The Power of Free – Part II

by Dan Ward

Roger Pynn wrote about the Power of Free … how the word “free” is a strong driver of consumer action.

I want to write about the power of Free from another angle … our rights, as individuals and as businesses or associations, to Free Speech.

The Jan. 21 Supreme Court decision striking down portions of the McCain-Feingold Act has been roundly criticized, because it will open the door to increased spending by corporations on political campaigns.

My response?  Deal with it.

The First Amendment is not meant to be convenient.  At times it can be annoying, unpopular, and even disturbing.  But it lays out essential freedoms that help to define who we are as a country.

Many pundits, media organizations and legislators are claiming that businesses do not and should not have the same rights to free speech as ordinary citizens.  I’m not buying it.

“Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press …”

That is not followed by “*this freedom applies only to individuals, and not to businesses, associations, unions or clubs.”  The framers were sparse with their words for a reason.  The freedom of speech is meant to be expansive, not restrictive.

Some are saying that the increased power of corporations to use their wallets to gain air time will drown out the voices of ordinary citizens.  But we as citizens have a powerful right unavailable to any corporation. 

We have the right to a vote … and when we take the time to learn about issues and candidates rather than basing our decisions solely on ad buys and sound bites, nothing speaks louder.

9 Responses to The Power of Free – Part II

  1. […] I am a defender of free speech, HigherPowered is mistaken in his belief that Pitts’ idea would “suspend it when it suits […]

  2. […] I am a defender of free speech, HigherPowered is mistaken in his belief that Pitts’ idea would “suspend it when it suits […]

  3. […] As I wrote here more than three years ago in “The Power of Free – Part II,” the First Amendment is not meant to be convenient.  It is meant to identify essential freedoms that define who we are.  I hope that definition has not changed. […]

  4. I will right away take hold of your rss as I can’t in finding your email subscription hyperlink or newsletter service. Do you’ve any?

    Please let me know in order that I may subscribe.


  5. When I initially left a comment I seem to have clicked
    the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now
    every time a comment is added I recieve four emails with the same comment.
    There has to be an easy method you can remove me
    from that service? Thanks a lot!

  6. Abel says:

    Hi, I do think this is an excellent site. I stumbledupon it
    😉 I may come back yet again since i have bookmarked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change,
    may you be rich and continue to guide other people.

  7. Hi there! This post could not be written any better! Reading through this
    post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept talking
    about this. I will forward this post to him. Fairly certain he will have a
    good read. Thank you for sharing!

  8. I was recommended this website by my cousin.
    I’m not sure whether this post is written by him as no one else know such detailed about my problem. You’re
    amazing! Thanks!

  9. […] not a popular opinion, but I still stand by what I wrote on these pages six years ago in responding to criticism of the Citizens United decision: “deal with it … the freedom of […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: