The decision by the Supreme Court that allows corporate contributions to the candidates' political campaigns based on "free speech" is devastating to the principle of democracy ("Court Lets More Corporate Cash in Politics," Jan. 22). Corporations are not citizens; they are defined in the contemplation of the law to serve the people in doing business.
Now with the new ruling by the Supreme Court, corporations with their big dollars can actively take part in the intricate process of policy formation by placing their people into government who will support and benefit their business objectives. This does not represent me and therefore violates my individual rights.
Each of us has the knowledge to render a political decision in choosing our representatives, maybe not too wisely at times. Now with this judicial opinion in place, some people lacking mental acumen will probably follow the lead of corporate decisions, especially the shareholders of giant corporations. Our basic form of government is government by the people, not by corporations.
At this time, we do not know how this new judicial opinion will work in our political process; however, I feel that this opinion might in the far, far future become very harmful and dangerous to our country in which the merging of governmental affairs and corporate business might generate a philosophy of extreme right!
VICTOR J. RUISI