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Old 09-16-2012, 07:29 PM   #81
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Originally Posted by Direckshun View Post
Well hey, if you want to rebut the low-hanging fruit ideas, allowing the more potent truths to go undiscussed, than that is your right as a time-wasting American.

Removing limits on the financing of elections empowers the few over the many.

It is anti-democratic. It is anti-productive.

And it is corrosive to a healthy middle class, a minimally subsisting lower class, and really everybody else in the 99% I've neglected to mention.
Feeling charitable and chilling while watching SNF, officially bored of thinking up new ways to express my disdain for the chefs.

Even if one were to grant every single one of your criticisms, you need to realize that your criticism is nevertheless the criticism of the First Amendment itself, not some wacky new idea the SC came up with.

'Money isn't speech' is a snappy slogan. But it elides the issue. To a didact, nothing that doesn't directly involve the passing of air over vocal chords in a purposeful manner isn't speech. Writing isn't speech, flag lapel pins aren't speech, placards aren't speech, mass gatherings aren't speech, colors aren't speech, nor are paintings, sculptures, cartoons, etc., etc. etc.

But the Constitution doesn't say 'Government must allow individuals to speak.' It forbids the government from making any "law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

So the question isn't 'is this speech." It's 'is the government restricting this in an effort to abridge the freedom to speak.' Never in the history of the SC has there been an effort to deny that the expenditure of money to distribute information is the exercise of the right to speak. 'Money is speech' is not something they created, it's something they've never attempted to deny.
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