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The Cost of Free Speech

Wisconsin Administration drags its feet on controversial new protest law.

We Americans are having to slowly adjust to the uncomfortable reality that money now equals free speech and that the more money you have, the more “free” speech you can use to push the opposition into irrelevancy. In a system of government that is supposed to protect the rights of the minority, most who visit and write at FtB see the citizens united decision as an infringement on American freedom.

But compared to the new protest laws under consideration in Wisconsin, citizens united somehow seems downright fair. At least C.U. gave the minority the slimmest chance to dissent, now in Wisconsin you might not even be able to exercise you right to free speech against the government without forking up cash beforehand. Any gathering of four or more persons espousing a political message will have to file for a permit 72 hours prior to the protest.

That is insane and from a state that practically tossed out the welcome mat to the Tea Party. I mean the people who would likely speak out against injustice are NEVER poor. This action is so downright evil, in that good old fashion robber baron/gilded age/Upton Sinclair way that I can’t help but picture the powers that be wearing anything other than a monocle while drafting this terrible piece of legislation. At least the ACLU is already stepping in here. While I don’t agree with everything the ACLU defends, I have to admit that we would be a lot less free if not for those principled lawyers.

I hope to the FSM that this thing fails. The law is not well thought out and may be just another political ploy against the upcoming recall but, I feel like I have to take a shower to wash off the disdain I feel for the Governor of Wisconsin every time I read about that state these days. Please recall this guy.

(Source: TPM)