To #47 I've always seen the 1st Amendment more as a "shield" to protect speech, rather than a "sword" creating a positive duty to speak. Apparently you are able to make a positive duty for the president to disclose private conversations out of the first amendment. Does that apply to all citizens, or just the president? I definitely don't want my pillow talk compelled! To recap, the 1st Amendment to the Constitution reads:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
I guess I'm just not seeing that I have the right to compel disclosure of conversations from the President, a CEO, the homeless guys that live on my street or anyone. I wonder if Jefferson would agree that all his discussions with foreign leaders should have been written in the paper? I'd guess not, but hey it's the new standard the Dems want.