"CFR" Re: [FoRK] Michael Moore vs. the Bush Inc. subsidiary
lgonze at panix.com
Thu May 6 19:44:20 PDT 2004
On Thu, 6 May 2004, Gordon Mohr wrote:
> Lucas Gonze wrote:
> > What's the problem with the campaign finance law?
> "Congress shall make no law...
> abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the
> right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition
> the government for a redress of grievances."
> If NRA or ACLU or Viacom or NEA or KKK or NYTimes or
> Richard Mellon Scaife or George Soros wants to use
> a "press" (which includes all forms of mass communication)
> to engage in partisan campaign-related "speech", that
> self-interested club of elected officials known as
> "congress" should not be able to deploy state power to
> prohibit. limit or punish their chosen forms of
This is a naive view of democracy. In practice the prime directive is to
protect the democracy. Given that there are massive imbalances in
available money, to equate spending money with speech means that a few
people will have all the speech, and given that ability to speak is the
backbone of self determination, there will not be a democracy. In fact
this has happened already -- very few of us have a press, and the few that
do have all the speech.
Why not just get it over with and auction the right to vote?
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