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Does Comedy Central Have a Right to Freedom of Speech?

Matt in N.C. Wrote: Apr 25, 2012 12:38 PM
Back around 1970-71, an episode of _Green Acres_ revolved around the absurd idea that the people of Hooterville could get tax refunds without ever having paid taxes. Now that's standard procedure. A few years ago, I would'n't have bet that campaign-finance reform and homosexual marriage would become major issues in my lifetime. Hope your pig files a flight plan.
Jack2894 Wrote: Apr 25, 2012 2:31 PM
Not more abhorrent at all. Just as abhorrent. I agree that any limitations imposed on corporations shoudl be imposed on other entities as well. COrporations will NEVER spend less. If the government were 1/10th the size, they would spend the same amount to control it as they do now.
Matt in N.C. Wrote: Apr 25, 2012 1:16 PM
The idea that government, government-employees' unions, and other nonprofits dependent on government can flood the political marketplace with money taken forcibly from taxpayers and dues-payers is even more abhorrent. Most corporations spend money on politicians and politics either to gain some advantage or protect themselves from disadvantage. The solution is not to stifle expression, but to strip government back down to constitutional basics. When government has less power to reward and punish, pick winners, come through with bailouts, and dispense other goodies, corporations will spend less on rent-seeking and more on doing business.
Jack2894 Wrote: Apr 25, 2012 12:56 PM
Can't argue with that. I think an amendment to address the downside of citizens united does stand a real chance, albeit small. There is always a chance that an amendment would ahve as much or more downside than upside. Prohibition did have an impact on the amount of alcohol people drank. But it had other, less salutary effects.

But, the idea that corporations can, anonymously, flood the political marketplace with money is a serious threat to American democracy. Best we ALL find a way to resolve that problem. Unless you like the idea of Saudi oil money being used to determine an American presidential election.
Does Comedy Central have a right to free speech?

Some congressional Democrats believe no association of human beings formed in the manner Comedy Central has been formed ought to have freedom of speech. Accordingly, they have sponsored constitutional amendments to incorporate this principal into our basic law.

This is no joke.

The First Amendment says: "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."

On Capitol Hill last...