Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Assault on Free Speech

I recently read an article at The Classic Liberal blog and it pertained to the Drug Enforcement Administration's intrusion into the TV series, House. House is a television program on the FOX network that revolves around a misanthropic doctor that self-medicates with Vicodin because of an infarction to his quadriceps muscle. It's his consumption that purveys little to no consequences that has drawn the ire of the DEA.

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." Voltaire

The very first amendment in the Bill of Rights cements the foundation for nearly all of the posteriorly effecting liberties that circumscribes our inter-relationship between citizen and government. As it so concisely states "Congress shall make no law....abridging the freedom speech," and as citizens of a free Republic we all consider this to be the normative aspect of all discourse. However, party ideology has fractured the already tenuous relationships we have on an interindividual level. Thus, free speech exists so long as it meets certain requirements, such as avoiding gross insensitivity towards someone else's politically affiliated sensibilities.

Through gradualism government legislation has constructed a methodology that circumvents the parameters of the first amendment. By making censorship legislation barely perceptible it can define what is acceptable free speech, as well as the fashion in which said vocality can be expressed, without public interference and debate. For example, the usage of free speech zones to conceal public dissent by isolating it from view of elected officials and the rest of the public-at-large becomes a reflection of increased government censorship. These suffocative measures will take a toll by disallowing the intellectual freedom to manufacture self-development.

This is the case with Fox's TV show, House. The growth of the character, for better or for worse, will never manifest if creative vision is replaced with coercive paternalism. This is why we have submitted a Freedom of Information Act Request with the following agency. If and when the Liberty Research Institute receives the requested documents we will then post them with a follow up article.  

Freedom of Information Act Request sent to:

Katherine L. Myrick, Chief
Freedom of Information Operations Unit
FOI/Records Management Section
Drug Enforcement Administration
Department of Justice
West Building, 6th Floor
700 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202
(202) 307-7596

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