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The zealots win again
Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer

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Posted By:Judy W., 4/18/2014 8:53:43 AM

The debate over campaign contributions is never-ending for a simple reason: Both sides of the argument have merit. On the one hand, of course money is speech. For most citizens, contributing to politicians or causes is the most effective way to augment and amplify speech with which they agree. The most disdainful dismissers of this argument are editorialists and incumbent politicians who — surprise! — already enjoy access to vast audiences and don’t particularly like their monopoly being invaded by the unwashed masses or the self-made plutocrat. On the other hand, of course money is corrupting.

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His point is that full disclosure of donors and their donations was seen as the solution. But now we see that this makes it possible for opponents to persecute people, the way Brendan Eich was forced to resign from Mozilla, and some Romney big-money donors exposed, vilified, and audited, etc., etc., etc.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 4/18/2014 9:02:01 AM     (No. 9815446)

If you can´t take the heat...stay out of the kitchen.

Full disclosure is still the answer.

The next level of conflict is......conflict.

Armed conflict.

The left doesn´t really ´do´ democracy.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 4/18/2014 9:06:42 AM     (No. 9815451)

I agree with full disclosure of all donors to political campaigns, but I would like us to go further and do away with the secret ballot.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: krause, 4/18/2014 9:15:12 AM     (No. 9815471)

Why should a poor schlub send $25 bucks to a politician when another guy or organization is giving thousands to get the pol to do something that may be the opposite of what the Schlub hopes for? I can just see the naive uninformed person thinking of giving a few bucks to Harry Reid when the unions and other big players buying a dishonest unethical Harry for their own paid stooge, for all the wrong reasons.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 4/18/2014 9:42:53 AM     (No. 9815520)

Sorry Dr K but less freedom for a ´good cause´ is still less freedom.

If the left are totalitarians then so be it. The only thing that will defeat them is reminding people of that fact and it takes money to do so.

Companies and individuals who don´t have the spine to defend themselves won´t be helped by arcane centralized rules about money.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bluehouse, 4/18/2014 10:03:29 AM     (No. 9815543)

It´s not just those giving money who are being harassed. Where I live people have been harassed for signing petitions to get things on the ballot and now some people are being mocked just for registering to vote as republicans. Meanwhile convicts and dead people show up for same day registration and voting with no id required.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: OhMy, 4/18/2014 10:31:56 AM     (No. 9815582)

Charles makes a good point. Democracy should allow the same level of influence from everyone but that ideal is not working. Money distorts it but so does lying and intimidation by pressure groups. Conservatives can plead that these tactics be made unlawful or use them a few times and get the libs to denounce their use. The laws necessary to give everyone an equal vote are not enforceable. They will all become as hideously complex as the campaign finance laws. Republicans will not even stand up for voter photo ID and getting criminals, illegal aliens and the dead off the voter lists! How will they ever prevail against hard charging RATS who´s very livelihood is tied up with government? The best remedy I can think of is Voter Photo ID giving the franchise only to those who have a net contribution to the treasury in taxes OR a universal sales tax only and a universal franchise. Representation without taxation is also a destructive distortion of democracy.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: K620, 4/18/2014 12:39:09 PM     (No. 9815786)

#4, I don´t think the good doctor was arguing against the right to contribute money but against the requirement to disclose the names of the contributors. Hence his reference to the decades old law that specifically shielded the names of NAACP members. He also referred to targeting by the IRS and the politics of personal destruction, and he favorably quoted Justice Clarence Thomas, who dissented from the disclosure requirement. It is scary times we live in thanks to our leftist zealots and their friends in the MSM.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Blackeagle, 4/18/2014 2:32:14 PM     (No. 9815935)

Seems like donating to a candidate and voting for a candidate are similar and we should be able to do both in secret.

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