The opinion that dare not speak its name

“Speech is an essential mechanism of democracy, for it is the means to hold officials accountable to the people. The right of citizens to inquire, to hear, to speak, and to use information to reach consensus is a precondition to enlightened self-government and a necessary means to protect it. For these reasons, political speech must prevail against laws that would suppress it, whether by design or inadvertence.” – Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 310 (2010) (internal citations and quotes omitted)

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