This Is Ridiculous: Freedom Of Speech Has Nothing To Do With Money

supreme-court-moneySince the most recent Supreme Court ruling that further opens the floodgates to more corrupt money finding its way into our political process, the debate over this issue has been on the forefront of many politics related debates.

Apparently the five conservative Supreme Court justices saw this as a “freedom of speech” issue, which was the argument made by those who challenged this in court in the first place.

To them I say bullshit.  Our right to free speech has nothing to do with money.

Freedom of speech is freedom of speech.  It was never meant to be about money.  That’s ridiculous.  Can someone logically explain to me how money and speech are the same thing?

If money is speech that instantly means that speech is no longer free.  It also means that “liberty” and “freedom” are now on the auction block for those who have the most money to buy it.  Because that’s exactly what happens when you say that money equals speech.  By doing that you’re giving those with the most money the loudest voices.

Both conservatives and liberals have one unifying belief – our government is corrupt.  The difference being liberals seem to understand what corrupts our government while conservatives seem to want to hand over more power to those who are corrupting it.

When a conservative professes their distrust for government, why is it they think that government is corrupt?  Well, that answer is simple – money.  It’s PACs, lobbyists and special interest groups funneling millions of dollars into campaigns hoping buy the right politicians who will do their bidding.

Now, the answer to this isn’t the conservative answer of “let’s get rid of big government.”  By deregulating and removing many of our laws all you’re really doing is cutting out the middleman for those who have been corrupting our government.  That’s what never makes any sense to me about these “small government” people who blame the government – but not the corrupt money that’s behind almost every problem we have in government.

And this is their next move, to try to claim money equates to free speech.  By trying to equate money to speech, they can then use our First Amendment to buy whatever they want.  After all, you can’t violate their “free speech” (aka buying elections) can you?

It’s the one issue both sides should agree on.  Money is the problem in politics.  But these rich bastards have successfully bought out the conservative side of the Supreme Court and have managed to do the one thing that’s assuredly going to send this country to complete collapse – they’ve managed to put a price on speech.

Money has always been a problem in politics, even with the laws we once had.  But this Supreme Court is doing everything it can to make the problem even worse.

Because there’s no way any sane person can honestly believe that more money being funneled into our political system is good for this country.

What the Supreme Court has now said is it’s no longer a matter of free speech, but how much speech you can buy.  And that’s absolutely terrifying.

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • strayaway

    Alan Keys had a suggestion which would partly address the problem of big money flooding politics. He supported limiting contributions to natural persons. In other words, corporations, unions, churches and other organizations would have to stop passing the hat for their favorite candidates. This would only solve part of the problem but would be a step in the right direction although even that might be more difficult to do now that SCOTUS ruled that corporations are persons.

    I had a conversation about campaign funding regulations with my former state senator, a Democrat. He was pessimistic that campaign funding regulations would do much good because money was porous. His opinion was that money would flow around regulations.

  • Sandy Greer

    And Conservatives are afraid Liberals ‘pack’ the courts…

    I agree: Money is a real problem in Politics; I don’t like the decision, either. Nor the one that Corps are People.

    But I do NOT agree that “rich bastards have successfully bought out the conservative side of the Supreme Court”.

    ^^^Easy to make such a charge. Harder to accept that differences of opinion are real, and held just as dearly as our own. Disappointed as I am with this decision, I don’t assign base motives to my opponents, and do NOT conclude they were “bought out”.

  • terry63

    I saw Nancy Pelosi, complaining about Campaign finance. She had her raise the minimum wage button on her lapel.Dont be fooled, these people are all the same. Politics is money, money is politics. These people go to Washingtomn for Power , Money and Fame. If they are not that way when they get there, they soon will be. Most are not there for you and I. Take Fienstien for instance, She really didnt mind the NSA targeting the common citizen, but when she found out they were reading her mail! Oh Boy, she went postal! They are all the same, The Dem’s are just much better at placing blame on the Repubs who have become a sorry bunch. I say fire them all, start over.

  • Kim Serrahn

    When the top 400 people in this country have more money than the bottom half who in their right mind is not going to agree that money is power and power can be bought, case in point Tammany Hall. New York politics was bought by those with money and not for the good of the people but for their own ends. Money is now the new freedom of speech.