How some Republicans think about free speech

This is an interesting statement:

Barney Keller, a spokesman for the super PAC Club for Growth Action Fund, contends such spending is a pure form of free speech.

“It’s a great thing when people take an interest in the election process,” Keller said. “When you have the speech police . . . writing the rules for who can spend how much and can say what in campaigns, there’s a word for that. It’s called tyranny.”

The whole point of super PACs is to allow a person or corporation to give an unlimited amounts of money. So, in theory, a company like Apple or Exxon or a person like Bill Gates or the Koch brothers could spend as much as the rest of us combined. According to Keller this would be great and trying to stop it from happening is tyranny. Barney Keller for one would welcome our corporate overlords. I, on the other hand, think this has the possibility of distorting democracy so much that it would no longer be real democracy. One of the purposes of the Sherman anti-trust bill was to not allow a company to get too big, because if it did it might distort democracy.

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