Regarding the Sept. 27 news story “ To win Senate, groups book $80M of final TV ads”: Shutting down conservative speech and expression is all the rage in North Carolina politics. We have been exposed to a lot of political ads recently.
As someone who believes in our basic freedom of speech, I think there are plenty of folks like me who have had enough of the fighting words. We have gotten to a place where people who aren’t even running for office are getting dragged into the public dialogue.
The attacks on the business community, including companies like Koch Industries, have become the dominant tactic for advocacy organizations. For someone who doesn’t absorb political news on a daily basis, one might think that the Koch brothers were in fact running against Sen. Kay Hagan. But that’s not the case.
While Koch Industries and their affiliated groups may participate in political activities, they themselves are not involved in the Senate race. And just like every other American citizen, these individuals have the right to express their beliefs freely in a variety of mediums, and that’s the way it should be.
No matter what our political position might be, we must protect the rights of Americans to speak their minds about elected officials and candidates.