Friday, January 22, 2010

Two views on the American citizen.

In the wake of yesterday's SCOTUS ruling against McCain/Feingold...

1.) The American public is smart enough to make the decisions necessary in a democracy (The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board 1/22/2010):
In last year's oral argument for Citizen's United, the Court got a preview of how far a ban on corporate-funded speech could reach. Deputy Solicitor General Malcolm Stewart explained that, under McCain-Feingold, the government had the authority to "prohibit the publication" of corporate-funded books that called for the election or defeat of a candidate.

2.) The American public is too stupid to be entrusted to make the decisions necessary in a democracy (Desperado, Something different, Chron.commons 1/22/2010):
“Under today’s decision, insurance companies, banks, drug companies, energy companies and the like will be free to each spend $5 million, $10 million or more of corporate funds to elect or defeat a federal candidate — and with that power, influence the candidate on issues of economic importance to the companies.”

What those who wish to censor political speech with which they disagree fail to point out is that they judge themselves smart enough to make those decisions. The 'idiot' part is just reserved for anyone who views the world from a different perspective than they.


  1. My CNY(*)0.02 worth: let folks spend as much as they want to on political elections. Donations, "soft money", "issue ads", it doesn't matter. Companies, unions, PACs, churches - doesn't matter. However, candidates/parties have to document all donations received, and if any organization donates/spends money on matters related to political campaigns/lobbying/influencing, they have to document that, as well. And, all such documents are made public.

    (*) CNY - symbol for Yuan, the currency of the PRC. Since within the next few years they will pretty much own US in fee simple, we might as well start changing our thinking to match the new reality, comrade.


  2. I for one welcome our new Chinese overlords. :)


    I agree w/you however, just give me full disclosure. I'm smart enough to figure it out.


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