The View From My Windshield: Free Speech Zone

America's Best Idea: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee—Who drives halfway through the Smoky Mountains to protest government spending or raise awareness of the coming apocalypse? Apparently no one—at least not for the hour I spent in the "Expression Area."America’s Best Idea: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee—Who drives halfway through the Smoky Mountains to protest government spending or raise awareness of the coming apocalypse? Maybe no one—the “Expression Area” was largely devoid of expressions for the hour I spent there, save for hundreds of sightseers snapping photos, and innocent questions about whether the Smokies are actually “on fire” (they’e not).

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