Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Move To Amend Event In Asheville

Individuals have rights. They do not lose those rights when they organize and cooperate in groups; whether a corporation or a union.

"Citizens United dealt a serious blow to the further growth of campaign finance laws, supporters of which are determined and outspoken. But the controversy is shocking from the standpoint of the law at issue: It prevented a nonprofit group from distributing a film that criticized a candidate, Hillary Clinton, during her run for the presidency in 2008. During oral arguments in the case, the government admitted campaign finance laws could be applied to prevent corporations from publishing and distributing not only films but also books that said the wrong things during election cycles. Banning films and books? The First Amendment states: 'Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.'”

"A lot of people (mostly on the left, but often on the right as well) view corporations, 'big business,' and the rich as having power over individuals that is similar to the power that governments possess, which is the power to compel. If you think spending money in voluntary transactions amounts to force, then you are going to want to control that spending, even when the money is used to buy speech that attempts to convince people to vote one way or the other."

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