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User Info Freedom Of Speech: How Quaint; entered at 2010-01-22 12:09:02
Posts: 6146
Registered: 2008-04-23 Pacific Northwest
Confusing The prohibition of using money to buy political favors and positions with free speech is purile.

I am not advocating censorship. Well it is censorship if you think that prohibiting bribery is "censorship". If you think buying a congressional seat is okay, then yes, I am advocating censorship.

If on the other hand, you believe in freedom, then bribery must be illegal and wrong. Regulatory Capture must me illegal and wrong. Freedom of speech is not cart blanche to do whatever you want, as long as you have enough money....

America was not built on that ideal. America was built on the ideal that all men are created equal. Rich men and poor men.

Without giving the poor an equal standing in the podium of political discourse, then we fail as a nation.

And rembember, poor is a relative term. At 7 figures/year, a man is "poor" if you compare him to Wells Fargo.

2010-01-22 12:09:02