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The anti-First Amendment party?

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Michael Barone

The 2012 Democratic National Platform, adopted by voice vote without an audible dissent after a rousing speech by Platform Chairman and Newark Mayor Cory Booker, states, “We support campaign finance reform, by constitutional amendment if necessary.”

And which part of the Constitution would they amend?

Obviously, the First Amendment which states that “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press . . . .”

The First Amendment was ratified on December 15, 1791. It’s been around for 220 years. Most of that time most Americans have thought it was a pretty good idea.

The Supreme Court has ruled over the years that it protects even student armbands, nude dancing and flag burning. But the Founders and most Americans since then have supposed that its primary purpose was to protect political speech.

The Democrats apparently disagree. Some enterprising reporter might want to ask some of them why.

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Michael Barone

Senior Political Analyst
The Washington Examiner