Dear friends of simple, clear communications:
First read this
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
– First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
Now read this
As amended by §203 of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, federal law prohibits corporations and unions from using their general treasury funds to make independent expenditures for speech that is an “electioneering communication” or for speech that expressly advocates the election or defeat of a candidate. An electioneering communication is “any broadcast, cable, or satellite communication” that “refers to a clearly identified candidate for Federal office” and is made within 30 days of a primary election, and that is “publicly distributed,” which in “the case of a candidate for nomination for President . . means” that the communication “[c]an be received by 50,000 or more persons in a State where a primary election . . . is being held within 30 days.”
– Opening summary from the Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (1.21.2010)
Now ponder this
How is it that our society got so far removed from the basic tenets of democracy that we allowed this legislative abomination called "campaign finance reform" to override the simple, noble principles of the First Amendment?
...and rejoice in this
That law has been tossed out by the U.S. Supreme Court, reinforcing not only freedom of speech, but respect for simple, clear language. The Supreme Court has essentially ruled that we the people have written down in our Constitution precisely what we mean and mean precisely what we have written down.