The poet William Stafford set himself the task of writing a poem a day. When someone asked him what he would do when his poem-of-the-day wasn't very good, he replied "I simply lower my standards." In order to increase output, the bar here is set at a low level - the point of this is to have some fun with current events and politics. I welcome contributions and comments. Now you can also follow Doggerelo on Twitter (@doggerelo). Because of continuing medical problems, I'm no longer able to post a poem-a-day. I'll continue to post poems, but at a reduced frequency, so please stay tuned.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Oops! Forgot About that First Amendment.

Republican lawmakers in the NY State Assembly proposed legislation that would forbid anonymous comments on the internet.  Their motivation was to reduce the malicious bullying on the internet that plagues young people today.  Somehow, the lawyers among them didn’t realize that their legislation was unconstitutional and that the first amendment protects anonymous commentary.    

Want to comment on the internet?
Here’s a rule you can’t forget:
Anonymous remarks are banned,
Your name is what they now demand.
To bullying they to put an end meant
But they forgot the first amendment.

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