Hillary Clinton wants to, in effect, pass a constitutional amendment that would amend the First Amendment and restrict free speech, overturning the Supreme Court’s “Citizen United” decision that lifted prohibitions on spending by independent organizations. The decision struck down campaign finance laws that the federal government passed against political speech by restraining the amount of money that could be spent on it.

A couple of ironies arise from Clinton’s assault on the First Amendment.

The case involved a group called Citizens United who had produced a movie called “Hillary the Movie” that painted an unflattering portrait of the then senator during the 2008 presidential race.

The courts had prohibited Citizens United from showing the film on TV within 30 days of the Democratic primaries and from advertising it. The group successfully argued that by preventing them from spending money to promote and show “Hillary the Movie” the government was violating their First Amendment rights.

The second irony has to do with the fact that Hillary Clinton is taking full advantage of the new campaign finance regime that she decries in her offering the amendment to overturn Citizens United.

Outside groups have raised $84 million on Clinton’s behalf this election cycle and will likely raise much more before matters reach a conclusion in November. By contrast, outside groups supporting Donald Trump has raised just $3 million.

The push by Clinton to clamp down on Americans’ free speech rights in the guise of campaign finance reform is telling, to say the least. Politicians, as a rule, don’t like to be criticized.

Clinton has come in for her share of criticism during her checkered career. The latest of that kind is another movie, “Hillary’s America,” by Dinesh d’Souza, which purports to tell an unflattering history of the Democratic Party and its role in racism and other forms of discrimination throughout American history, with the personal stories of both Clinton and d’Souza weaved in. D’Souza spent some time in jail for a violation of campaign finance laws that he sees as an example of political persecution and prosecutorial overreach.

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