2010-02-19 / Letters

Money Breeds Corruption

Dear Editor,

Over the past fifty years, many well meaning Americans have believed that money brings corruption to politics. In their desire to keep the American political system free from the perceived taint of big money, they have passed many laws restricting donations, defining allowable donations and deciding in what legal forms donations may be made. During this period of time, the money going into political campaigns has increased exponentially. In fact, if the amount of money in politics is any indication of corruption, the Obama presidential campaign would have to be considered the most corrupt in history, by far. I don’t think that most of the detractors of the recent Supreme Court decision would agree with that proposition, for the very good reason that it is certainly not provably true. If money didn’t cause corruption in that case, why should we assume it to cause corruption in others?

The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States is very clear on the subject “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech or of the press.” Well meaning individuals may truly believe that their wisdom exceeds the wisdom of our Founders, but absent a Constitutional Amendment, they have no right or authority to substitute their preferences, no matter how well informed or well meaning, for the obvious written intentions of the Founders. What part of “Congress shall make no law” don’t you understand?

BOB ISRAEL

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