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Mon, Feb. 17

Letter: 'Right to sell anything' is not in Constitution


In defending the Tea Party in his recent column, Buz Williams dished up some myths about how the Constitution gave us certain freedoms. The most glaring of these myths was that the Constitution gave us "the freedom to sell what one wanted without government interference." Wrong. Everyone knows that government restricts the sale of controlled substances and child pornography. Furthermore Mr. Williams needs to re-read our history. The Founding Fathers, who crafted our Constitution, were very wary of corporations getting too much power. They wrote strict laws on what corporations could produce and deliver. In some cases when a corporation's reason for existence had been fulfilled it had to disband.

This freedom Mr. Williams told you about did not come from our Constitution. Pro-business majorities in our U. S. Supreme Court over the past 130 years have given corporations powers the Founding Fathers never intended. Corporations now have rights the Founding Fathers wrote for human beings.

I would like to see the Tea Party help us get back to what the Founding Fathers intended by overruling the court with a constitutional amendment saying money is not speech and corporations are not human beings.

Loring Cannon


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