This is a dang shame.
Generally speaking, I'm all about free speech (hehe, generally "speaking". Get it? (Thank goodness there's no ban on bad puns, huh?)). But that doesn't mean I don't think there should be limits.
If I had just one limit to impose on free speech, I would outlaw cable news channels.
But if I had two, I would limit corporate speech. That corporations (or anything besides individuals) have the right to free speech is a repugnant idea to me. Rights derive from our human nature. They are a function of our humanity and an expression of individualism. Corporations, on the other hand, are legal fictions. They have the privileges and obligations that we choose, through the law, to impose on them. There is no natural right of corporations, no fundamental privilege to which they are entitled. And yet, the Supreme Court, long ago, in a crazy footnote, extended corporations individual rights, and today they expanded the free speech rights of corporations (against long trends towards limiting corporate speech).
This is worrisome. Corporations are now allowed to spend as much money as they want in elections. They already buy politicians, now they can spend even more to make sure the ones they've bought are the ones who get elected. It's a shame. And it makes me think that it's really time for a big overhaul. I honestly believe that a Constitutional Amendment limiting corporations might be called for.
It's a disappointing day. And how about this... it's just one day off from another very disappointing day in court history.
Come on, come on
Listen to the money talk