Yesterday's Supreme Court decision was a tough call for those who cherish free speech.
By ruling that corporations and unions can spend unlimited amounts of money on election advertising, there is no doubt that the dissemination of information about candidates will now rest in the hands of the mighty and the moneyed, and woe betide any pretender who might cross them.
The only good news is that free speech as a principle was protected, but the concept that a corporation or a union is like an individual with inalienable rights is a tough one to swallow. The indirect consequence of this finding, ironically, is that it will result in the voice of the common man being drowned out.
Right now, the American people are too worried about more pressing matters--like putting food on the table--to bother themselves with seemingly arcane court decisions. They would do well to start paying attention, because this decision will affect the way we govern ourselves more than any other in memory.
The most we can hope for is regulatory legislation requiring, for example, that a corporation clearly identify that it paid for an ad. Otherwise, we may find--after the fact--that some shell group like "Patriotic Americans United For A More Patriotic America" is really a multinational holding company based in Dubai.
And by then, they'd have their own pet U.S. Senator, purring in their laps.