I’m thinking of making a new series. A lot of times I find articles that I’m just not quite sure where I stand, and I’d rather like to know your thoughts.
First one up? The legality of government-mandated advertisements. The particular question has to do with the full-color, graphic images the government is mandating tobacco companies include on every package of cigarettes. My first thought was YES, include them! But an article I read this morning pointed out that this could be seen as a First Amendment issue.
I will be the first to say that the First Amendment is often used as a legal and social broadsword with base misunderstandings of what it actually means. But in this case, the claim certainly appears valid.
So two arguments:
- The right of the government to force a private company to display advertising that attacks itself.
- The question of the slippery slope, the fine line between what a government can do and what a government should do and where that line is crossed.
I have my thoughts, but I’m really interested in yours.
What do you think?