Hillary Clinton couldn’t even wait a week before seasoning her fledgling campaign with some good old-fashioned attacks on freedom. In her first official stop in Iowa, the former secretary of state was quick to let her supporters know where she stood on the issue of Citizen’s United.
“We need to fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccountable money out of it once and for all, even if that takes a constitutional amendment,” she told a receptive audience of community college students. Well, at least she seems willing to take generally-accepted steps toward getting her way. If she were to follow in the current president’s footsteps, she would merely promise to override the Supreme Court with an executive memo. Or, you know, direct the IRS to clamp down on any conservative groups seeking the proper tax status.
The highest court in the land has ruled on this issue, and the result was one of the bravest decisions in favor of free speech that has ever come down the line. While liberals like Clinton and Obama whine that the Supreme Court gave personhood status to corporations, they seem unwilling to confront the fact that a corporation doesn’t exist without the people that build it. A corporation – as a thing – does not have an opinion. It does not prefer one politician over another. Therefore, this would have never become an issue unless…unless what, students? Unless people were involved. Good job. You are officially smarter than a Democrat.
Between this and her rant about CEO salaries, Clinton is wasting no time letting Americans know where she stands. For the little guy, right? Well, except there’s really no way to limit CEO salaries and overturn Citizens United without stomping all over the freedoms that protect the little guy and the big guy at the same time. It’s all well and good to issue these populist proclamations, but how do you just kinda limit the First Amendment? How do you just kinda smash everything the free market stands for?
This week, Ted Cruz warned his supporters that a Hillary Clinton presidency would be no different from a third Obama term. True enough…except she may actually be worse than Obama. If that seems unbelievable, consider her secret weapon. She has Bill in her corner, and politicians as smooth and effective as Slick Willie don’t come around very often. If she listens to him, she could very well become an effective version of Obama. Imagine that. An Obama who can actually get things done. What could be scarier?
If Republicans want to take back the White House, they need to expose Hillary and the Democrats as the evil that they really are. They need to make it clear, day in and day out, that every time there is an issue of freedom, Democrats somehow find themselves on the wrong side of it. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and we’ve been on that road for six and a half long years already. It’s time to get off at the next exit.