Date registered: Sep 2004
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RE: Mysterious indeed, are the ways of The Lord
If you can strip away the party rhetoric, this could be an intersting topic.
How do you legally define and seperate "influence", from "free speech"?
If I find a politician who demonstrates a philosophy similar to my own, and I support him financially becasue he represents my views, that, in my mind is exercising my free speech rights and demonstrating how a representative government works.
If, on the other hand, I give money to a politician, IN ORDER TO CHANGE HIS VOTE, then that, again, in my view, is bribery, or influence peddaling, and wrong.
The trouble comes in how to differentiate between the two.
The Supreme Court has already determined that financial support of politicians is included as part of the first amendment, free spreech, protection.
I don't want to give up that Right. But I do want corrupt politicians out of office, and serving time in prison.
How do we do this?