Un-Erecting the First Amendment

I chose my words deliberately and I hope no one minds my horrible joke given that this is not a laughing matter:

U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., says he has introduced a bill that would limit when TV and radio advertisements for erectile dysfunction medication can be aired.

Moran said he proposed the bill in April after hearing numerous complaints about radio and TV advertisements that offer medication to help with the sexual dysfunction, CNN reported Thursday.

“A number of people,” Moran said, “have come up, including colleagues, and said I’m fed up. I don’t want my 3- or 4-year old grandkid asking me what erectile dysfunction is all about. And I don’t blame them.

I am personally not a fan of these commercials — or any commercials, really — but nonetheless it is important to keep in mind that preserving liberty means allowing people to do some things you find objectionable (vices, that is, not crimes), as well as those things you find pleasant. I might not like ED commercials, but that doesn’t mean they should be illegal.

I have a better idea for them: let’s let the FCC, which would administrate this law, go the way of the 18th Amendment and become little more than a footnote in the more boring texts on American history.

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