* Free Speech Not So Free Anymore

Free speech? Gracious! What an odd, old concept. It must come from somewhere in that dusty, antiquated and now little read but often misconstrued thing called the Constitution. It is so passé that it is risible. Why, it does not even mention basic human rights – free condoms, free abortions, ObamaCare and all the rest of the truly important stuff.

The Constitution does mention freedom of speech and of religion in the First Amendment. However, they are unnecessary for properly contented serfs people. If something can be said without harming the Administration national security, the Government (to which we all belong) will say it, saving us the trouble. If something is truly religious, the Government will let us know. If it does not, then whatever it is must not be not truly religious and therefore does not fall under the First Amendment.

We must all become like Auden’s S/07 M 378 .

He was found by the Bureau of Statistics to be One against whom there was no official complaint, And all the reports on his conduct agree That, in the modern sense of an old-fashioned word, he was a saint, For in everything he did he served the Greater Community. Except for the War till the day he retired He worked in a factory and never got fired, But satisfied his employers, Fudge Motors Inc. Yet he wasn’t a scab or odd in his views, For his Union reports that he paid his dues, (Our report on his Union shows it was sound) And our Social Psychology workers found That he was popular with his mates and liked a drink. The Press are convinced that he bought a paper every day And that his reactions to advertisements were normal in every way. Policies taken out in his name prove that he was fully insured, And his Health-card shows he was once in hospital but left it cured. Both Producers Research and High-Grade Living declare He was fully sensible to the advantages of the Instalment Plan And had everything necessary to the Modern Man, A phonograph, a radio, a car and a frigidaire. Our researchers into Public Opinion are content That he held the proper opinions for the time of year; When there was peace, he was for peace: when there was war, he went. He was married and added five children to the population, Which our Eugenist says was the right number for a parent of his generation. And our teachers report that he never interfered with their education. Was he free? Was he happy? The question is absurd: Had anything been wrong, we should certainly have heard.

With practically no effort, we can all be content like JS/07 M 276. Excuse me. I must now attend my mandatory sensitivity training class.

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About danmillerinpanama

I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains. I have contributed to Pajamas Media and Pajamas Tatler. In addition to my own blog, Dan Miller in Panama, I an an editor of Warsclerotic and contribute to China Daily Mail when I have something to write about North Korea.
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One Response to * Free Speech Not So Free Anymore

  1. Brittius says:

    Reblogged this on Brittius.com and commented:
    Hmmm…

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