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51 Cath. U. L. Rev. 785 (2001-2002)
The First Amendment Needs No Reform: Protecting Liberty from Campaign Finance Reformers

handle is hein.journals/cathu51 and id is 823 raw text is: THE FIRST AMENDMENT NEEDS NO REFORM:
James Bopp, Jr.' & Richard E. Coleson'
WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are
created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with
certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty,
and the Pursuit of Happiness - That to secure these Rights,
Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just
Powers from the Consent of the Governed.. . .
WE the People of the United States, in order to ... secure the
blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and
establish this Constitution for the United States of America.2
America was, as President Abraham Lincoln declared at Gettysburg,
conceived in liberty.3 Lady Liberty graces flags, murals, coins, and the
New York Harbor. She symbolizes an essential American ideal that was
enshrined in the Bill of Rights and the First Amendment guarantees of
free expression and association: Congress shall make no law . . .
' James Bopp, Jr., B.A., Indiana University, 1970; J.D., University of Florida, 1973;
Attorney, Bopp, Coleson & Bostrom, Terre Haute, Indiana; Of Counsel, Webster,
Chamberlain & Bean, Washington, D.C.; General Counsel, James Madison Center for
Free Speech; Chairman, Free Speech and Election Law Practice Group, Federalist
Richard E. Coleson, B.A., Indiana Wesleyan University, 1973; M.A.R., Asbury
Theological Seminary, 1975; J.D., Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis, 1987;
Attorney, Bopp, Coleson & Bostrom, Terre Haute, Indiana.
This article is based in part on McCain-Feingold: Analysis of S. 27 as Passed by the
Senate and Testimony of James Bopp, Jr. Before the House Administration Committee
Regarding Constitutional Issues Raised by Recent Campaign Finance Legislation (June 14,
2001), both prepared by the present authors and published on the James Madison Center
Web   site.   See  James Madison    Center for Free    Speech, available  at
www.jamesmadisoncenter.org (last visited May 10, 2002). The authors thank James R.
Mason, III, for his assistance in researching and writing the political party discussion of the
aforementioned analysis of Senate Bill 27.
© 2002 by James Bopp, Jr. and Richard E. Colson, all rights reserved.
1.   THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE para. 2 (U.S. 1776) (emphasis added).
2.   U.S. CONST. pmbl. (emphasis added).
3.   Abraham Lincoln, Address Delivered at the Dedication of the Cemetery at
Gettsburg (Nov. 19, 1863), reprinted in THE COLLECTED WORKS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN
17 (Roy P. Basler ed., 1953).

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