Free Speech Wins!

Free speech has finally won. The Supreme Court (probably the most conceited title ever) finally showed some Good Common Sense™ and ruled that corporations have free speech rights, and that restricting their ability to express those rights (using campaign finance laws) is not allowed. In particular, this ruling removes limits on how much corporations can spend when expressing themselves politically.

This makes a lot of sense. Corporations are no different from you and me, and they shouldn’t be restricted any more than you or me. For example, if I wanted to spend $23 million on an ad campaign attacking a candidate I disagree with, I would be allowed to. Everyone has this right, and if they choose not to use it, then that’s their fault. Exxon Mobil should be no different. Like Justice Kennedy said:

“When government seeks to use its full power, including the criminal law, to command where a person may get his or her information or what distrusted source he or she may not hear, it uses censorship to control thought. This is unlawful.”

He’s right. The government should not be allowed to tell us that we can’t hear something, even if it’s slanderous or libelous. That’s why no other speech is restricted. In fact, I plan on celebrating my protected free speech rights as an American citizen the next time I’m pulled over for speeding.

The other reason I’m excited is that this ruling further clarifies the role of the corporation as just another member of this great nation. I don’t expect this to happen soon, but someday (if we’re lucky) corporations will gain their full share of rights and be allowed to vote. And then they’ll be free, at last.

[edit] And to the person emailing me about “one dollar=one vote”, that is ridiculous. Voting is much more precious. -ThomPaine


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