The Left likes big government. But they apparently hate democracy Why else would they contend that those affected by government shouldn’t have the right to participate in the process of electing those who run the government?
Characteristic of this viewpoint, after the Supreme Court’s campaign finance opinion David Kirkpatrick complained in the New York Times:
The Supreme Court has handed a new weapon to lobbyists. If you vote wrong, a lobbyist can now tell any elected official that my company, labor union or interest group will spend unlimited sums explicitly advertising against your re-election.
“We have got a million we can spend advertising for you or against you – whichever one you want,’ ” a lobbyist can tell lawmakers, said Lawrence M. Noble, a lawyer at Skadden Arps in Washington and former general counsel of the Federal Election Commission.
Shock! Who would imagine that, in a democracy, legislators who vote to tax or regulate someone might be opposed in an upcoming election? Instead, apparently we should treat politicians like Vestal Virgins, beyond reproach or criticism.
In fact, the last thing anyone should want is to allow incumbents to decide how and how much they can be criticized by their opponents. Thankfully five members of the Supreme Court understand that the First Amendment protects robust political speech.