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Jim McGovern's War on the Constitution

JRB1013! Wrote: Apr 26, 2012 5:41 AM
It is hard to see how the Bill of Rights, as written could be applied only to individuals. FIrst and foremost, in guaranteeing free association, it seems clear that the founders understood that some political speech required unified action. Then there's the guarantee of freedom of the press. Freedom of the press, to be meaningful at all, requires that rights be extended to corporate bodies. Any assertions to the contrary simply ignore history and reality. It is virtually impossible, to restrict the political rights of voluntary association, including corporations, without seriously diluting the individual rights guaranteed heretofore. IMHO this amendment will fail.
Dan107 Wrote: Apr 26, 2012 9:00 AM
I hope it will fail because it is a bad idea. Most likely it will fail because democrats up for re-election will want to be up for re-election in 2, or 4, or 6 years time.

US REPRESENTATIVE JIM MCGOVERN, a Worcester Democrat, generated some unwanted controversy two years ago when he publicly declared: "The Constitution is wrong."

The context was a discussion of campaign finance during a debate between McGovern and his Republican challenger, Marty Lamb. "A lot of the campaign-finance laws we've passed have been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court," McGovern said. "I think the Constitution is wrong. I don't think money … equals free speech. I don't think corporations should have the same equality as a regular voter."

Critics pounced, a minor storm erupted, and a day later McGovern took his...