First Amendment upheld |

First Amendment upheld

The Supreme Court has protected us from moving toward totalitarianism. The ruling that all of us, including corporations, are entitled to spend money on political speech for or against a candidate upholds free speech rights of the First Amendment.

Joseph Kennedy emphasized that “Because speech is an essential mechanism of democracy – it is the means to hold officials accountable to the people – political speech must prevail against laws that would suppress it by design of inadvertence.”

McCain-Feingold also had allowed full political speech for corporations that own media outlets. All other corporations and unions had been forbidden to speak or inform on the same issue. Now they, too, are free to spend money on political speech.

The government had the power to ban the hiring of a writer by a union or corporation to write a book promoting their views and candidates, a publisher from printing the book, a bookseller from selling the book, and interested citizens from learning their views. If we support laws that prohibit the speech of any individuals, unions or corporations we lose freedom. I fully believe that citizens are able to make informed decisions as to what candidates or issues to support.

Lynn Lorenson

Nevada City

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