Monday, February 01, 2010

The Supreme Court's campaign finance decision

Reproducing my letter to editor, because I'm too lazy to write anything new:

A number of letters on Jan. 26 denounced the recent Supreme Court decision on campaign finance reform in strident, near-hysterical terms. Apparently, democracy in the U.S. is dead for all time, to be replaced by an all-powerful corporate-run government.

What the writers had in passion, though, they lacked in reason. The Court's decision simply upheld the right of organizations to influence the political process, which is the heart of the Bill of Rights. I have a question for the people upset by this decision: Are you aware that 28 states already allow what the Supreme Court just legalized — independent expenditures by corporations? Are these states less democratic than the more regulated ones? The sky is not falling.

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