In maintaining liberal Democrats’ long-standing tradition of undermining the United States Constitution and the protections afforded to the rights of the citizens it governs, a leading Democrat lawmaker in the Texas House has filed a resolution calling for an amendment overturning a landmark Supreme Court decision.

State Rep. Rafael Anchia (D–Dallas) has filed a resolution calling for the 86th Texas Legislature to insist the United States Congress pass and ratify an amendment to the Constitution overturning the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v Federal Election Commission.

The landmark court case, decided by the Supreme Court of the United States in 2010, effectively reversed two previous rulings and affirmed the protections of the First Amendment afforded to citizens as it pertains to free speech.

The resolution suggests the framers of the US Constitution did not mean for the First Amendment’s protections of “free speech” and “assembly” to be extended to citizens who have become affiliated or included in corporations; specifically, ones that have become involved in the political process or in advocating for or against a candidate for office.

The resolution concludes:

“RESOLVED, That the 86th Legislature of the State of Texas
hereby respectfully urge the Congress of the United States to
propose and submit to the states for ratification an amendment to
the United States Constitution that overturns the Supreme Court
decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. . .”

The Supreme Court’s opinion stated:

“… political speech must prevail against laws that would suppress it, whether by design or inadvertence. . . Premised on mistrust of governmental power, the First Amendment stands against attempts to disfavor certain subjects or viewpoints.”

Moreover, it affirmed, “The Government may not by these means deprive the public of the right and privilege to determine for itself what speech and speakers are worthy of consideration. The First Amendment protects speech and speaker, and the ideas that flow from each.”

Democrats in Texas are no different from their counterparts in D.C. or in leftist organizations across the nation. How far will they go in their battle against speech with which they do not agree?

State Rep. Rafael Anchia
Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0746
rafael.anchia@house.texas.gov

 

Destin Sensky

Destin Sensky serves as a Capitol Correspondent for Texas Scorecard covering the Texas Legislature, working to bring Texans the honest and accurate coverage they need to hold their elected officials in Austin accountable.

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