Having learned of yet another electoral blow to the have-nots by the Supreme Court, I am led to imagine this: As I stand before a vast audience next to, say, Bill Gates, and we prepare to give simultaneous speeches, I notice that my "equal" fellow citizen is holding the microphone to a public address system designed for Woodstock. I, meanwhile, have only the voice God gave me. Guess who is going to be heard and who is going to get drowned out ("Court strikes donor limits in campaigns," April 3)?
It is true that the First Amendment gives us equal freedom to speak, but in practice being heard is a privilege for sale to those who can afford it. The Roberts court did not misread the U.S. Constitution. They merely pointed out what has always been there — the United States is an effective plutocracy, democratic in history only. End of discussion. No offense meant to Mr. Gates.
Since it is all right for a donor to give to multiple causes and candidates, might I modestly suggest an amendment to the Constitution to stipulate that donations can only be made to candidates and causes that the donor is eligible to vote for?
Thad Paulhamus, Baltimore-
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