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Free speech

I am really quite keen on it, but to use somebody else's phrase, my conception of free speech does not require me to have to pay for someone's megaphone, or the hire of hall.

An item in the New York Times looks at attempts to limit the scope for political campaigners to autodial would be voters and inflict a script on them. Whereas I would hang up instantly if I got a robocall, "the automated phone calls, have been popular with candidates for years because they are cheap, easy to make and often highly effective".

And here comes, what to me, is the really head scratching bit: "And political speech — even in a prerecorded message delivered electronically — is protected under the First Amendment, raising a host of legal issues".

And here is the First Amendment:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances".

Not how I would have interpreted the First Amendment, as this seems to be dealing with listening rather than speaking.

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Blogger Newmania said... 10:35 am

This isn`t about free speech its about intrusive marketing they can say whatever they like but not in that particular way.

Good performance on D Street Band C your best so far.  



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