When I'm at work I usually listen to about one hour of radio broadcasts streamed online during the day. If a commercial spot hasn't been sold on line it is usually replaced with a public service announcement (PSA) in place of a commercial. Just this morning I've heard PSA's that have promoted the following issues:
--The benefits of Fatherhood
--Being a friend to someone who has a mental disorder
--Reducing Gun Violence
--Americans need to save money from their paychecks
Obviously the founding fathers approved of the use of taking money from the productivity of every citizen of every state so that some positive, good message could be directed at a few citizens.
The earliest PSA was found in the Federalist Papers and was performed as a skit on the streets of all major cities. Below is an excerpt from those original transcripts:
Young lad - Hello, father!
Father - Good day to you son. Have you finished cleaning the rifles?
Young lad - Yes, father I have. I have a question though.
Father - What is your question my boy?
Young lad - Why must we kill the British Regulars to be free?
Father - It is because they are the force of arms by which King George wishes to take our property and the fruit of our labor without proper parliamentary representation.
Young lad - You're right father. I am ashamed for doubting you.
Father - Always remember the rhyme I've taught you son.
Young lad - Yes, father. If they march in red, by night they're dead!
Father - You're a fine boy!
Narrator - This message brought to you as a public service reminder from the Continental Congress who unlike King George, takes your money to protect you from yourself.
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