Congratulations to the US Supreme Court
CITIZENS UNITED v. FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION
From the Opinion [.pdf, Opinion begins Pg 8];
If you’ve never waded through legalese, there is a lot of it here. That said, several blocks jumped out at me, as this one;
“Under our Constitution it is We The People who are sovereign. The people have the final say. The legislators are their spokesmen. The people determine through their votes the destiny of the nation. It is therefore important—vitally important—that all channels of communications be open to them during every election, that no point of view be restrained or barred, and that the people have access to the views of every group in the community.” Id., at 593 (opinion of Douglas, J., joined by Warren, C. J., and Black, J.).
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. The First Amendment confirms the freedom to think for ourselves.
The rest is nicely summarized by the author of Liberty and Tyranny;
George Will’s piece is here;
For almost four decades now, what has been done in the name of “campaign finance reform” has constituted the most dangerous assault on freedom of speech since the Alien and Sedition Acts. This is because the government, by regulating what can be spent in order to disseminate political speech and when political speech may occur, has asserted the astonishing right to dictate the quantity, content and timing of speech about the government.
That people like John McCain of McCain-Feingold fame could somehow find argument with this Opinion would amaze me.
That Chucky Schumer would have a problem with it, not so much. Why does Schumer think the First Amendment was placed first?