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Boycotts, speech and the government

From a column by The Rev. Byron Williams on politicsnc.com:

A 2015 survey conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania found that only 36 percent of adults could name all three branches of the U.S. government; 35 percent couldn’t name even one. Only 27 percent of respondents knew that it requires a two-thirds vote of the House and Senate to override a president’s veto, and 21 percent wrongly thought that a 5-4 Supreme Court decision must be returned to Congress for reconsideration.

Too bad Annenberg didn’t have survey questions asking the difference between a constitutional right and a business decision. The prerequisite for appreciating the First Amendment requires that one grasp the first five words: “Congress shall make no law.”

Calling for boycotts doesn’t violate free speech; it is free speech. It only violates the First Amendment, if led by agents of the government. …

A number of corporations have concluded, at least for the foreseeable future, that being associated with (TV commentator Laura) Ingraham’s brand was not good for their image.

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