Obama Chipping Away at Your First Amendment Rights

Obama Chipping Away at Your First Amendment Rights

The first amendment: The right to free speech, the right to exercise any religion you choose, the right to peacefully protest your own government. Those are the cornerstones of American democracy. And they’re being chipped at.

As Katherine Trunk of The Brenner Brief writes, President Obama has done nothing but try to extend the reach of his executive branch, overreaching and violating the first amendment in order to play a political game. And it’s Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul who is serving as the opposition.

“Sen. Paul, with a long history of proclaiming and sponsoring Senate bills to protect constitutional freedoms, has sounded an alarm. In recent months the Senator had sponsored SB 15, otherwise known as the REINS Act…[which] would ‘require Congress to approve every new major rule proposed by the Executive Branch before it can be enforced on the American people.’”

President Obama’s blatant public push against Citizens United is one example of this, as Trunk points out. Obama has publicly lobbied for citizens to join together and create pressure, with the goal of creating a constitutional amendment that would overturn Citizens United.

And why does he want to do that so badly? Well, Trunk ponders that it might be to quiet groups that are against Obama. If Citizens United is overturned, anti-Obama advocates suddenly don’t have that ability to express their discontent anymore.

She also cites Obamacare, and its forceful regulations that made churches unable to protect their own right to stand up for and condone what they believe in.

So that’s one side. And on the other is Paul, the junior senator and former doctor from Kentucky that believes in (and actively makes choices that support) the constitution of the United States.

He’s had no problems calling out big government, even if he was the only one. That was typified by his 13-hour filibuster against the Obama administration’s drone strike secrecy, which he performed and drew rave reviews for in early 2013.

That stands in stark contract to what we’ve seen from Obama. It’s glaringly obvious how much more the government tells us what we can and can’t do. And as Trunk points out, the other side is just as obvious:

“Quite noticeable too, is the ophthalmologist from Kentucky who can spot an overreach of big government – he may possess just the right prescriptive to heal that.”

You can’t keep Paul quiet. He’s got the First Amendment on his side.

 

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