Email #35, Subject: freedom of speech?

You wrote to me that the three-branch system and the Bill of Rights will prevent Donald Trump from assuming too much power. But he said that he believes the First Amendment has “too much protection,” and he wants to rewrite laws to reduce it. The First Amendment is one of our nation’s most cherished principles, and you stated yourself that “protecting our constitutional freedoms” is one of your very top priorities. I assume this means you will strongly resist any attempt to alter existing laws that President-elect Trump claims protect us too much? Since these freedoms are so important to you, why haven’t you spoken out against the President-elect when he said, “I’m going to open up our libel laws”?

Chris Gavaler

Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an associate professor at W&L University, comics editor of Shenandoah, and series editor of Bloomsbury Critical Guides in Comics Studies. He has published two novels: School for Tricksters (SMU 2011) and Pretend I’m Not Here (HarperCollins 2002); and six books of scholarship: On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019), Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Routledge 2020), Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury 2021), and The Comics Form (Bloomsbury forthcoming). His visual work appears in Ilanot Review, North American Review, Aquifer, and other journals.

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