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Congressman McGovern (D-Mass.): “I Think The Constitution Is Wrong.”
Posted By Matthew Vadum On October 15, 2010 @ 1:00 pm In NewsReal Blog | No Comments
Rep. Jim McGovern‘s (D-Mass.) contempt for America’s great national charter came out into the open during a candidates’ debate. According to this radical left-wing lawmaker (who belongs to the socialist-dominated Congressional Progressive Caucus) the Constitution is “wrong.”
Amazingly, this statement did not automatically disqualify him from serving in Congress.
McGovern’s comment came in response to a question about the Citizens United v. FEC decision that was a ringing endorsement of the First Amendment. The decision struck down the McCain-Feingold law’s ban on corporations spending money advocating the election or defeat of candidates within 30 days of a primary election and 60 days of a general election. The decision was a simple recognition that businesses have the right to participate in the democratic process.
Here’s the full quotation:
We have a lousy Supreme Court decision that has opened the floodgates, and so we have to deal within the realm of constitutionality. And a lot of the campaign finance bills that we have passed have been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. I think the Constitution is wrong. I don’t think that money is the same thing as human beings.
McGovern’s answer is ridiculous on so many levels. Human beings own corporations. Human beings work for corporations. Corporations are allowed to lobby Congress yet they had not been allowed to run political ads in the lead-up to an election. If you are allowed as an individual to spend money on politics, why shouldn’t you be allowed to spend money on politics if you organize yourself into an association or corporation? McGovern’s response makes no sense.
The First Amendment protects freedom of association. Corporations are considered to be artificial ”persons,” under the Constitution. In law, real living human beings are sometimes referred to as “natural persons.” All “persons” are protected by the Constitution so to deny corporations the right to spend their money as they see fit would be to deny these “persons” their fundamental rights.
Besides, it is impossible to prevent corporations from spending money on electoral politics. Corporations (and individuals) that want to use their financial resources during election cycles will always find a way. For every so-called loophole that is closed, another one opens.
The hostility of McGovern and other radicals to corporate free expression is rooted in their hatred of the capitalist system. DiscoverTheNetworks suggests that left-wingers have a more sinister motive for stamping out corporate free speech:
Historically, Republicans had enjoyed a 2-1 advantage over Democrats in raising hard-money contributions from individual donors. Democrats had relied much more heavily on “soft-money” contributions from large institutions such as labor unions.
That’s it in a nutshell.
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