My letter to the NY Times re: Free Speech Under Attack Once Again

Re: Amid Barrage of Attack Ads, Considering Tighter Rules

Dear Sirs:
Free speech is constantly under attack by incumbents of all stripes.  After all it was John McCain, a Republican, and Russ Feingold, a Democrat, whose names are synonymous with one of the worst pieces of legislation ever to restrict the common citizen’s ability to speak his mind–the so-called “Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002”.  Now incumbent Republican Dan Lungren of California feels that his now sensitive feelings as a self-important elected official are being abused by so-called negative/attack ads; therefore, he is gathering support for further restrictions on free speech.  If he can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen, as President Harry Truman would admonish.  Patrick Barron

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