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  •  It's not the presence of speech, it's the volume (1+ / 0-)
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    If everyone has the right to speak in this country, the corollary is that everyone has the right to be heard. SCOTUS has stated that money is speech. How can I be heard if a very few are speaking at a volume two or three (or four or five) orders of magnitude louder than I? I can't. Therefore, removing limits on political contributions is the equivalent of stripping me of my right to speak, because my right to be heard is suppressed. And the power of persuasion of these loudmouths, directed at our elected officials, effectively precludes their ability to hear the rest of us.

    Why do you need to motivate your employees? Didn't you hire motivated people?

    by davelf2 on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 05:07:59 PM PST

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    •  I don't buy that it is a corollary... (0+ / 0-)

      ...that the KKK has a right to be heard by me.

      ...or that the Westboro Baptist "Church" has a right to be heard by me.

      ...or that some dumb idiot down the street has a right to be heard by me.

      They have the right to speak but they have no right to be heard at the same volume as another speaker. There simply is no such right.

      From a practical matter, how can you possibly hear, at equal volume, 300M different opinions (and that's just in the United States)?

      If one person is speaking at volume five, five people can be heard equally speaking at volume one (metaphorically of course - not going to get into human hearing response curves and power vs. perceived volume or how the volume control is marked!). Compelling ideas get exposure to an educated populace due to obvious value of the ideas - esp. now with the expanded power available via the internet and social media.

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