‘Sup With The Lack of Blogging Lately?

Ken AshfordBlogging, Campaign Finance Reform, Supreme CourtLeave a Comment

Oh, a show.  Work.  Life.  Burnout.  All that.

Plus, not a lot to say that is particularly insightful.

Haiti was bad, but I guess everyone knew that.

Scott Brown being elected to the U.S. Senate was bad, but not as bad as everyone made it out to be.  He's a liberal Republican from Massachusetts, which is on a par with a moderate Democrat from any other state.  He's probably to the left of many Senate Democrats, so I wouldn't sweat it out.

Really, the ONLY thing that really struck me as comment-worthy was last week’s ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, where the court declared that corporations and unions may spend money on political advertising that urges the election or defeat of a candidate for public office.  Obama called it one of the worst decisions in the area of public interest; conservatives praised it as a reaffirmation of the First Amendment.

Obama was, of course, right, and conservatives were wrong.  The First Amendment protections of free speech apply to individuals (as do ALL the Bill of Rights).  Remember, we recognize rights as things "endowed by our Creator" to us.  God did not contemplate that the oil lobby would have free speech rights.

I fear that decision will impact our political landscape profoundly and negatively, but there are sound arguments that disagree with me.

Anyway, I'm more-or-less back.  And maybe I'll even have a "guest" contributor soon, too.  So, stay tuned.