The year was 2019 and Democrats in the United States Senate, led by then-Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), stood before the Supreme Court to announce they were backing Sen. Tom Udall’s (D-NM) proposal to amend the First Amendment. As our Founding Fathers rolled in their graves, Schumer and Udall made it abundantly clear they did not approve of the First Amendment’s text.
Specifically, they called attention to “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech.” The senators expressed their disdain for this restraint on their power and thus their attack on Americans’ right to free speech was launched.
Thankfully, the sheer ridiculousness of the notion of revising our first and foremost right was quickly squashed. However, in 2021, we the people are playing defense against another entity that wants to attack our right to free speech. This time the assailants are Big Tech, whose lobbyists conveniently pad the back pockets of Democrats at both the state and federal levels.
Although the 2019 episode differs from today’s war on free speech, the main point remains the same: those in power, whether it be political or corporate, believe they have the authority to encroach on the fundamental rights of Americans.