"The idea that political speech had to be protected at any cost dates to Colonial days, during which the press and the public were not allowed to express themselves freely on matters of public concern. The King and his government often used restrictive measures, such as licensing of printing presses and the doctrine of seditious libel, to silence unfavorable public comment."
All Speech Is Created Equal, 1986, Washington, D.C., Freedom of Expression Foundation
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Those Colonial day protections are a distant memory. The god's and their governments' industrial media complex (abc, cbs, nbc, fox, cnn, etc.) only allows acceptable quibbles to keep the rabble uninformed and in chaotic squabbles amongst themselves (a focused non-focus if you will). Licensing, legislature, and other means are moving to silence all unwanted truth and unfavorable public comments.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Seditious speech (no longer a crime, legislated long ago) aimed at (unarmed) insurrection is exactly what Wisconson is all about...that is NOT a violent nor bad thing, nor are these bad terms aimed at bad people. These good American teachers are just the first to suffer from measures which just skirt around the corners of the Constitution's first amendment right to redress of grievance in deference to the "legal" (Fed act of 1913), immoral (usurious, esp. when the fed bank rate is high, eg. 20% back in the 70's AND printing money from thin air...counterfeiting), unconstitutional, fraudulent (by any legal definition, unpayable) national debt IMO. Public opinion, however is another matter when it comes to public servants, and I heartily agree that if there are cuts to be made somewhere in the country, the public servants are the first to go down that road; all our government agencies are too big anyway, including, esp. the military. The real problem is what to do with all the newly unemployed if Ron Paul does win in '12, which I have not seen (or missed?) him speaking to. We really need to undo much of the last 30 years of "undoing of the middle class", lest we all become troglodytes of the tyrants in Washington and wallstreet. I wonder whatever happened to cause judge Preska's reversal of decision to fully audit the NY Fed, and Brooksley Born's warnings about derivatives back in '98 ? These heroines have been long forgotten apparently, and I'm in the wrong field to pursue such travesties of political repartee and substance.
     -- Dr. Tom LaMar, Keeseville, NY     
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    I suspect that the "King" in the White House would like nothing better than to shut down the internet.
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
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    Now in 2016, with a dramatic turn in events, the resolve of We the People will be tested. Many in the wings, present and retired wait for the total Cabinet picks, to be declared. The Ron Paul Institute as also the Austrian School of Economics are eager to move forward. Promising indeed, nationally and globally. Business vs warmongering, the choice is simple, complex to execute, at home and abroad. So much to undo, and to what degree is practical. " America would be better off as a country, and Americans Happier and More Prosperous as a people if half of our government boards, bureaus, and commissions were abolished, hundreds of thousands of our government officials, agents and employees were discharged, and Two-Thirds of our government regulations, restrictions, and inhibitions were removed." Albert J. Beveridge, of the progressive party, in later life repudiated some of the early expansion he promoted of governmental power. Then it was hundreds of thousands, now to day, it will be millions. Bureaucrats from local to federal levels amount to around 22 million people as of today's count. The term used by Obama to describe the Movement of a Moral majority, as a phenomena, which by all accounts shows him to be an ignorant secular humanist, concerning Divine Providence, of which our Founding Fathers were not. Cause and Effect of our Creator's natural law. The internet, being of military origin, is not by chance, to bring to light hidden things of darkness, is a choice of being morally responsible..
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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