Avoiding any serious votes with a 10ft pole before the election, Democrats in the House moved on political posturing and symbolic legislation this week, as Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi joined other congressional Democrats on Wednesday in endorsing a movement to ratify an amendment to the Constitution that would allow Congress to regulate political speech when it is engaged in by corporations as opposed to individuals. The attempt to amend the Constitution is a response to the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Citizens United case, and is in line with putting the president's agenda against his presumptive Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, who Democrats so enjoy criticizing for once saying "corporations are people, my friend."
CNS News reports on Pelosi's latest endorsement:
Pelosi said the Democrats' effort to amend the Constitution is part of a three-pronged strategy that also includes promoting the DISCLOSE Act, which would increase disclosure requirements for organizations running political ads, and “reducing the role of money in campaigns” (which some Democrats have said can be done through taxpayer funding of campaigns).
Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern, one of several Democrats who have proposed bills that if passed would reverse the court's decision in Citizens United, remarked at a forum with liberal adovocary groups People for the American Way and Common Cause Wednesday; "I've introduced a People's Rights Amendment, which is very simple and straightforward.
"It would make clear that all corporate entities, for-profit and non-profit alike, are not people with constitutional rights."
Conservative organizations have argued such an amendment would be an assault on freedom of speech.
"Real News" opened Friday to discuss the proposed amendment. Panelist Buck Sexton forwarded that this amendment would not just establish that corporations do not have speech, but rather deny that they have any rights at all.
"What about the rights of corporations to sue, or buy property?" Sexton asked. Sexton commented that the legislation was a reaction from liberals who feel like they were on the losing end of the Citizen United ruling. The legislation is simply "intended to rile people up" Sexton said, pointing out that he senses in the bill's text "a little twint of Occupy Wall Street."
Moderator Amy Holmes questioned though whether the bill may be on to something, considering that some polls show that Citizens United ruling is not too popular. Panelist Will Cain retorted that polls do not trump principles.
The Washington Times's Emily Miller sees the symbolic legislation pushed by Democrats against "corporate personhood," just the latest in the president's tangles with the Supreme Court. From calling out the court in the midst of the State of the Union, to crying judicial activism when anyone questions Obamacare, to the latest legislation pushed from Nancy Pelosi; whose "full-time job is to carry Obama's water," Miller believes all the pandering is simply aimed at riling up the liberal base.