There were some pretty interesting results from my last poll–at least I thought they were interesting. I asked readers to choose (one) between free markets, free religion, free speech, and free beer.
With 50% of the vote, speech won pretty handily. I’d assume that the 29% who voted for beer were being funny. It’s easy when the punchline is provided, no? 14% chose free markets, and 7% chose free religion.
Why is this interesting? Mostly because free speech won so easily–much more easily than I would have predicted. I think I know why.
If you give me free speech, I can use it to get the rest of them. Okay, to get free beer it helps to be as handsome as ten movie stars, but you get the point.
There’s a reason why freedom of speech is the first right guaranteed in the Constitution. If we ever lose it, all is lost.
*** Bonus points to the people who know why wrestling great Scott Hall is pictured in this post.