In a post Tuesday, I called for the elimination of robocalls.
Naturally, that brought a critic responding by pointing out the irony of a journalist calling for the abridgement of free speech.
Eliminating robocalls and placing other political phone calls on a do-not-call registry would not abridge free speech. The politicians and others who employ these tactics can go ahead and speak all they want; the First Amendment does not require that we listen...especially when the free speech comes uninvited into our homes.
Journalists have First Amendment freedoms and that is an important cornerstone of the American system, but newspapers do not have the guaranteed right to be welcomed into every home. If people are not interested in watching ABC News, for instance, there is no requirement that they do so.
If Americans want to receive robocalls or want to have dinnertime interruptions from politicians, then by all means, they should be allowed to do so. As for the rest of us, there is no reason we should have to put up with these unwelcome and unwanted guests...and it has nothing to do with the First Amendment.