I saw a headline about Romney collecting however many millions of dollars in campaign donations in Israel and it got me to thinking. Not about Romney since I'm sure everyone takes international money, but rather about the mental gymnastics required to justify this sort of thing.
From what I understand, it goes a little like this:
Americans believe freedom of speech is not an American right, it's a universal human right.
The courts believe that donating money to a political campaign is a form of free speech.
Therefore, the courts believe that donating money to a political campaign is a universal human right.
When you think through it, it doesn't sound so bad, but in context it is literally a foreign interest influencing the outcome of our election. If Israelis don't get to vote for our president, why is it OK for them to donate to any campaign? Are we denying them their freedom of speech by not letting them vote? Is it not OK but we simply lack the legal grounds or jurisdiction to deny them the right to donate?
Is there any way to look at this situation without it seeming at least a little bit skeevy?