Saturday, August 03, 2019
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D.-N.Y., has determined there is too much political speech in the United States coming from sources he cannot abide. So, he stood in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday, along with Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D.-Ill., to announce he is backing Democratic New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall's proposal to amend the First Amendment. The First Amendment -- as it now stands -- includes 10 unambiguous words about freedom of speech. "Congress," it says, "shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech."
It's a good argument, and I like it. But it falls flat on it's face if you understand that money isn't speech. Campaign finance reform doesn't require us amending the Bill of Rights - all it takes is a simple law.
We should go back to straight public funding. I remember the reason they overturned this - some crackpot was getting public funding to run for office. Well guess what, that is the price of freedom.
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