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Nader: “The Case Against Corporate [Oh, and ALL] Speech”

In today’s Wall Street Journal, Ralph Nader rips into the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in about the most disingenuous and outright dishonest ways possible, conveniently failing to go all the way in disclaiming what can only be fairly, and without hyperbole, called his own totalitarian stridency on campaign-finance reform.

Nader doesn’t mention in his tirade against corporate involvement in U.S. elections that he doesn’t want anyone to be able to contribute anything to political campaigns ever. That’s important context, don’t you think? Because you can’t on the one hand argue that corporate political involvement is unconstitutional, and then, on the other hand, conveniently dismiss the Constitution altogether in your defense of barring even individuals from campaign contributions. It’s clear, then, that Nader doesn’t root his opposition to corporate involvement in anything stronger than … well, his own ability to get people to believe he actual cares about the United States Constitution.

Who is this guy kidding? And why did the Wall Street Journal dignify him with space on their pages? When I’ve submitted articles for consideration to their editorial board on behalf of my congressional bosses over the years, I’m typically asked to go back and have my boss flesh out this or that argument or to proleptically address this or that potential criticism. Why didn’t the WSJ editors kindly ask Mr. Nader to reconcile his opportunistic (they could have left that word out, I guess) constitutional defense of barring corporate involvement with his unconstitutional defense of barring everyone?

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  1. February 10, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Hello, I like your post. I’m not a fan of Nadar, and won’t argue in his favor. However, in fairness to him, your post basically says he’s wrong without explaining why, just a vague accusation of hypocracy.

    Since you were discussing Nadar’s view, here’s my own.

    http://politicalbooks.us/2010/02/10/the-citizens-united-decision-was-bad-behavior-impeach-chief-justice-roberts/

    I’d like to kno what you think.

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