In Case You Missed It: Baltimore Marathon Photos
NewsOpinionReaders Respond

What world does the Supreme Court live in?

Antonin ScaliaJohn G. Roberts, Jr.

Having read your recent editorial about the Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on campaign finance limits ("Another blow coming to campaign finance reform," Oct. 7), here's what I would tell the justices:

To Justice Antonin Scalia: Who do you think is going to be invited to a dinner with unlimited access to a candidate over the course of an evening — the 70,000 people who each gave $50, the 7,000 who each gave $500 or the one person who gave $3.5 million?

Don't you think $3.5 million is a heck of a lot of money? It seems to you fanciful to think that candidates will feel indebted to big donors? What world do you live in? A justice of the Supreme Court of the United States of America so removed from reality as to be able to make statements such as those quoted above lives in rarefied circumstances, indeed.

To Chief Justice John Roberts: I consider $50 a "modest" contribution; how would you define a "modest" contribution? Would it seem fairer to you if, instead of making one contribution of $3.5 million to one candidate or political group, that person made seven "modest" contributions of $500,000 to each of seven candidates or groups? Or perhaps, 70 "modest" contributions of $50,000 each? Where would you draw the line, above which contributions become threats to the functioning of our political process?

To all the justices: You've already done your best to undermine the democratic process with the Citizens United ruling; continue down this road and see what happens to an oligarchy when all those people for whom $3.5 million is unimaginable wealth become completely disenchanted and irritable.

Diana C. Schramm, Baltimore

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
Antonin ScaliaJohn G. Roberts, Jr.
  • What would a GOP Senate mean? Following the law
    What would a GOP Senate mean? Following the law

    A Republican U.S. Senate would mean the nation can get back to following the Constitution ("What a GOP Senate would mean," Oct. 13). The present Senate and administration have been ignoring our Constitution since Barack Obama became president.

  • Just six months to Opening Day
    Just six months to Opening Day

    After the red-hot Kansas City Royals completed a four-game sweep of the Orioles in the American League Championship Series, I'm still flaunting my team colors. For the first time in my life I can say I'm proud to be an Orioles fan ("There's no joy in Baltimore," Oct....

  • Teach math like the military does
    Teach math like the military does

    Three cheers for teacher Michael Hensley for trumpeting a serious educational problem and suggesting a solution ("Howard County's math failure," Oct. 13).

  • Condom flap reveals childish school board
    Condom flap reveals childish school board

    Recently, I've been heartbroken watching current Howard County Board of Education leaders damage the sacred trust in a school system that I love so much. What a difference between the current school board leadership and the amazing educators, students, administrators, volunteers and...

  • Fracking's risks are manageable, so what's the holdup?
    Fracking's risks are manageable, so what's the holdup?

    Your recent editorial argued that "the longer we wait before embracing fracking, the better informed we will be" ("Fracking still worrisome," Oct. 7).

  • Ups, downs tough on older O's fans [Letter]
    Ups, downs tough on older O's fans [Letter]

    OK, so the Orioles are done in 2014 ("After season ends, Orioles' pending free agents set sights on the future," Oct. 16). Let's assume they make the payoffs next season. So what's a guy like me to do at the age of 78, a dedicated O's fan since 1954 who goes to...

Comments
Loading