So, just how many hundreds of millions of dollars will be spent this election cycle? Where is all this money coming from? If you were watching MSNBC last week, you learned that half of the money being spent is coming from just 158 families, and the individuals are overwhelmingly older, wealthy, white men.
According to the Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision, this is nothing more than the exercise of free speech. But free speech was never intended to be pro-rated by the size of your bank account. Freedom of speech, or any other right for that matter, does not extend to the point of harming others, or suppressing the rights of others.
And that is not the worst of it. When it comes to politics, there is no such thing as truth in advertising, libel, slander, or defamation of character. For some reason, political advertisements and speeches are exempt from all of that. So, not only can these 158 families control half of the information disseminated during the election, but there is no requirement for truth or facts in that information.
It would be extremely naive to think that the outcome of elections are not strongly impacted by political ads and speeches. So this political “free speech” is really “freedom of deception,” half of which is exercised by just 158 wealthy families, and which harms and suppresses the rights of every voter. How so? Is not a voter deceived the same thing as a right to vote denied?