Sometimes I talk to my leftie friends and they can't see dangers facing them now. Not to get side tracked, so just one example. Three years ago every Dem from Obama to Hillary said the debt was a crisis. Lefties I talk to can't see that far ahead any more.
That said, you are worried about a flood of foreign money that hasn't started trickling.
Obama is going to raise a billion dollars. And that only counts part of his "war chest." Unions (and others) walk precincts, which is worth a fortune.
TO BE FAIR, the estimate of what the right will raise is also huge, so I am not debating fairness.
On top of that the media has huge power. (I am not talking liberal - all media.) in order to control that a foreign government would have to buy out CBS, FOX, ABC, CNN, NY Time, LA TImes, Drudge, HuffPo, and so on for hours.
WHAT I AM SAYING is that foreign money hasn't started to trickle in and you already see them electing the president. You have reached the bottom of the slope before the first lemming got there.
Finally, opening up the doors doesn't bother me. It is one more person, agency, body, corp, or what ever pouring in more info. There are dozens of governments that would like a say and they all have different views. They will not be pouring in money unilaterally (if they do at all) but as one donation at a time.
The cure to threats against free speech is not to limit it but to encourage more.
Posted By: willywonka4u Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is saying that the Citizens United decision has opened up so many floodgates, that it would allow for foreign entities to give money to Presidential candidates.
Since such entities don't have to reveal themselves, it could be anyone. A business, a NGO, a corporation, or even a foreign government. Can we say Manchurian Candidate?
The Founders were clearly concerned with foreign influence of our government. It is why Article 2, Clause 5 states that "No Person except a natural born Citizen" may be the President or Vice President of the United States.
On July 25, 1787, John Jay, our first Chief Justice, wrote to George Washington saying: "Permit me to hint whether it would not be wise and seasonable to provide a strong check to the admission of Foreigners into the administration of our national Government, and to declare expressly that the Command in chief of the American army shall not be given to, nor devolve on, any but a natural born Citizen."
If we don't want foreigners controlling our government, then why has the Supreme Court legalized allowing foreigners to bribe our government? Does this not pose a bigger national security risk than al Qaeda?