It's not comfortable to hear the loud and proud babbling of buffoon minded individuals that really seem to stop short in thinking things through before they open their mouth to babble some more... I suppose we ought not look, however, for comfort in this area of great ignorance... "We The People" may, indeed, have freedom of speech, we may be able to say whatever we want, however we want... and leave it for those who hear us to deal with their own emotions that we so boastfully provoke... sadly, most of the time, without regard to negative consequences to our own goals. Posters are posting all over the board about how the President not being able to speak without the teleprompter... How he has messed up a good many speeches with profound potential because of his apparent inability to think himself through the words posted before him in such a way that he can re-word any possible teleprompter mistakes. I would be more interested in better understanding if our men in office have the option of speaking without the teleprompter. I would be more interested in finding out if our politicians, once in office and even once retired from office, have the same levels of 'Freedom of Speech' as what so much of America boasts about having. I would be highly surprised if, indeed, the President or any other wo/man in office has Freedom of Speech as so many of us recognize it. I would also be surprised if, once we become more informed as a mainstream public, we do not recognize our beloved Freedom of Speech as more of an illusion than an effective reality. The Freedom of Speech, though a potential tremendous benefit to much of reformation... has also been a very destructive force, especially when exercised by 'We The People'.