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The assault on the First Amendment

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell gave an important speech at AEI this morning on the continuing assault on the First Amendment. Senator McConnell is an expert on the First Amendment and he has seen the assault of which he speaks up close. Senator McConnell notes, for example:

There’s the widespread effort to stifle speech from within the government itself, something the Obama Administration has been engaged in from its earliest days. Some have traced this back even further, to the 2008 campaign. But my central point last June, and my central point today, is this: the attacks on speech that we’ve seen over the past several years were never limited to a few Left-wing pressure groups or the DISCLOSE Act. They extend throughout the federal government, to places like the FEC, the FCC, HHS, the SEC, and as all Americans now know — even to the IRS. These assaults have often been aided and abetted by the administration’s allies in Congress. And they’re as virulent as ever.

Read the whole thing, and stay for the question-and-answer session in which Senator McConnell smacks down AEI’s Norm Ornstein (video below).

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