McConnell is right on political speech
Just because corporations may have a right to voice their opinions, that doesn’t mean it is appropriate to do so under any and all circumstances (“The business of political speech,” April 22). Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is absolutely right. Coca-Cola, Delta and MLB should mind their own “business” when it comes to voicing opinions on matters like the right and privilege of individuals to vote in American elections. I am sure many, if not most, of their shareholders and customers would agree with me. If CEOs want to express their individual opinions on political matters, that is one thing. But when they do so as a representative of a corporation, they should take into full account the views of their shareholders and other corporate officers, as well as their potential customers.
Different factors arise when corporations decide to give political contributions, as their political choices can be appropriately based on business matters over which governments have regulatory powers.
Sadly, as on many other issues, the WJW Editorial Board has fallen into the trap of the noxious notion of “social justice.” “Justice, justice shall you pursue…” (Deuteronomy 16:20). Pursue justice, and justice alone. True justice needs no qualifying adjective as in “social justice.”
MARC L. CAROFF