Mark Twain famously said, "No man's life, liberty or property is safe when Congress is in session." Congress is in session and once again, our liberty is at risk. This time, it is a bill called the DISCLOSE bill.
The DISCLOSE bill is the liberal's response to the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case. This bill would limit spending on political issues by corporations but not by Unions. It exempts large political groups from it's burdensome requirements yet buries small groups (like your average Tea Party group) with regulations that could put the groups or even individuals in legal jeopardy. The DISCLOSE bill has exemptions for media corporations (I.E. the main stream media) political speech, but not for the new media and bloggers.
This bill is another obscene attack by the left on the First Amendment. It is a bill designed to shut down political speech by mostly conservative groups, while allowing mostly liberal groups to continue on. This bill must be stopped.
Once again, we must take time to call our Senators and tell them to stop this attack on the First Amendment. Harry Reid is going to try and end debate on this bill either late today or tomorrow in what is called a cloture vote. We only need 41 votes to defeat Reid and this bill. Call your Senator today and tell them to vote against this bill every time it comes up, including voting against cloture.
In addition to calling your Senators, here are a few others to call that might help stop this bill:
- Senator Olympia Snowe (202) 224 5344
- Senator Susan Collins (202) 224 2523
- Senator Blanche Lincoln (202) 224 4843
- Senator Lindsey Graham (202) 224 5972
If all 41 Republicans vote against this bill, it will die. Chances of death improve if one or more Democrats can be persuaded to vote against it (which is why Blanche Lincoln's name is in that list of people to call).
Two years ago, would we have believed it would be necessary to call our elected officials every week, just to save our basic constitutional rights? This is why elections are important and this is why the elections this fall are so important. But they are still over 90 days away. Today, we must call again so that the Senate does not repeal the 1st Amendment!
As always, we are talking about this on Tea Party Nation. Join us and let us know what your Senators are saying. The forum is here!