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for a redress of grievances.” Abridgement is normally taken to mean shorten when applied to books or texts. However, according to the dictionary, abridgement also means to diminish the capacity or scope. This idea that no one can diminish anyone else’s ability to be heard is the very foundation of American society. Free Speech does not just mean the right to stand on a street corner and talk aloud, but also applies to anything from bumper stickers, to art sculptures, to clothing. Music is a form of free speech that is protected under the law. Rating systems for song lyrics is a form of encumbering free speech. The reason why ratings are an encumbrance to music as free speech is because they arbitrarily assign value that dictates access based on the subjective viewpoint of a board of people. This assumes that song lyric ratings are arrived at in the same manner as current movie ratings. There are 8-13 members of the Board who serveTorres Cruz 2
for periods of varying lengths, no one in the movie industry has the authority or the power to push the Board in any direction or otherwise influence it.” So basically what this means is that 8 to 13 people get todictate the standard and age appropriateness of material for all of the United States.