Do you strongly support freedom of speech? Do you think it should have limits?
The First Amendment states:
” 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.”
Yes. And yes. What is freedom of speech for? It began so that people could express their ideas to the government or about the government without suffering from repercussions from the government. For example, a local farmer could voice his opinion without worrying about their fields being taken away or destroyed. We can say that the government should be run in a different way because of the First Amendment. I saw a video yesterday in which a truck driver flagged down a state trooper, who was speeding and talking on his cell phone. If we didn’t have the first amendment, the truck driver would not have been able to do done that and not been sent to jail himself.
In some regards, freedom of speech has been taken out of context. It doesn’t mean that we should insult people. Freedom of speech does not give anyone the right to be an ass. It doesn’t give you the right to berate your kid during his soccer game. You still don’t have the right to disrespect the mother or father of your children on the Maury Povich show. People do it everyday though because somewhere along the line, it became acceptable to be an idiot on national television. There aren’t any laws stating that you have to respectfully talk to someone either. It doesn’t seem fair that people can be rude all the live long day.
Somehow when Voltaire said, “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it,” I don’t think he imagined all of the horrible and stupid things that people say to each other. Luckily, there are laws against things like slander, hate speech and defamation.
So, it’s my blog and I’ll say what I want . . . within reason, of course.