To the Senators McCain and Feingold and to every Congressman, Senator and to the President of the United States who voted for this insanity, I have one simple and clear thing to say: Money is money and Speech is speech.
If you don't like being chastised in the last moments of a campaign, then perhaps you should run a bit harder to force your opponents to use such slurs *earlier* in the campaign. Or prove them RIGHT about you.
Too much political advertising by large corporations on television? Care to tell me exactly what is *wrong* with that? So long as they honestly step forward and put their NAMES on the garbage they shovel out, that should be THAT.
Accountability of speech is ONE thing and should be upheld by every American as a responsibility.
Denying speech is a step towards LOSING freedom of speech.
Perhaps you need a refresher on this. Let me point out a bit that will help:
Amendment IA little document called the First Amendment to the Constitution that was gathered into the first block of 10 Amendments known as The Bill of Rights. As far as I can see political advertising AGAINST individuals is *not* breaking the peace.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Note who HAS these rights reserved to them: The PEOPLE.
Not political parties.
Not 'the press' as it is The People who have the right to the press.
There is one, and only one, 'answer' to speech: MORE OF IT!
And perhaps, just perhaps, if you want to be seen as taking the 'moral high ground' in a campaign, the answer is NOT to quash free speech, but to RUN a campaign that TAKES that high ground. If you do THAT then last minute attacks will be seen as the slime slinging that it IS. Unless both parties DO IT.
Then you BOTH are guilty of slinging slime.
If you want an untarnished reputation, may I suggest doing good works for a Church or other fine religious institution.
The American People do NOT elect Saints to office as those have problems dealing with the REAL WORLD.
And perhaps we are tired of electing Third Class Scoundrels into office and would prefer to elect some First Class Scoundrels as replacements!
They would not fear speech as those of you who VOTED for this insanity do. Really First Class Scoundrels can give it as good as they get it. You folks obviously are afraid of such.
With good reason.
Because you are not worthy of the Offices you hold nor the Constitution you all Swore and Oath to uphold and DEFEND.
A First Class Scoundrel *loves* a good fight as it gives them a chance to sharpen their skills, may the BEST Scoundrel Win!
To those of you who voted against this: My thanks for being the BEST SCOUNDRELS YOU CAN BE in Defending the Constitution.