There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
A political Ad being dishonest!? We must call Superman! Isnít dishonestly in the definition of a political Ad?
'The whole universe is going to die!'
... not really... corporations an unions were never banned from independent expenditures on all electioneering communications... they were free to spend as much as they wanted on newpapers ads and published media... they were only banned from doing so pertaining to TV and radio, and similar media... which, to me, created a rather arbitrary limit on an existing right.No, let's be honest what that ruling did. It gave corporations the right to do it. You and I always had the right to say whatever we wanted. McCain-Fiengold was a bad idea, but the ruling is worse.
they had ot do it that way, or else newpapers and print media couldn't be in the business of electioneering ( as they have been since our inception)
you had the odd environment of allowing certain corporations full speech rights ( media), while barring certain ,arbitrary, aspects of other corporations and unions speech rights... it was quite simply, bad, unconstitutional, law... and it never worked as advertised... as evident by the ever increasing amount of electioneering communications and independent expenditures.
it had the potential to be worse before 2002... why wasn't it worse then?And this is where I know you are just reading far too much into my comments. I never once said/implied that speech should be controled. All I said was that negative campaign has the potential to get worse because of the overturn of McCain-Fiengold.
had it been "better" between the years of 2002 and 2010, i could almost understand why folks have the fears they do... but it wasn't better... negative ads/electioneering expenditures were more prevalent under McCain Fiengold than they were before it...
in any event, i'm ok with negative ads... i have no problem with them overall.
if there are lies and untruths, then we can address them , but there is nothing wrong with negative campaign ads as an institution.
I think it's dishonest, but it doesn't cross the line or go beyond what typical politicians say/do.
Tired of elections being between the lesser of two evils.When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser. -Socrates
Corporations, along with any other non-human group, have always had free speech rights until McCain-Fiengold put a limit on some of those rights in 2003. CU simply overturned that law, restoring an existing right that corporations already had. And CU did not in any way declare that this right was based on corporations being "people" either. That issue was not a part of the decision.
"Yes I read the 9th [amendment]. It doesn't say **** about abortion." -Jamesrage