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Stopping the assault on free speech

MADISON — Empower Wisconsin is part of a coalition of more than 130 orgnanizations standing up against the left’s latest attempt to harass, intimidate and ultimately silence its enemies.

On Monday, the Coalition to Oppose H.R. 1 and S.1 sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

“On behalf of the millions of Americans who cherish and rely on the right to support causes we believe in without fear of harassment and intimidation, we, the undersigned individuals and organizations, ask you to reject H.R. 1 and S. 1, the deceptively named “For the People Act,” the letter begins.

The bill would would impose onerous and unworkable regulatory standards on the ability of individuals and groups to discuss the policy issues of the day with elected officials and the public. It also violates the privacy of advocacy groups and their supporters and stringently and excessively regulates political speech on the internet.

Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform, asserts the “mess of bad and unconstitutional policies “ in H.R. 1 are an “existential threat to the Republican Party.”

“They would shatter the ability of Americans to effectively organize, support causes they believe in, and hold government accountable,” Norquist wrote in a recent column for Fox News.

As the letter to the congressional leaders notes, the bill would eliminate restrictions on voting by mail, and erode state election oversight, like cleaning up Wisconsin’s old voter rolls. Taxpayers would have to make massive campaign contributions to candidates they may not agree with or like. And the bill empowers more speech police, the kind that thought it a good idea to conduct armed, pre-dawn raids and spying operations on Wisconsin conservatives.

Nothing short of the First Amendment is at stake in the left’s latest effort to target speech.

Read the coalition letter here.

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1 thought on “Stopping the assault on free speech

  • “No longer do party members pretend that they seized power for idealistic reasons and in the hope of creating a better world. Power is now frankly an end in itself.” “…the man of 1984 must have such power over himself to be capable of ‘utter submission’ to the invisible Big Brother.” “…he must learn to believe in the very core of his being that even ‘the stars can be near or distant, according as we (the party) need them.” From the 1949 Time review of George Orwell’s 1984.

    Do we submit? We have a choice to make. NOW!

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