Letter of the Day
This comes from Evan Coyne Maloney at Brain-Terminal.com...
The New York Times is on the receiving end of a very good point:
To the Editor:
In “The Court’s Blow to Democracy” (editorial, Jan. 22), you strenuously disagree with the proposition that “corporations are just like people and entitled to the same First Amendment rights.”
Every day, The New York Times Company exercises its First Amendment right to engage in political speech. Today, it expresses its desire to deny that right to most other corporations.
The Constitution does not permit the government to criminalize speech based on the identity of the speaker. If any corporation has First Amendment rights, all corporations must have First Amendment rights.
Adam J. Kwiatkowski
Baltimore, Jan. 22, 2010
The writer is a lawyer in private practice.
NOTE FROM MR. EYE®: In my humble opinion, the Left is simply outraged over the Supreme Court's decision, because it upsets the "delicate" power balance that has been in place for the last 100 years. Since the Tillman Act was passed in 1907, corporations have been barred from contributing to political campaigns. The Act was later extended to cover labor unions, but somehow (as you well know) the unions have managed to get around those provisions.
So here is the "delicate" power balance that I was referring to:
On the Left -- a near-monopoly of Liberal media outlets controlling the news, in lockstep with a near-monopoly of unions funneling cash to Liberal candidates.
On the Right -- muzzled corporations and individuals.
No wonder the Liberals are frantic. With the Supreme Court's latest ruling, the balance of power might almost be getting near to "fair and balanced". God forbid!
/sarcasm mode = "off"