Friday, January 19, 2007

GOP (and 7 Democrats) stop Leftist attack on 1st Amendment

Good news for the 1st Amendment. Pelosi's goal to shut up the grassroots hit a roadblock in the senate.

From the NRA:

The U.S. Senate has voted 55-43 to accept an amendment to S.A. 3, the "Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act", removing an onerous proposal that would have drastically limited the First Amendment rights of Americans in the political process. Offered by Sens. Robert Bennett (R-Utah) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the amendment removed Section 220 that would have forced ordinary citizens to register with the federal government as "lobbyists," with all the attendant restrictions, costs, and penalties.

"The First Amendment protects an unqualified 'right of the people to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.' That is a sacred right of the American people." said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox. " Sec. 220 would have, for the first time in American history, severely regulated and restricted 'the voluntary efforts of members of the general public to communicate their own views on an issue to Federal officials.'

"On behalf of 4 million NRA members and tens of millions of gun owners, hunters, and sportsmen across the country, I want to thank Senators Robert Bennett and Mitch McConnell for their leadership in preserving political free speech for all," concluded Cox. "We are also grateful to the 53 other senators who voted for the Bennett-McConnell Amendment."

While this was no doubt a victory for NRA, gun owners, and freedom, enemies of the First and Second Amendments are alive and well in the 110th Congress, and no doubt will continue to assault our rights. Our thanks to all of you who contacted your U.S. Senators on this most important issue.

The Defenders of Freedom are as follows. Special thanks to John McCain for his surprising Yes vote. Voinovich, Conrad, Dorgan, and Bayh were major surprises as well.

Alexander (R-TN)
Allard (R-CO)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Coleman (R-MN)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Craig (R-ID)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Dole (R-NC)
Domenici (R-NM)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hagel (R-NE)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lott (R-MS)
Lugar (R-IN)
Martinez (R-FL)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Nelson (D-NE)
Roberts (R-KS)
Salazar (D-CO)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Smith (R-OR)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (R-PA)
Stevens (R-AK)
Sununu (R-NH)
Thomas (R-WY)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (R-VA)

The two non voters are Brownback (R-KS)and Johnson (D-SD). Johnson has a legit excuse with his health.

The Enemies of the 1st Amendment are as follows:
NAYs ---43
Akaka (D-HI)
Biden (D-DE)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Byrd (D-WV)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Clinton (D-NY)
Dodd (D-CT)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Obama (D-IL)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)

I expect better from Bob Casey, Jim Webb, and Jon Tester. This anti-freedom vote is not a good start for them. Levin and Stabenow consistantly vote anti-freedom and this vote is no surprise. Obama, Hillary, Kerry, Biden, and Dodd all show themselves to be as opposed to the 1st Amendment as they are opposed to the 2nd Amendment. Any of those five would be a disaster for freedom if elected president.


BigShot said...

This seems to me that the Republicans are doing what they are supposed to do in the minority; stand up for America. The Dems. who voted against this are the same old Dems. who were in the minority last year; (I think there are a few exceptions). This vote gives me some hope that the new Dem. controlled congress will have some level headedness in that most of the Dems are conservative; and are just Dems because they oppose the war.

Keith Richards said...

Those Democrats sure do represent the little guy, huh? Oh, excuse me, I guess they just believe that average people are not qualified to have an opinion on government and so they have to be muzzled.

I'm sure all the black leaders and protesters who fought for equal rights in the 60's would be very impressed with this Democrat leadership NOT!

Tim Jarrell said...

Really believe Sen. Byrd is anti-Constitution?

Patrick Flynn said...

When you give socialists the majority power, you get socialism.

Watch Pelosi work from another angle for huge oppressive government. The painted Madam will support legislation to stop parents from effectively correcting their two-year olds while fully supporting the brutal and violent ripping of living children to shreds in the womb.

The leftist contardiction of morals in the new Pelosi group-think is enough to make you puke.

Bachbone said...

A President McCain would support this kind of bill should it come up again during his tenure. He still believes McCain-Feingold is a good thing. His vote this time was made with the full knowledge that voting for muzzling more of us, bloggers included, would be another millstone in his already bulging bag of them. McCain is no conservative, period.