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The Supreme Court Has Spoken - now it's your turn (part 2)

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Middle Ground co-host Michael Charney:

"The decision surrounds itself in irony.  The neo-conservatives argue repeatedly that nothing could ever be worse than activist judges, and yet both this decision and the Citizens United decision before it represent an activism likely unprecedented, skewing, as it does, the very foundation of what free speech has historically come to mean.

"The result is a ruling that upholds the constitutionality of free speech yet reinforces exactly the opposite effect. We, as a nation, are rapidly moving from “one person/one vote” to “one dollar/one vote.” Lawrence Lessig, in a March 2012 article in The Atlantic, noted that, as of that time, 80% of the money donated to SuperPACs came from less than 200 people."

And, from Coffee Party Executive Director Debilyn Molineaux:

"If the media would provide "free advertising" to each entity or person who requested it, then we might actually have free speech in politics. Right now, it’s more of an auction atmosphere.  ...Not every person who organizes within a corporate entity is a citizen of the United States.  This allows foreign investors, who likely have profit motives, rather than civic investment motives, "free speech" rights in our electoral process. They may not get to vote in the election itself, but their influence will be felt."

 

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