We're silencing no one. That wealthy citizen can say whatever he wants to. He can even run for office. It's just that I, the hiring manager/voter, should bear the costs of seeking out that employee, rather than just hiring the one who throws the most cash at me.
I don't care if you disagree with me, regardless of education. I care if you espouse such puerile clap-trap, because it's to the detriment of the great majority of Americans, and encourages a self-destructive view of our society. One can know a wealth of things and still miss the forest for the trees.Grow up and quit whining about paying taxes. I don't like it either - but it's necessary, and better than the alternative (Somalia)
Grow up and realize that there are people who are as well-informed as you who disagree with you. Better-informed, even.
No it is not. It is exchanging monetary value for the value of their actions. Political speech is actually saying "I like so and so because of this, this and this".Donating money to politicians or to political action groups is clearly political speech.
No. I voluntarily live in this country and enjoy the benefits of its public services. If I find that the benefits of living under this government no longer justify the taxes I pay toward it, I will attempt to change it, or move elsewhere.And you make exchanges voluntarily. Do you see where the problem of using taxpayer money to fund candidates might be?
One of those benefits is being able to choose my public servants, since I, along with my fellow citizens, am the ultimate source of political power in this country. However, if the agreement changes to where I was required to fund the selection process, I would find this fundamentally just, because having someone else fund that process would give them undue influence over those servants, taking away that political power from me.
No one is restricting your ability to profess political beliefs. Bribing politicians is not protected by law, unless it's in the form of campaign contributions.Murdering someone is not protected by law. Professing political beliefs is. Faulty analogy.
So why should they have influence over the collective decision-making body of society as a whole?The interests of shareholders can mirror the interests of society at a whole. Does it always? Of course not.
Yes they do. Let me repeat that: Yes. They. Do. That is the fundamental philosophical framework for our political system - that our representatives derive their power from the consent of the governed to represent the governed.But neither does governmental interest. That's the whole point. It is NOT in everyone's interest to fund political candidates. They DON'T represent all of us.
This is the core weakness of the libertarian belief system, that government in our society is an oppressor imposed upon us by someone else, and that it always will be that way. It is not - government is US. It is the embodiment of the collective will of We The People. Therefore, if it becomes destructive to that collective will, we have the right, if not the duty, to alter or abolish that form of government. By its very nature, our government does represent all of us. That doesn't mean we all have to agree with it.
Sure, but I'm not paying for them, I'm paying for the process. Don't you see the difference? Candidates don't just get a lump sum they can just keep - they've got to spend that money on the election alone.Many candidates represent policies that are abhorrent to Americans.
I'm glad you like Senator Coburn so much. Too bad most people like public services.Where does being an asshole come in? If I found a candidate who came out and said, "I am not going to be fighting for more tax dollars to come to our district; I am going to fight to decrease the amount of taxes taken from your paycheck and every other paycheck in this country," that would be about the least asshole-ish statement in government history.
The claim of moral superiority is ultimately the refuge of the powerless. The powerful point to results.Taking care of your friends is nice. Putting any and all principles aside to do so is moral weakness.