More Campaign Finance Reform Follies. . .

Unbelievable. Now this abomination! Forget the PATRIOT Act handwringing. McCain-Feingold turns its regulatory head to preventing the Sierra Club (and other groups like the NRA) from political advocacy in a (hopefully still) free country. Personally, I loathe Greendom and all its works, but they have or ought to have an equal and unfettered right to campaign for the rights of fish and chlorophyll against any political candidate they don’t like.

A strange system -- the First Amendment, the Supreme Court has just ruled, protects one's right to spend limitless wealth to put sexual imagery on the internet, though children might readily access it, but an organization of people of common viewpoint who peacefully assemble to petition their government for redress of grievances cannot spend even limited wealth to advance their political opinion about who should run the country, because that's not what's meant by free speech. A last strand of hope makes me refuse to say: only in America.

Posted by Matthew Hogan at July 1, 2004 3:56 PM