Flashback: Cruz Slams Effort to Repeal First Amendment

September 8, 2014

"For over two centuries, Congress has not dared to mess with the Bill of Rights," Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) said to the Judiciary Committee in June.

"This amendment here today, if adopted, would repeal the free speech protections of the First Amendment."

The Texas senator then outlined what he believed the fallout of the proposed change to American's free speech would entail.

"This amendment, if adopted, would give Congress absolute authority to regulate the political speech of every single American with no limitations whatsoever," Cruz said.

Cruz slammed his Democratic colleagues who have signed on in support of altering the First Amendment.

"When did elected Democrats abandon the Bill of Rights?" he asked.

"Forty-two Democrats have signed their name to a constitutional amendment that would give Congress the power to muzzle Planned Parenthood and the National Right to Life.

"Forty-two Democrats have signed their name to giving Congress the right to muzzle the Sierra Club, to muzzle the the National Rifle Association and the Brady Center on Handgun Violence. To muzzle Michael Moore and Dinesh D’Souza. To muzzle the Teamsters and the National Education Association. To muzzle the NAACP. To muzzle the Anti-Defamation League. To muzzle pastors and priests and rabbis who organize their parishioners to be involved in politics.

"The senators who put their name to this bill should be embarrassed," Cruz said.