Citizens United (again?)
rkessler at sulross.edu
Mon Sep 27 09:19:05 PDT 2010
If it isnt already obvious, it should be by now why The Dems and Left are
against the U.S. Supreme Court's First Amendment decision in Citizens
United, (and voted for the bill which was partly struck down by the Supreme
Court). They are for the First Amendment only when they benefit.
"I want you to understand right now all over this country special interests
are planning and running millions of dollars of attack ads against
Democratic candidates," Obama said at a Democratic fundraiser in New York on
Wednesday. "Because of last year's Supreme Court decision in Citizens
United, they are now allowed to spend as much as they want, unlimited
amounts of money, and they don't have to reveal who is paying for these
ads." Source: LINK
Conversely, it should be obvious why Repubs and the Right are happy with it.
Neither side really cares about First Amendment values.
IMHO anyone who thinks most Americans politicians have any sincere concern
about broad-based First Amendment principles beyond self-interest are
terribly naïve. Part of the problem in this country is that too many
politicians, academics and citizens have no broad-based commitment to the
Bill of Rights. They pick and chose what they like and try to interfere
with those who want to exercise rights they dont like or use those rights
for objectives they dont like. Think critically: Who Benefits either way?
Dr. Ray Kessler
Prof. of Criminal Justice
P.S. Please feel free to check out my blog at
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