Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Free Speech

I too, strongly support the First Amendment but Ed Achorn's Commentary, Feb 2, 2010, on the recent Supreme Court's First Amendment decision seemed to me to miss the real point of the controversy. The question before the court was whether corporations enjoy the same protections of the First Amendment as people. In other words, are corporations the same as people? The court decided yes in the case of First Amendment protections.

However, can a corporation be subjected to the death penalty? Can a corporation even go to jail?

I submit that corporations are not the same as people and therefor are not automatically conferred with all of the same rights and protections as people by the US Constitution.

These differences needed to be considered when applying Constitutional protections to corporations and I believe that the Court was wrong in its recent decision.