Not All Free Speech, Just the Speech They Do Not Want
One of the strongest tenets of Conservative philosophy is that free speech is nearly absolute. The successful drive to allow unlimited campaign contributions has been based on the right of free speech.
This doctrine has been carried to the extreme to support the totally illogical argument that opposes a state program that provides additional resources to someone who is taking state funds for a campaign when the opponent using private money is heavily outspending that candidate. Such action by the state is deemed an infringement on free speech by the privately financed candidate, even though there is absolutely no restraint on how much the privately financed campaign may spend.
So it always comes as a surprise to The Dismal Political Economist when Conservatives attack and regulate free speech, although it should not since hypocrisy is a key element of Conservative philosophy. For example, Conservatives has pushed through “gag” laws that both limit a physician’s discussion of abortion and which proscribe certain speech that the physician must say.
Thanks to The Incidental Economist we have been alerted to another violation of free speech by Conservatives in
. This is a report by a physician in Florida Florida commenting on a new law. Florida
|Fla Gov. Scott Reassuring a Future Voter that|
His Doctor Will Not Try to Protect Him From an
Accident with a Firearm
There’s one customary question, though, that I’m no longer allowed to ask. In June, Gov. Rick Scott signed a law barring
doctors from routinely asking patients if they own a gun. The law also authorizes patients to report doctors for “unnecessarily harassing” them about gun ownership and makes it illegal to routinely document firearm ownership information in a patient’s medical record. Other state legislatures have considered similar proposals, but Florida is the first to enact such a law. Florida
The law provides an exemption if the question is “relevant to the patient’s medical care or safety,” though it doesn’t specify what would qualify as relevant. Penalties for violating the law include disciplinary action by the
Board of Medicine, which could include citations, fines and “remedial education.” Florida
So a pediatrician’s questions about gun safety in the house are “off limits”.
Florida chapters of the A. A. P., the American Academy of Family Physicians and the of Physicians have filed a suit contesting the law as a violation of the First Amendment right to free speech. . . American College
“There’s no political agenda — we’re talking about the safety of children,” said Dr. Lisa A. Cosgrove, president of the group’s
chapter. “The best way to protect them is to teach the parents how to protect them.” Florida
|Hey Watch Your Speech - Fla Gov. Rick Scott is Checking on You|