There Are No Exemptions For Principles

Just over five months ago, the National Rifle Association praised the U.S. Supreme Court decision which removed unconstitutional restrictions on the freedom of speech.

The National Rifle Association praised the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, removing unconstitutional restrictions on the NRA’s ability to speak freely at election time.

Today, the National Rifle Association sold out. They sold out their membership, they sold out the American people, and they sold out the U.S. Constitution.

There has been a steady rise in opposition to the DISCLOSE act, which Democrats have introduced as a response to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizen’s United case. The DISCLOSE Act would aid Democrats in the upcoming election by stifling the political speech of corporations and non-profit lobbying organizations. The DISCLOSE Act would require these entities to perform increased disclosure requirements which will place and additional burden as well as expense at their feet.

Until today, the National Rifle Association stood with Constitutionally minded citizens in opposition to the DISCLOSE Act. Then, in a not-so-strange twist of fate, they sold out.

The new agreement would exempt organizations that have over one million members, have been in existence for more than 10 years, have members in all 50 states, and raise 15 percent or less of their funds from corporations, from the disclosure requirements. The NRA, with four million members, would fall into the exempted category and will not oppose the DISCLOSE Act now, according to Democratic sources.

If your organization is well-established, with a large membership base in all 50 states, then the exemption applies to you.

How many organizations, especially 501(c)(4) non-profit lobbying organizations, have been around more than 10 years, have members in all 50 states, and raise less than 15 percent of their funds from corporations? Exactly. It sounds like this exemption was specifically written to get the National Rifle Association on board.

This isn’t the first time the NRA has sold out the American people, and it probably won’t be the last.

It’s no secret that I cannot stand Wayne LaPierre, the “executive vice-president” of the NRA. I have absolutely no respect for him.

The NRA, under Wayne LaPierre, is a laughing stock. He exploits every tragedy, and much like the White House, he would never let a serious crisis go to waste.

LaPierre’s only concern is to perpetuate the existence of the National Rifle Association. He doesn’t care one iota about the U.S. Constitution, free speech, or you. Today, he proved it.