Recently reelected by an exceedingly narrow margin, Congressman Tim Bishop of
Rep. Bishop believes that unregulated political speech leads to “incivility and misinformation,” and that type of speech needs to stop. In short, Rep. Bishop wants to control the amount of speech that occurs in campaigns because he is in power and people say bad things about him. But that is the purpose of the First Amendment: to allow people to freely criticize people in government without government interference.
For all his complaints about misinformation, Rep. Bishop’s piece is filled with errors and misstatements that he could have corrected by spending five minutes on the Internet (for instance, Citizens United did not overturn a century of legal precedent and individuals have had a recognized constitutional right to spend unlimited amounts in federal elections since 1976). Indeed, it is disturbing that a