2008-11-22 / Editorials & Letters

Bring back the Sedition Act


"INSURRECTIONIST: " The Act of engaging in unorganized outbreak against an established government or authority." Also known as, "Seditionist-incitement of public disorderly rebellion against a government." On July 14, 1798, The Sedition Act was under the administration of President John Adams. The Sedition Act made it a crime to publish, "False, scandalous, and malicious writing against government or government officials." Under the Sedition Act, anyone opposing or resisting any law of the United States, or any act of the President of the United States, "Could be imprisoned for up to two years." It was also illegal to "write, print, utter, or publish" anything that criticized the President or Congress.

Unfortunately, this Sedition Act was repealed in 1802, leaving open for Freedom of Speech. Which gives liberty to all those fellows on the airwaves, such as Rush Limbaugh, to call my/ President, who the majority of the Americans voted for, such names as thug, which means a cruel or vicious ruffian or a rough, lawless scum, which means a low, worthless person. He also says that all who voted for such, are all idiots as well, not just the President to be in January, and against all government officials he doesn't agree with. I think there should be a law against such speech, like the Sedition Act of 1798. I hear a lot said that we need to reform. No, we just need to go back to the original form, put together by our Forefathers, like the Constitution of the United States. Paul Jones Baltimore

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