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ELECTIONS: Citizens are being disenfranchised

Letter by Dana W. Burt, Tacoma on April 4, 2014 at 11:34 am | No Comments »
April 4, 2014 12:07 pm

Re: “High court ruling lifts lid on campaign donations” (TNT, 4-3).

The recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court is a takeaway from the average citizen with limited means. If money is free speech, then the financially less endowed are immediately put at a disadvantage.

The ability of all citizens to engage in this mockery of the First Amendment is now controlled by how rich or not rich you are. If, as the Constitution says, we are all born equal, then no other consideration of free speech need apply. If we are all born equal, then only non-monetary free speech should apply.

Therefore, paid free speech is not equal to self-expressed free speech. It is also not equal to the need to allow the less well-off citizens to have an equal right to the dissemination of free speech.

The decision is thereby discriminatory. It abides by the presumption that all rich persons and their ability – by there own fortunes – to outspend and out-legislate the less well off is a constitutional right. That is a constitutional wrong. The Supreme Court’s decision is designed by the pervasive psychology of conservative appointees to further a complete split of the haves and the haves less.

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