The HHS Mandate. (First Amendment)
Surveilling the American people. (Fourth Amendment)
Gun control. (Second Amendment)
Those pesky amendments keep getting in the way of better government.
Thankfully, we have a Congress (who we trust soooo much) who, as everyone knows, always puts the needs of the American people ahead of any special interests, to take care of those little tripping-up points in the Constitution. These are the folks who sat on their thumbs while the administration pushed through a quasi law attacking religious freedom called the HHS Mandate. They are the ones who want to find some loophole to allow them to do away with the right to bear arms.
Their latest little move is to rescind the legal protections of the free press to protect their sources. They are doing this by “defining” who is the “press” and doing it to their advantage. What they’re doing is limiting First Amendment protections to the “legitimate” (i.e., the corporate) press.
As anyone with half a brain knows, the corporate press is not free. They are owned. And they function more and more as a propaganda tool for the government, which also appears to be owned.
It follows and it’s easy to follow that if the corporate press is the only legitimate press, then there is no free press.
Slam dunk and done. First Amendment, (both parts) tamed and brought to heel.
To put a cherry on top this rescission of the First Amendment, our Senators want to make the Attorney General of the United States the person who gets to decide which press is “legitimate” and worthy of First Amendment protections.
Now, let’s think for a moment. Who appoints the Attorney General of the United States?
The President of the United States.
And who confirms this appointment?
The Senate of the United States.
Mr Fox, here’s your gun. You’re now in charge of the henhouse.
An amendment is moving through the Senate Judiciary Committee that would essentially allow the government to determine who is a journalist for purposes of legal protection of sources. For purposes of protecting a source, a “journalist” under law would be anyone who: