I bet those 5 conservative justices on the Supreme Court who continue to sell out our election process to big corporations and the richest among us didn’t see this coming. Then again, when they ruled that money equaled speech they really should have known that this might open up a can of worms.
Take for instance law professor Jamie Raskin who argued in front of senators that if money equates to speech, then prostitution should be legal. You know, considering that “speech” (aka money and how we spend it) is now protected by our First Amendment.
“Your other point though about money not equaling speech is a critical point for people to understand,” Raskin said. “There are lots of forms of purchase and exchange that we criminalize, for example, buying sex. We don’t say if someone wants to purchase the services of a prostitute, well that is just an expression of their speech.”
He also argued that revoking these laws that seek to prohibit bribery are vital for our government.
Raskin said, “And it’s not clear in their position why, after all, if I just feel very strongly about an issue and I want to give you a thousand dollars or a million dollars to go my way, why shouldn’t you be able to accept it?”
“I think it is because we believe that within the governmental process and electoral process there are right reasons for those who hold public office to make decisions and there are wrong reasons. And a wrong reason is the money you are either going to put into your pocket or huge amounts of money that you’re going to put into your campaign” he continued.
And while he’s absolutely right about these rulings making it easier than ever for big corporations and the rich to buy off and bribe our elected officials, I loved the point he made about prostitution.
Not so much prostitution itself, but the fact that if money is now speech, essentially anything someone wants to buy should now be protected by our First Amendment, right?
After all, isn’t it “an American’s right” to buy sex with their “speech” if they so please? Again, money is no longer money – it’s speech. So you’re technically not “buying sex,” you’re using your First Amendment rights to acquire services.
But that’s the argument this Supreme Court has now allowed to be used in court. If someone is using money to break the law, it could be unconstitutional to charge them with a crime.
Because this Supreme Court, more specifically its 5 conservative judges, have told this entire country that money (and what you do with it) is now protected by the First Amendment.
Watch Raskin’s comments below: