Last Saturday, prior to John McCain's appearance, North Carolina Congressman Robin Hayes was warming up the crowd in Concord, N.C. He vaguely remembered saying a few mild things critical of liberals, and extolling the old-fashioned values of hard work. He also recalled putting in a word or two for God. Nothing really Lincolnesque, just the usual things politicos say to get a crowd revved up for its candidate. A day or two later, however, the Congressman was stunned to learn that covert spies had infiltrated the rally and had used sophisticated "listening devices" to slyly preserve - verbatim, in his own voice - the Congressman's every word.
Deftly employing these state-of-the-art "tape players," individuals hiding in the crowd were able to secretly create an actual "recording." When "played back" to a stunned Mr. Hayes, he could actually hear his own voice exhorting the crowd that “liberals hate real Americans that work and achieve and believe in God.” (Hear this "recording" below.)
Mr Hayes was astonished by what he heard, saying he had no memory of uttering such words in exactly that particular order. He explained that he had meant to express exactly the same sentiments but in much different words, words, he explained, that would not be as direct or as clear or as attributable.
The Congressman was also quite concerned that these devices exist at all, and that they can so easily be deployed to spy on citizens who are patriotically pursuing their Constitutional right to employ free speech that the speaker expects the listener to forget rather quickly. Mr. Hayes promised that, pending his reelection, he will ask for Congressional hearings to determine how these listening devices might be regulated or, at least, prohibited from recording political speech.