OK, I'm ok with that. Sound like a wise bunch of fellows to me.
Redeemers. That is an interesting link, something I was not aware of. This line struck a chord:"they typically ... lowered politicians' salaries ..."
and led to this chain of thought:
Politicians' salaries used to be important ...
Freedom of speech is a person's right.
Corporations are people and money is speech.
Giving money to politicians can not be bribery if money is speech -- it is just a way of speaking to your congressman.
Politicians' salaries are largely irrelevant as long as corporations speak freely.
Ah, the logic of SCOTUS.