Freedom of Speech

I was living in Canada at the time (Spring, 1987), and did not appreciate the connection between Ronald Reagan and the demise of the FCC’s “fairness doctrine.” Reagan vetoed an attempt to codify it.

As a contribution to free speech this would only be exceeded (since 1791 and the adoption of the First Amendment) by a repeal of McCain-Feingold campaign finance “reform”, an even more odious statute.

This post struck me with the fact that a Canadian not only knows Reagan’s role, but chose to illuminate yesterday’s election results with it. Many Canadians know more about US politics than do most Americans.

I keep saying we can learn from Canada. Usually, I don’t mean anything positive.