Republicans and Supreme Court are Carrying U.S. to Hell in a Handbasket. — 6 Comments

  1. I agree with you that the immediate aftermath of the decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission will further empower big corporations to interfere with politics, at least in a non-clandestine way. (They never stopped trying to influence elections in a covert manner.)

    However, I disagree strongly that the decision was a bad one. The First Amendment says: “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech or of the press …” Notice that this says nothing about “a person“; it’s a blanket ban on Congress censoring or restricting any kind of speech.

    Civil libertarians on both the left and the right filed briefs for the appellee in this case. Along with all the usual “bad guys,” supporters of Citizens United included the ACLU, the California First Amendment Coalition, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the Center for Competitive Politics, and the AFL-CIO.

    We can’t know the motivations of the Supreme Court Justices. They may well have wanted to favor big businesses over “everyday Americans” — whoever those mythical creatures may be. But I think the Court’s decision was dead-on correct.
    .-= Larry Wallberg´s last blog pithSo Does That Mean I’m Always Right? =-.

  2. You would then favor the right for a corporation to be able to vote? Experts say they are halfway toward getting this right.

    You are splitting hairs when you say corporations are NOT excluded from the First Amendment. The Constitution was written by “we the people…” not “we the people and corporations and unions and other special interest groups…”

    We can’t know the Supremes motivation? Clearly in this instance, we do know.

  3. I’m not saying that a corporation should be construed as a person. I’m just saying that the ban against Congressional abridgement of free speech covers all expression, not only statements uttered or published by individuals.

    But free speech goes both ways. So it’s my right to say that Domino’s pizza sucks — regardless of its founder’s politico-religious views. Let’s get Indian take-out instead.
    .-= Larry Wallberg´s last blog pith“No Law” Means No Law =-.