My point is: it took a Supreme Court case as recently as 1952, to establish that principle in our country, with its rich free-speech tradition. Lawyers even saw fit at that time to argue that movies shouldn’t get free-speech protection at all because “their production, distribution, and exhibition is a large-scale business conducted for private profit.”
Oh, wait, the President of the United States today argues that corporations don’t have free-speech rights, and many Americans, including highly educated lawyers, are saying the Constitution should be amended to delete those rights.
Let’s not be so quick to assume the man with the “Shut Up America” sign is thoroughly alien. The threats to free speech lie within. They always have.