America’s most dangerous terrorist organization isn’t satisfied with just getting cops killed, and pushing for laws that let chickenshit nutjobs blast kids with impunity for the mistake of walking through the gun nut’s neighborhood. No, the NRA fully intends to BE the law, to dictate what will and won’t be done by people that we supposedly elect as OUR representatives.
The consequences for thought independent of the NRA line can be quite severe for members of Congress who have already signed over their souls to the NRA. They know this, of course, but the NRA occasionally takes the time to remind them of who it is that owns their asses.
Of course, the constituents sure as hell don’t. Of course.
In a letter opposing the DISCLOSE Act of 2012 — a bill to allow citizens to know what corporations and wealthy donors are paying for the “independent expenditure” attack ads enabled by the 5-4 Citizens Unitedruling — the National Rifle Association (NRA) is warning Senators it will score the issue in its legislative scorecard for this Congress.
The NRA opposes the measure — arguing that its “provisions require organizations to turn membership and donor lists over to the government” and would unconstitutionally abridge the right of citizens “to speak and associate privately and anonymously.” The legislation would merely require groups that opt to run outside political ads to tell voters which donors funded those efforts. By setting up a separate bank account for independent political spending, a group like the NRA would be able to keep its membership list private and would need only disclose the large money donors paying for the group’s campaign ads. Far from being unconstitutional, this sort of disclosure was explicitly endorsed in Justice Anthony Kennedy’s Citizens United majority opinion as “the less-restrictive alternative to more comprehensive speech regulations.”
In 2010, after supporters of the DISCLOSE Act agreed to exempt just the NRA from the bill, the group dropped its opposition. Now, without those special protections in the 2012 version, the group is taking no chances and is issuing a strong message to any Senator who might support political transparency. The NRA letter warns:
Due to the importance of the fundamental speech and associational rights of the National Rifle Association’s four million members, and considering the blatant attack on those rights that S. 3369 represents, we strongly oppose the DISCLOSE Act and will consider votes on this legislation in future candidate evaluations.
In other words, vulnerable Senators facing re-election may face secret-money attack ads should they back transparency for secret money attack ads.
I still remember when George W. Bush famously stated that “you are either with us, or you are with the terrorists.” He may not have been referring to America’s #1 terror group at the time, but it still seems to me that you ought to find out who YOUR elected officials are for. If your elected representatives can’t stand up to these terrorists, it’s time to replace them with those who are actually willing to stand these terrorist cowards down.