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  •  I never thought the right to buy politicians (7+ / 0-)

    was guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution.  I wouldn't think the authors of the First Amendment, or the late great Justice Hugo Black who championed the First Amendment, would have agreed.

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 03:51:20 PM PDT

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    •  Pretty sure Justice Black and many other (5+ / 0-)

      former justices turn over in their graves every time this court makes one of these "outstanding" decisions.

      Your left is my right---Mort Sahl

      by HappyinNM on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 04:10:12 PM PDT

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      •  Not Justice Black (2+ / 0-)
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        he was a First Amendment absolutist - I think it was Justice Black who famously said "I read 'Congress shall make no law' to mean Congress shall make no law." He believed that language meant that Congress could not restrict speech at all -- regardless of whether it thought other interests "outweighed" the interest in free speech or not.  

        •  I believe that was actually the other absolutist.. (3+ / 0-)
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          ...Justice on the First Amendment, William O. Douglas, in Superior Films, Inc. v. Ohio (1954):

          The First and Fourteenth Amendments say that Congress and the States shall make “no law” which abridges freedom of speech or of the press. In order to sanction a system of censorship I would have to say that “no law” does not mean what it says, that “no law” is qualified to mean “some” laws. I cannot take this step.
          Justice Black concurred.

          Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

          by Meteor Blades on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 05:44:00 PM PDT

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          •  Actually, I looked it up (1+ / 0-)
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            and I was misremembering a Justice Black quote from Smith v. California, (1959):  "I read 'no law . . . abriding" to mean no law abridging."

            I was correct that Justice Black was a First Amendment absolutist, as was Justice Douglas, as you correctly point out.  

        •  Money is not speech. (0+ / 0-)

          Being ignored is the difference between being a one percenter and an American.--sweeper

          by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 08:06:15 AM PDT

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