Thursday, October 27, 2005

[puma-news] We don't need no steekin' First Amendment

Whether you're a liberal or a conservative, you'll probably be shocked by
the latest from Washington:

They've decided that they "own" certain words.

1) The United Seniors Association has been fined $500,000 for the use of the
words "Social Security" on an envelope, and this fine has been upheld by the
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals!

2) The White House is also taking action against "The Onion" satirical
newspaper for using the Presidential Seal in its parodies.

I'm a libertarian, and I find these two stories to resemble something from
Alice in Wonderland, or George Orwell, not the US that I learned about in

The government's justification is that the use of certain "official words"
and "symbols" could confuse people about the official positions of the
government, or cause them to ignore communications from the government
agencies. Anyone who believes that the United Seniors Association or The
Onion are official government agencies is not going to be able to function
on their own. The irony of the government trying to protect itself from
satire in The Onion, by arguing that it is trying to protect the citizens is
more than even Orwell considered.

You've probably got lots of other places to learn about this, but I
expect that will have a bit to say.


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