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Problem: Soft-Headed Politicians, Not ‘Soft’ Money

In The Wrong Right Turn on 25/01/2010 at 08:32

The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a provision of McCain-Feingold this week came to us gratis Citizens United. John McCain is incensed and, of course, Barack Obama was steamed.

For 100 years the congress has been slowly restricting our rights as voters. This week the U.S. Supreme Court gave a few of them back.

John McCain and Russ Feingold will tell you this is an issue of “soft” money, and even Teddy Roosevelt would undoubtedly concur, were he alive today. And he would be just as wrong as McCain-Feingold. Campaign Finance Reform has never been about money; it is about speech. The right of absolutely anyone in our society to campaign for or against any candidate or cause he or she chooses.

If you have been suitably brainwashed – and John McCain and Barack Obama sure hope you have – you will respond to that statement by saying, “But corporations can influence an election!”

Bravissimo! Take a number and go to the next line where we will decide whether you are qualified to vote: whether you make too much money, whether you belong to an organization that might represent an interest the government deems … Well, let me quote briefly from the Court’s decision:

Justice Anthony Kennedy said, “… a speaker wishing to avoid criminal-liability threats and the heavy costs of defending against FEC enforcement must ask a governmental agency for prior permission to speak.”

Did you understand that? Under McCain-Feingold, corporate campaign donors must ask permission from the Federal Election Commission before they can speak! Which answers the burning question: Why should John McCain retire?

The decision came about as the result of Citizen’s United’s 2007 film “Hillary: The Movie,” a 90-minute walk through the Clinton scandals of the 1990s, scheduled for release during Clinton’s run for president. The Washington Post was quick to point out that the only compliment Hillary received in the film was from “conservative firebrand” Ann Coulter who commented: “She looks good in a pantsuit.” Ann, how dare you?

This week, the Court set the government straight and returned everyone’s rights to support the candidates and causes of their choice.

I’m not going to belabor this issue at length tonight; I’ve sited enough articles here that you can decide for yourself, but campaign finance reform is a clear violation of your First Amendment Right to freedom of speech, which has no constitutional basis in law. And if they can restrict unions – yes, unions – and corporations from exercising that right, they can find a way to restrict you.

The answer to honest elections in this country is transparency. Openness in the electoral process will tell us everything we need to know about the men and women who seek to represent us in government.

Restrictive measures such as Campaign Finance Reform simply drive the crooks underground. When that happens, you wind up with a labor union like SEIU owning a politician like Barack Obama.

Did I mention that Barack is disappointed with the Court’s decision?

  1. I am so glad you are making this clear as many of us really don’t understand what happened….and yes, McCain should retire if over nothing else than not protecting his border!

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