Thursday, January 12, 2012

UNITED STATES V. AUTO WORKERS, 352 U. S. 567 :: Volume 352 :: 1957 :: Full Text :: US Supreme Court Cases from Justia & Oyez

Update: Worth noting Douglas applies this dissent to Religous associations too.

People forget... Douglas in 1957 on UAW campaign contributions.



UNITED STATES V. AUTO WORKERS, 352 U. S. 567 :: Volume 352 :: 1957 :: Full Text :: US Supreme Court Cases from Justia & Oyez
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MR. JUSTICE DOUGLAS, with whom THE CHIEF JUSTICE and MR. JUSTICE BLACK join, dissenting.

We deal here with a problem that is fundamental to the electoral process and to the operation of our democratic society. It is whether a union can express its views on the issues of an election and on the merits of the candidates, unrestrained and unfettered by the Congress. The principle at stake is not peculiar to unions. It is applicable as well to associations of manufacturers, retail and wholesale trade groups, consumers' leagues, farmers' unions, religious groups, and every other association representing a segment of American life and taking an active part in our political campaigns and discussions. It is as important an issue as has come before the Court, for it reaches the very vitals of our system of government.

Under our Constitution, it is We The People who are sovereign. The people have the final say. The legislators are their spokesmen. The people determine through their votes the destiny of the nation. It is therefore important -- vitally important -- that all channels of communication be open to them during every election, that no point of view be restrained or barred, and that the people have access to the views of every group in the community.

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