In his May 18 Tuesday Opinion column, “The GOP can’t cancel what it doesn’t control,” Matt Bai bemoaned the idea that, in his mind, the left is “canceling” free speech when publishing houses refuse to publish material that is offensive to them. (Leave aside the fact that the Constitution’s concept of free speech doesn’t mean a guarantee of publication for pay.)

His most amazing statement was that “there really is no symmetry between the parties when it comes to their ability to choke off free expression.” This is true, but not in the way Mr. Bai meant it: There is no greater form of free expression than the ability to vote and to have one’s vote count. The Republican Party is the all-time champion in choking off the ability of citizens to vote and to have their vote count. If you can control that, what else do you need?

Kathie Sowell, Vienna