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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Parsing the Bill of Rights

Just something to think about:

What if the first amendment was treated the same way the second amendment is treated today?

1.Politicians would walk around saying, "I believe in everyone's right to free speech."

2.States would regulate free speech by authorizing free speech permits (for a price). You'd probably have to take a course (for a price) before you could get your permit.

3.Some cities, like Washington D.C, would pass laws prohibiting free speech.

4.Free speech would be restricted in public parks, within 500 feet of schools or in places that serve alcohol.

5.Things like talk radio would be banned by a new gubment bureaucracy authorizing speech over the airwaves only by gubment agencies.

Hmmmmm, just doesn't seem right does it? I betcha this was not what the framers had in mind either. Just something to think about......

1 comment:

  1. Nice example, but don't give them any ideas, ha.

    Deborah F. Hamilton
    Right Truth
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