Thursday, January 21, 2010

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Okay, people, let's review:

  • Speech is speech. Money is commerce.

  • Citizens are people. Corporations are financial fictions of convenience.

This morning's Supreme Court decision was utterly predictable--ordained, one might even say--given the current composition of the Court (a state of affairs that Senate Dems bargained away any influence over, but let that pass). But it's no less harmful to the republic for that.

I take a back seat to no one in my support of the First Amendment. But whatever it is you don't like about America, I assure you that this will not fix it. Even if you believe that corporations can never be too free, this morning's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission will not make things better. At most it gives that side an ephemeral advantage, since the same ruling took the cuffs off of trade unions and their Communist masters.

Here. Watch this (again).

1 comment:

aodonnell said...

Aren't many news outlets corporations? That being the case, does the First Amendment not apply to them?