Hooray for free speech! (That was sarcasm.) The Supreme Court today ruled that free speech means corporations can buy all the political advertising they want, or words to that effect.
So pained am I by the news that I can’t bring myself to read the details of the decision. But if one assumes the news media at least have the basics right, I take it to mean a corporation, apparently, has the same free speech rights that any individual has under the Constitution.
That’s nuts. A corporation is not a person. A corporation isn’t financed like an individual and doesn’t think like or speak like an individual.
All I can see now for future elections is wall-to-wall corporate-financed advertising the like of which we have never seen. The lobbyists and special interests have just been handed the keys to the kingdom. The little guy won’t be able to get a word in edgewise.
Hope I’m wrong. Hope I’m waaay off base on the whole thing. But at the moment, I don’t see how this can be a good thing.