Thursday, July 12, 2012

Chicago Tribune Citizens United: good or bad?

Chicago PM Monday 2 July 2012

Voice of the people, Chicago Tribune


The Chicago Tribune has three letters [Monday 2 July "What part of 'Free speech' ... ?," "The Supreme Court has stolen the voice of democracy" and  "There are many reasons that Citizens United is bad...."]  taking issue with the Tribune's Tuesday 26 June Editorial "Free speech and political reality."  The writers are obviously serious and well able to express themselves, also most likely regular voters, and thoroughly familiar with the US Constitution, especially its First Amendment beginning "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion...."   But might the writers benefit from carefully rereading how that amendment concludes: "... [Congress shall make no law...] abridging... the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."  Are corporations no more than "people peaceably... assembling?"  And don't some of those assemblies pass the hat to buy a sign expressing an opinion?  And don't some of them sell stock ownership, available for sale to anyone?

Arnold H Nelson

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