Regarding the Oct. 5 letter “ Limiting free speech”: Characterizing the Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court in 2010 as defense of “everyday American citizens” is a misrepresentation that needs to be challenged. The primary beneficiaries of this ruling are legal entities such as corporations and labor unions, not the people referred to in “We the People” as described in the preamble to the Constitution.
These entities that significantly influence politics in America by spending millions on lobbyists, contributing to PACs and other political groups now have even greater ability to affect federal, state and local elections. Their voices should not be louder simply because they have the cash to drown out the speech of average residents.
I don’t believe our Founding Fathers had “corporate people” in mind or anticipated the power that wealth would play in corrupting our political process. Unfortunately, the makeup of the Supreme Court in 2010 decided otherwise. However, that can change.