Ted Cruz recently penned and excellent article for the WSJ about free speech, and the Senate Democrats who wish to endanger it. Basically, the Democrats want to amend the constitution to overturn the Citizens United ruling, thus giving congress the power to regulate money used for “political advocacy”. On the surface this proposal seems harmless. Its intent is to stop billionaires and corporations from corrupting our democracy by spending huge sums of money trying to influence elections. But the problem with this proposal, and those like it, is not what it INTENDS to regulate, but rather what it would ALLOW to be regulated. Cruz puts it brilliantly:
“Speech is more than just standing on a soap box yelling on a street corner. For centuries the Supreme Court has rightly concluded that free speech includes writing and distributing pamphlets, putting up billboards, displaying yard signs, launching a website, and running radio and television ads. Every one of those activities requires money. Distributing the Federalist Papers or Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” required money. If you can prohibit spending money, you can prohibit virtually any form of effective speech.”
I suggest reading the whole article to hear the rest of Cruz’s simple, articulate, and convincing argument.