The Wenatchee World

Weather:

Weather

The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast

This Afternoon

Hi52° Isolated Showers

Tonight

Lo38° Showers Likely

Friday

Hi51° Showers Likely

Friday Night

Lo32° Slight Chc Showers

Saturday

Hi52° Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo27° Clear

Sunday

Hi48° Sunny

Sunday Night

Lo31° Mostly Cloudy

Monday

Hi47° Slight Chc Rain

Monday Night

Lo26° Slight Chc Snow

Those so favored are free to speak

Send to Kindle
Print This
For the purposes of discussion, we once again must remind ourselves what the First Amendment to the Constitution actually says: “Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” This presumably would preclude the majority party in Congress from advancing legislation to stifle or gag potential critics, at a time when Congress and its rulers stand in general public disfavor, on the eve of an election when absent restrictions on political speech they could sustain losses, possibly severe. Of course, to take this theme to its logical end, the vulnerable party must “carve out” exemptions tailored to its supporters, free them to maneuver, to spend and speak on its behalf. More arbitrary exemptions could soothe large political organizations — make a deal with them, lest they be tempted to fight back.

View my options or Sign in