The article What’s Attorney General Holder Hiding? relates to two chapters in Preserving Democracy, 4 – The Rule of Law and 6 – The Breakdown of Voting. In fact, it ties in with other chapters as well, dealing with the media especially.
This is a troubling situation. As Elgin notes at the conclusion of chapter 6:
Voting should be treated as the important cornerstone of democracy that it is. We should do everything we can to protect and preserve it with the goal that not only should every vote be counted, but also that every vote that is cast is legally cast by an eligible voter; a voter who is given an actual choice in the process. — p. 173
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Some nice notes on the just passed “Disclose” act from Hot Air. It’s free speech apparently only if it favors the right people.
According to CQ Politics, the current version of the new campaign finance bill is splitting Democrats in the house, and well it should.
But what is most important to note here is the fatal flaw in campaign finance reform–the fact that it is crafted by politicians pursuing their interests. That is the value of free speech–it cuts in every direction. With this bill politicians try to balance the free speech rights of unions vs business, the NRA vs other interest groups, and particular politicians and their desire to please (or displease) other interests.
That is the genius of the constitution as written: Free speech for everyone, especially in the political sphere.
From Preserving Democracy, page 153 of the new paperback edition:
Thus our system of government was set up as a republic, where we vote, not on issues directly, but for representatives, who would then cast votes for us. Yet representative democracy has its dangers as well. If the representative does not represent the will of the people the system breaks down.
But now we have representatives decided which people they should represent.