27 October 2010

Who's afraid of corporate cash?

The blogosphere was all abuzz with stories about the protester who got kicked by a Rand Paul supporter in Kentucky during an attempted publicity stunt.

Now we learn that the victim was a paid protester who has participated in various stunts across the country.

Naturally, liberals want to paint  this as an example of Tea Party types trying to prevent free speech. A few thoughts on that:

First, it wasn't, technically, "free" speech, since she got paid to do this.

Second, she was an employee of MoveOn.org, a 501(c)(4) non-profit corporation. Remember back when President Obama criticized the Supreme Court's Citizen's United v. FEC decision because it would bring that dreaded corporate cash into our elections?

Citizen's United is a 501(c)(4) non-profit corporation, same as MoveOn.org.

Funny how that works, isn't it? In January, we needed to stop the evil influence of corporations like that. Now we have to stop the people who are stopping those corporations from buying political speech.

I shouldn't have to add this qualifier, but I suppose I do: I am not advocating tackling, beating or kicking liberal protesters. In fact, I think the best argument against them is to let them talk.

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