Letter: Time to use our constitutional right
To the editor of THE EAGLE:
It is wrong when the value of my free speech depends on the number of "George Washingtons" that are in my wallet, or even more on point, the number I freely give to a particular politician, group or political cause.
Free speech is just that and everyone’s voice should be equal (whether what you say or express is worth hearing is a completely separate point). If the Supreme Court has and continues to interpret the law (i.e. the Constitution) as providing unlimited spending as a form of free speech, amend the Constitution!
There is a constitutional process for amendments and it has worked for over 200 years, and as our Declaration of Independence recites, this is a government of, for and by the people, and if a government becomes destructive it is our right to alter it (I do not suggest abolish). We are a very rich country, but when that richness warps our right to be heard by our government, it is our constitutional right and responsibility to correct it.
The Supreme Court can declare a law unconstitutional, but it cannot declare the Constitution, or an amendment to the Constitution, unconstitutional! Petition your government. Free speech is free and belongs equally to all of us.
THOMAS J. HAMEL
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