What's the point?
Reader comment on: Schumer Versus The First Amendment
in response to reader comment: Congress doesn't really declare war anymore anyway
Submitted by Matt (United States), Nov 28, 2011 06:30
The real point of the 1st Amendment's focus on speech was to protect political speech. Most of our fights over 1st Amendment speech issues have been collateral stuff that, while I think we're generally better off not allowing the government to stop the speech, is a side show compared to political speech.
OK, so some rich people can have a bigger influence. You also have a right to join with other people. In a country of 300 million, the chance of your individual voice making much difference is pretty slim. But if you think stifling speech is going to make it easier for your speech to be heard over that of others, you're either not thinking very hard, or are an incumbent politician.
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