Today’s L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:
Re “Justices to hear donor limits appeal,” Feb. 20
Once again the U.S. Supreme Court is going to hear a case that could further erode campaign contribution restrictions and chip away at what’s left of the lofty ideal of free speech.
Freedom of speech is an egalitarian concept. It was clearly intended by the Founding Fathers to ensure that each citizen has a voice and to act as a check on the concentration of power. To say spending money on campaigns is speech, as the Supreme Court has done (and, I fear, may well do again) is to contravene the intent of our founders, an intent the court’s conservatives speak of reverently while they act to undo it.
The court’s version of free speech allows the voices of the wealthy few to drown out the multitude’s.