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User Info Freedom Of Speech: How Quaint; entered at 2010-01-22 21:33:37
Posts: 68
Registered: 2008-09-24 Tallahassee, FL
El said: "This is about telling the .gov they can't regulate the source of free speech and news dissemination. The founding principle for the First Amendment was to make political speech as free and unfettered as humanly possible."

I don't think the gov is regulating "the source of free speech". To use your book example. If you as an individual write a book and say terrible lies about me and that damages me and my business, I will sue you and if a jury finds that you have indeed harmed me, you the individual will pay. No one is regulating your right to tell lies, that's free speech but that comes at a price if you libel or slander someone. Not so with a group of individuals who incorporate. The corporation will be sued and the individuals involved will not be held responsible (at least not usually) because they are protected by incorporation. It's the corporation that pays the damage and it's usually a drop in the bucket compared to the benefits of them corrupting the system. With privilege comes responsibility. If the gov gives someone or group of people special privileges, there must be regulation. The banksters have shown us how dangerous it is to not regulate.
2010-01-22 21:33:37