech was restored by the Supreme Court in this landmark ruling.

All this ruling did was uphold the right to engage in free speech and the right to freely associate. The last time I checked, that was one of the key principles this great Nation was built upon. Those who attack this ruling are just doing it because their political agenda is under attack. In their minds, the end justifies the means. They feel it is okay to spit on the 1st Amendment as long as it protects incumbents favored by big labor and their far-left allies. Fortunately for our country, the United Citizens v. FEC ruling allows it so that will no longer happen.

January 21, 2010 was a great day.

*UPDATE* – January 21, 2011 – 4:30 PM

The Cato Institute put together a great video on what truly was/remains at stake:

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While President Obama will try to convey to the Nation that he’s a changed man and all about fiscal restraint all of the sudden during his State of the Union address, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) will step in and show Mr. Hope-n-Change how it is done!

Speaker of the House John Boehner’s blog reports:

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) will deliver the Republican address following the President’s State of the Union address to Congress on January 25, 2011.  Last year – in an unprecedented failure – Congressional Democrats chose not to pass, or even propose a budget, punting on a duty that represents the most basic responsibility of governing.  Chairman Ryan will deliver the Republican address Tuesday night from the House Budget Committee hearing room, where the Democrats’ spending spree will end and the Republicans’ push for a fiscally responsible budget that cuts spending will begin.

In making the announcement, the GOP leaders noted that Chairman Ryan is a leading voice for fiscal discipline and common-sense solutions to cut spending and create jobs.  Known for his thoughtful and detailed critiques of big-government policies, Ryan has helped put to rest the Democrats’ argument that more government spending and higher taxes is the answer to most of our nation’s ills.  His commitment to free enterprise and limited government make him the right choice to outline a vision for how a smaller, less costly government will help create the right conditions for the creation of good, private sector jobs.

Good move for the GOP.

I am glad they did not pick a newcomer, like Florida Senator Marco Rubio, to give the address. The last thing we want to do is ruin one of the best, charismatic Republican politicians to step foot on the national political scene. Remember Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s horrendous Republican Address to the Nation? Case and point.

Live coverage of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address begins at 9:00 PM on January 25, 2011.

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked the anti-war movement these days?

Answer: The attendance at anti-war rallies have decreased significantly.

Has America’s overall foreign policy changed at all? Mmm, not so much. So what else has changed since President Bush left office? Reason.TV explains:

Even as President Obama maintains close to 50,000 troops in Iraq and continues to escalate and expand the war in Afghanistan, the antiwar movement in America continues to shrink (PDF).

So, what happened?

Reason.tv visited two antiwar protests—one left-leaningone libertarian—in an attempt to answer that question. Author and historian Thaddeus Russell and Reason Senior Editor Brian Doherty also weigh in.

War, it seems, is a bipartisan venture, which is reflected by the fact that Democrats have a favorable view of Obama’s foreign policy, despite its remarkable similarity to George W. Bush’s foreign policy. And though there have been rumblings of antiwar sentiment from some on the RightRepublicans remain strongly in favor of an interventionist foreign policy.

Although public sentiment is turning against the war in Afghanistan, the always-shifting withdrawal deadlines and the unwillingness to touch defense spending mean that this bipartisan war is likely to continue far into the future.

It is obvious that Democrats (especially young ones) just wanted go out and yell at something, because of their hatred for the previous administration. Now that they have one of their own in the White House, they seem to be struggling with a little case of amnesia. For the sake of our national defense, it is good thing that a majority of Democrats have jumped on the bandwagon that the Republicans have been steering for almost a decade now.

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