Picking on high school students

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on February 3, 2010

I know it’s unsporting to pick on high school students, but if you’re going to write a letter to the editor of the local paper, [second letter]  you better be able to take it. Today we have Adrienne Dickinson suggesting that the Supreme Court ruling in the Citizens United case will result in the return of slavery… or something.

Don’t be bought

We have been studying slavery in the South and how progress during the Reconstruction period was cut short by black codes. It seems that we have all been put back to the level of sharecroppers with the decision of the Supreme Court this week (Supreme Court lifts campaign spending limits,” Jan. 22).

The corporations were just given the power to take away our vote. What power do we have against them? We could quit buying from corporations, but that would be about as easy as not getting goods from the company store. Government in the United States and big business will become indistinguishable. Check the definition; that is fascism. If you think big business cares about your well-being, look at slavery in the South.

What can we do? Now is the time for people to take bold action before the eye of the hurricane hits. Can we impeach Chief Justice John G. Roberts for the high crime of undoing democracy? Can we pass an amendment to the Constitution asserting the right of real live people, and not corporations, to influence the outcome of elections?

Can we quit watching TV commercials at least, especially political ones? Maybe we can refuse to be bought.

Adrienne Dickinson

San Luis Obispo

First, we need to find Ms. Dickinson’s teacher and fire him or her.

Second, we need to start teaching Ms. Dickinson critical thinking and logical thought.

One comment on “Picking on high school students”


Actually, no serious person is sure what the conservative majority will do here. That's common in these politically charged cases. Meanwhile, literally nobody doubts what the *Democrat-appointed* justices will do. So who is "deeply partisan" again? https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/12/01/supreme-court-abortion-argument-roe-dead/

Doing some research and checked out @TheDispatchFC front page. It turns out the answer to every single one of these is "No." But one doesn't have that simple explanation on the main page. Why?

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