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Letters to the editor, September 14

Political discourse

This is response to the free speech problem letter [DRC, Aug. 24] by Bob Michaelsen.

The premise of this letter is that the Supreme Court Citizens United decision undermines free speech because it gives wealthy donors much more influence than is permitted to average middle-class citizens.

The fact is that we all have free speech but certainly some people have much more influence than others, and thus their speech is somewhat louder.

Even though Sheldon Adelson can spend $100 million to help get Mitt Romney elected, George Soros and Warren Buffett have spent considerably more attempting to get Barack Obama elected.

What about the free speech that emanates from Hollywood-movie types and teenage idols, like Justin Bieber?

These people have a huge influence on voters, especially the uneducated and easily influenced young people who look upon Barack Obama as some kind of deity.

I don’t hear liberals complain too often that labor unions, rich left-wingers, college professors or the entertainment industry have too much influence and free speech over political discourse.

The Citizens United decision has finally evened the playing field with regard to political discourse.

Anyone concerned about democracy being undermined by lots of different opinions being freely expressed should first worry about the public’s apathy and ignorance about most political issues.

Anything that furthers political discourse and understanding among the general public will strengthen, not weaken, democracy.

Rudy Cajka,