Maine people should pay close attention when they hear the words “overturn Citizens United.” The attempt to reverse the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision is being cloaked in a popular notion of keeping “dark” corporate money out of politics. Sounds like a great idea… but, as always, it is wise to pay attention to the man behind the curtain.

As usual, the left wing is trying to confuse people by scapegoating greedy capitalists in order to gut the people’s first freedom — the freedom of speech.

If one takes time to read the Supreme Court’s “Citizen United” decision, the Court was primarily concerned with preserving free speech and did not want the government deciding who could speak freely and who could be prevented from speaking.

Corporations are formed and owned by groups of people who invest their capital, at some risk, in an attempt to make a profit. When corporations are denied the opportunity to speak, free speech is chilled.

Where does it stop? First, corporations, then, perhaps, people of Franco heritage? People who belong to a certain political party? People over the age of 30? Only Hillary Clinton?

It is a slippery slope indeed.

The left operates under the banner of incrementalism. A little bite of the apple now, more of the apple later. Soon, just the apple core remains. After the First Amendment, why not the Second Amendment? Why not the Fourth, Sixth and Eighth?

By the way, Lewiston’s City Council supported a resolution to overturn Citizens United.

Bob Stone, Auburn


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