Free Speech Thought of the Day

Hopefully the Supreme Court will recall the wisdom of one of its own in determining the blatant unconstitutionality of McCain-Feingold…

 â€œ[A] representative democracy ceases to exist,” wrote Blackstone, “the moment that the public functionaries are by any means absolved from their responsibility to their constituents; and this happens whenever the constituent can be restrained in any manner from speaking, writing, or publishing his opinions upon any public measure, or upon the conduct of those who may advise or execute it.”


  1. Tommaso Sciortino
    Apr 30, 2007

    I’m not familiar with the intricacies of McCain-Fiengold but so long as the law limits only what the candidates can spend (if they want to remain eligible for election) I see no problem. After all, we have age limits for running for office – why not limits on how much you’re allowed to accept in donations?

    What really bothers me though is those who harp on the supposed unconstitutionality of certain kinds of campaign-finance reform without actually proposing any alternative. Leaving the system as is only empowers the rich.

  2. Karen of Scottsdale
    May 3, 2007

    It seems you’re quite misinformed on the subject. Please read this previous post to enlighten yourself.