The Passing Parade: Cheap Shots from a Drive By Mind

"...difficile est saturam non scribere. Nam quis iniquae tam patiens urbis, tam ferreus, ut teneat se..." " is hard not to write Satire. For who is so tolerant of the unjust City, so steeled, that he can restrain himself... Juvenal, The Satires (1.30-32)

Saturday, December 13, 2003

MCCAIN-FEINGOLD, or the Incumbency in Perpetuity Act

1791: Bill of Rights adopted, including this bit:

"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.

1976: Buckley v. Valeo: The United States Supreme Court says that campaign contributions are free speech.

2003: McConnell v. Federal Election Commission: The United States Supreme Court upholds those parts of the McCain-Feingold Act that prevent organizations from making known their political views or what candidates they support in the weeks leading up to an election.

Freedom of speech, folks; well, it was just a fad, anyway.



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