“Support for the First Amendment has eroded significantly since Sept. 11 and nearly half of Americans now think the constitutional amendment on free speech goes too far in the rights it guarantees, according to a new poll.
The sentiment that the First Amendment goes too far was already on the rise before the terrorist attacks a year ago, doubling to four in 10 between 2000 and 2001.
The poll released Thursday found that 49 percent think the First Amendment goes too far, a total about 10 points higher than in 2001.”
Some more predictable results include:
“Seven in 10 respondents agreed newspapers should publish freely, a slight drop from 2001. Those less likely to support newspaper rights included people without a college education, Republicans, and evangelicals, the survey found.”
What you probably didn’t know is that Sen. Joseph McCarthy has been secretely cryogenetically frozen and is now just waiting to be thawed when the political climate again becomes optimal. Do I smell melting flesh? Oh, Joe, yer dinner’s almost ready!