From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-01161

Submission Number:
544505-01161
Commenter:
Steven Dusterwald
State:
Nevada
Initiative Name:
From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
The First Amendment guarantees the right to free speech. There's no part of the Constitution that gives authority to any governmental body to restrict speech, or to tax it. The government has no authority to evaluate and judge the value of any person's speech. The First Amendment does not protect only popular speech which has been evaluated and judged appropriate, but all speech, including unpopular speech. The American Civil Liberties Union won the case in Skokie, Illinois to protect the right of the American Nazi Party to express their views, however despicable those views are, because what was at stake was the freedom of all speech. If the government censors or taxes a person's speech, it is committing an unconstitutional act. The government has no legitimate constitutional authority to regulate speech in any form. If it does so in violation of the Constitution, it is every American's duty to transmit the censored speech to everyone he comes in contact with by any means available. Dissent cannot be eliminated and any attempt to do so is the act of a tyrannical government.