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  •  Sorry, you might need to rephrase your argument (0+ / 0-)

    I'm not following you... Why can't legislators speak on public television? Why would it dissuade donors from contributing to an opponent?

    •  They would be using the advantage (1+ / 0-)
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      radical simplicity

      of incumbency and their official position to amplify their political speech.

      Perhaps that's unethical in its own right and ought to be prohibited. But I think your reasoning would suggest that it is unconstitutional because it might cause his donors to "weigh the consequences for donating or not[.]"

      Heck, what about when the President gives a press conference from inside the White House?

      Ok, so I read the polls.

      by andgarden on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 02:29:07 PM PDT

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      •  still don't really understand (0+ / 0-)

        I still don't understand your argument. My reasoning is that the law stating that if I give 1 more dollar to candidate A then the candidate B gets 1 dollar, is unconstitutional because even though I want to give 1 dollar to candidate A, I might not want candidate B to get the dollar also, and I might be dissuaded from speaking. This is unconstitutional because the government is not allowed to enact policies that limit or dissuade people from speaking.  I fail to see how when an incumbent goes on public tv, it limits or dissuades me from supporting the other candidate. I guess if the incumbent got lots of free supportive airtime every night on that station that would be unconstitutional also, though for different reasons (probably along the lines of using taxpayer money for forced political speech, though I doubt anybody would ever have standing to challenge that).

        •  If you are disuaded from "speaking" solely (0+ / 0-)

          because your desire to suppress the speech of others outweighs, in your mind, the importance of your own speech and its content, then it is not the state restricting your speech, but your own fear of the ineffectuality of your ideas and platform.

          That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

          by enhydra lutris on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 10:17:08 PM PDT

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