November 4, 2013

George F. Will, whose erudition I sometimes admire, wrote that he loves the “excellent” Citizens United ruling [“State courts are restoring political speech,” op-ed, Oct.31] and, like the Supreme Court, equated financial support to freedom of speech and therefore saw it as protected by the First Amendment. My dictionary defines speech as “the communication or expression of thoughts in spoken words.” No mention is made of financial support, and I doubt seriously that the framers of the Constitution had any inkling that the First Amendment would be bastardized to include financial support as speech.

The court has made grievous errors and should reexamine its decisions in this area. Those decisions have led to the plutocracy we still delude ourselves into thinking is a democracy.

George Smith, Frederick