WATCH: Cruz Defends Free Speech, First Amendment
Senators are currently considering an amendment to the United States Constitution that would “repeal the free speech protections of the first Amendment.”
During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing entitled “Examining a Constitutional Amendment to Restore Democracy to the American People,” Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 97% delivered a passionate defense of the First Amendment and free speech — which is why he so adamantly opposes the amendment in question.
Nothing in this amendment is limited to corporations or billionaires. This amendment, if adopted, would give Congress absolute authority to regulate the political speech of every single American with no limitations whatsoever.
Cruz listed groups as varied as Planned Parenthood and the National Right to Life, the Sierra Club, the National Rifle Association, and the NAACP, and people as diverse as Dinesh D’Souza and Michael Moore. Cruz said 42 Democrats have signed their names onto an amendment that would “give Congress the power to muzzle” these groups and individuals — and all Americans.
“This amendment is about power, and it is about politicians silencing the citizens,” Cruz said. The Heritage Foundation explains:
Supporters of this amendment claim that restricting the amount of money that may be spent on political speech and activity is not the same as limiting speech, but as the Supreme Court has recognized, bans on spending are indeed bans on speech. Limiting spending on political communication necessarily affects the quantity and quality of that speech. Rather than “level the playing field,” this constitutional amendment would protect incumbents and violate a fundamental right of Americans.