It is being reported at the moment on the Drudge Report that in an upcoming interview President Bush said the following:
As a free speech advocate, I often told parents who were complaining about content, you're the first line of responsibility; they put an off button on the TV for a reason. Turn it off... Government can, at times, not censor, but call to account programming that gets over the line. The problem , of course, is the definition of 'over the line'
I know people don't think so, but as far as I'm concerned that's the "conservative" (in the small-government, Goldwater sense) view on freedom of speech. That's part of why my conservatism led me to become a libertarian. I know there are some on the left (and other places of the "spectrum" that might not be described as right or left but most vocally not right) who think conservatism has a totalitarian view toward freedom of speech, and I know there are some on the right who seem to think so, too, and evidence such an attitude. But in my view, that's not what conservatism stands for.