Pebbles in Your Mouth?
the US Supreme Court held oral arguments in regard to the so-called
"millionaires" provision that limits personal expenditures of a
candidate running for Congress to $350,000. In regard to the goal of
achieving a "level playing field" in the campaign process, Justice
Antonio Scalia sarcastically asked, "What are we to do next if one
candidate is more articulate than another, require him to speak with
pebbles in his mouth?" What a breath of fresh air.
am so weary of governmental efforts to "level the playing field." I
have lousy hand-eye coordination that kept me from being a competitive
Little League player when I was twelve. Does that mean the Little League
or the government should have put a patch over one eye of the other
players? I was also too short to dunk a basketball. I guess they should
have given me a special lower basket.
there is one thing I hope I taught my children, it’s that life is not
fair—at least not on this side of heaven. God has given us all different
talents and abilities. We are exactly who He wanted us to be. It is in
overcoming some of our limitations that we gain character.
would love to hit the little white ball straight down the fairway, putt
accurately, and shoot in the 70s. It has never happened and it never
I’d also love to kick
government out of the "fairness" business. Whenever government
intervenes, it usually rights one wrong (real or imagined) and creates
others. The marketplace, as imperfect as it may be, is always better
than government when it comes to fairness. Always!
when it comes to elections, we’d all be better off shutting down the
FEC with all its rules and regulations, and simply requiring full and
complete disclosure of all contributions and expenditures on a 48 hour
basis over the internet. In spite of what the politicians would lead you
to believe, we really are smarter than they think we are. Today’s FEC
is a creation that dramatically un-levels the playing field. The
incumbents have all the advantages and that is exactly what the creators
of the FEC had in mind. Congressmen and Senators get free franking
privileges to their constituents, they get a multitude of free flights
back to their districts and states, they get free publicity on the local
television stations and local newspapers every time they come to town,
and they use your tax dollars to build bridges, dams and highways, to
enhance their status as bringing home the "pork" to your state or
You and I would be better
served if all challengers were able to outspend the incumbents, and they
would have a chance to do so were it not for the onerous FEC
limitations. The playing field has not been leveled, it runs steeply
up-hill for challengers thanks to those who created the Federal Election
Commission with all its rules, regulations, and limitations. While
elections may not always have been fair prior to the FEC, there’s no
doubt it’s much less fair today thanks to government meddling.
Lawrence Reed said it best, "Free men are not equal and equal men are not free." Amen.