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Censoring Citizens United would allow censoring a lot more

The Obama administration was asked at an oral argument [in the Citizens United case] if it could prohibit a company from using its general treasury funds to publish a book that discusses the American political system for 500 pages and then, at the end, says "Vote for X." President Obama's lawyer said, flat out, "Yes."

These radical claims for the authority to ban books and movies led me to dub the amendment's proponents the "Fahrenheit 451 Democrats," after Ray Bradbury's dystopian classic about book-burning government power run amok. And their positions were so radical that they lost one of their usual allies--the ACLU. To its credit, the ACLU blasted the proposed constitutional amendment: "Even proponents of the amendment have acknowledged that his authority could extend to books, television shows, or movies, such as Hillary Clinton's Hard Choice or a show like the West Wing, which depicted a heroic Democratic presidential administration during the crucial election years of 2000 and 2004.

Source: A Time for Truth, by Ted Cruz, p.314-5 , Jun 30, 2015

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