The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 18, 2014

Undemocratic ruling


The Daily Item

— I strongly disagree with the Supreme Court’s recent decision to remove limits on individual contributions to political campaigns, and their equating money with speech.

Political speech does indeed require money, but the effect of corporations and the ultra-rich pouring money into political campaigns is to silence people without huge fortunes. Such speech cannot be protected any more than someone who uses an air horn to drown out someone giving a speech every time he opens his mouth.  

Sheldon Adelson, who financed Newt Gingrich’s run for the GOP nomination in 2012, now wants to be the “kingmaker” in the next GOP primary. This is very undemocratic, if you think about it.

Presidents should be elected by the people, not selected by huge corporations and billionaires. As Bob Dylan said many years ago, “Money doesn’t talk, it swears.”

Peter Whitcopf,

Selinsgrove