Well, you know the Democrats have overstepped when the American Friggin’ Civil Liberties Union is on their backs. The ACLU has been a left-aligned organization since its inception, but it has really taken off its “oh, we’re just here to defend the Constitution” clothing in the Trump era, where it has become a full-scale tool of the #Resistance. While they’ve made some nominal noise about making sure it’s okay for white supremacists to speak their minds and gather, the brunt of their work has gone towards suing the Trump administration, protecting the “constitutional rights” of abortion and gay marriage, and writing blog posts about how awful the right-wing in America is.
So for them to come out against the Democrats and their new election legislation, you know it has to be some godawful stuff.
In a 13-page letter announcing the ACLU’s opposition to the overhaul bill, the group’s national political director said there were aspects of the bill that would have a chilling effect on the First Amendment.
“They will have the effect of harming our public discourse by silencing necessary voices that would otherwise speak out about the public issues of the day,” the ACLU wrote.
Among the chief complaints from the ACLU are that the legislation would go after lobbying interests so hard that it would make it nearly impossible for a former lobbyists to even communicate with a senior federal lawmaker for up to eight years, an absurd punishment that does not fit the “crime” that Democrats are attempting to solve. The legal group also said that the disclosure rules included in the bill are broad to the point of uselessness, making it potentially illegal for independent organizations to take action on something they’d discussed even before an ally had run for office.
“When groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, who have traditionally supported the Democratic party, echo my concerns with H.R. 1, it underscores why election reform legislation should not be developed in a partisan manner,” said Rep. Rodney Davis, the ranking Republican on the House Administration Committee.
Mitch McConnell has already said that he will not even bring the legislation up for a floor vote, but the ACLU’s opposition to the bill should be a sign to everyone watching just how far to the left the Democratic Party has already drifted. And how much worse it would get if they were to gain control of the Senate or the White House…or both.