Letters: McCutcheon decision equals corruption of free speech in America

Free speech in America just got a whole lot more expensive. First it was Citizens United v. FEC, declaring corporations to be people with the right to spend as they please in our election campaigns. Now we have McCutcheon v. FEC, removing all restrictions on individual campaign giving. Keep in mind that most states elect their judges, so it is not just our voting booths but our court houses that are now up for sale to those with the deepest pockets. If the Supreme Court is correct, and money is as good as speech, well, corporations and wealthy individuals can now speak louder and longer than the rest of us, and right into the ears of those in power. Just this week, 13 Wisconsin communities voted overwhelmingly for what the vast majority of Americans have already said they want, every single time they’ve been asked. They voted for what we need sooner than yesterday. They want a Constitutional Amendment that would state two simple and essential truths: that corporations are not people and that money is not free speech.

Suzanne Searle, via email

If money equals speech, than the 1 percent with the most money in this country will be able to drown out the speech of the 99 percent who have far less money to “speak” with. Is that fair? Is it really what our founders envisioned — that the rich should control the government?

Sheree Sano, via email


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