Despite my dramatic comments in response to my last post, it seems that there is still some level of respect for the constitution of this country (though it is not from the legislators).
The Supreme Court of the United States struck down Vermont’s campaign finance law, ruling it unconstitutional in that it limits free speech.
Attorney General William Sorrell, who championed the law, had this to say,
“It’s not totally unexpected, but it’s disappointing.”
“Why was it not totally unexpected?” you might ask. Why, because the law violated The Constitution. He knew that, but hoped that the Supreme Court would over look that paltry little detail the way Vermont’s courts and politicians have become so adept at doing.
Sorrell also said,
“This is a major disappointment for people all over the country who think there’s too much money in politics.”
No, this is only a major disappointment for people who think there is too much money in politics and think the only solution is subverting The Constitution.
Paul Burns, executive director of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, Had this to say,
“I think it’s a sad day for democracy in Vermont.”
Yes, Paul, upholding The Constitution is sad, indeed. Good ol’ VPIRG. You’ve gotta love those guys.
This law did nothing to preserve democracy. In fact, one could argue that the law is damaging to democracy. The law gives a decided advantage to incumbents and those with established name recognition. I fail to see how limiting the ability of a newcomer to get the message out is good for democracy.
If you ask me, this is a good day for our country and our constitution. It’s about time.