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The Truth About Free Speech

Updated on June 2, 2017

Freedom Of....Wait??!!

Let's talk about this thing called Freedom Of Speech. Many people seem to think it is their right to be able to voice their opinions anytime they feel like it. This is simply not true. Let's talk about the limitation on Freedom Of Speech that have always existed.


It's Not My Employers Business What I Say!

This is simply not true. You work for a company and you are given willful employment to work there. In some states there are strict laws on when you can fire someone. A lot of other states are free will or have very few restrictions on firing an employee. When it comes to making comments that are offensive and degrading, I can not name a state that wouldn't allow an employer to fire you. Only a union could save you from such a situation. Is that a violation of your freedom of speech? No. You are free to speak but when you speak in a public forum consequences can result from that speech. Some of you may stop reading at moment and label me a 'snowflake' who doesn't stand for America. That would be the consequence of me giving local facts you do not want to know. Facts can be hard to swallow but it has always been this way. You may hate a certain race, religion, gender, or sexuality but releasing public tweets about it could go viral on social media. Most companies will not embrace any ideals that risk losing them customers. Why risk losing customers and money when they can simply fire you and use the incident to get free commercialism?. My father always told me if I didn't have anything nice to say, stay open minded and try not to let negativity form my opinion. I am pretty sure most peoples parents or guardians told them to at least not say anything at all if they were going to be rude. Yet, this is now seen as political correctness holding down the 'truth' of opinions. Your employer reserves every right to fire you for your freedom of speech and that's always been the case. Nothing about this has changed over the years. The major difference is when people get mouthy, drunk, political, or self righteous they tend to now post it on social media. This has changed from the days people would spread their dumb and offensive ideals in private. In other words, stop posting stuff on social media and you'll be fine. Never assume its okay because your profile is "private', private does not mean 'not public' it means your security settings should limit the views. However, one screen shot or hacker comes a long and suddenly whatever you posted is public. This is legal, you agree to public terms when you sign up for social media.

Tweets Have No Protection

Apparently there are large groups of people who believe speech is restrained by political correctness. They believe they will become victims. Hate speech is not covered by freedom of speech. It is not okay to belittle a race, sexuality, disability, or otherwise based on your feelings. You have a right to feel as you wish but again, the consequences of such feelings can be dire in the public forum. This again doesn't limit your free speech but you will be judged harshly for such speech. The bad news is that long before the Tea Party existed, there were rules in place against what people could say. You never had a right to cry wolf even if you 'mistakenly' thought there was a wolf despite having not proof of it. You aren't allowed to just scream "Fire" anytime you wish even if you think its warmer than usual in a room. You can not claim you saw someone murder someone if you didn't. You also can't say someone is a child molester because you think they fit that look. You can't degrade people because you feel the need to. You can't scream how much of a Christian you are then go off and let fallacies and lies flood about people you dislike for WHATEVER reason. You can not call the police on someone for being black. We have laws against slander, hate speech, defaming, threats and other topics that will get you in hot water. You can still speak, you can still publish your rhetoric but the consequences are not free. Yet, there are large groups of people who are using suppression tactics such as political correctness to infringe on freedom of speech. I will discuss these groups bellow.

Reverse Political Correctness

This is where things get tricky. You see when a group of conservatives, or perhaps socialist, invite guest speakers to speak , it is their right to do so. However, left wingers have been notorious for disrupting these events and even recently these tactics have resulted in violence. Politically correct activist claim that the messages the speakers represent are that of bigotry or fascism, which is their opinion. The simple truth is the speaker has the right to speak and hate speech is clearly defined by law, no opinions needed. Just because you feel someone might be a bigot or racist doesn't give you the right to stop their freedoms of speech. The idea of using violence to deter the freedoms allowed under our constitution in effort to push your own agenda is a form of fascism itself. In America we have many checks and balances in our political system. Students and staff at schools like Berkley see a guest speakers they are not required to listen to , as justification for everything up to a civil war. Recently a professor was arrested for using a bike lock to strike and attack people. This professor was an ethics professor. There is a growing problem in America with groups judging and using criminal tactics to belittle or silence voices. That is not the country we live in. If one person wants blue and the other wants red, the idea of this nation is that we could settle for green. That idea seems to be lost more and more with each day. Political correct use to be called common sense but today it is being used to oppress differing views in an out of context way. Suggesting , for instance, that Paul Ryan supported Donald Trump, and in your opinion Trump is a racist, bigot so Ryan must be the same is ridiculous. It's also not a reason to incite violence in an attempt to prevent Ryan from speaking. Mike Pence spoke at Notre Dame and many students left, this is the proper way to deal with people you do not agree with. I wouldn't of personally left myself because he's vice president. He has obviously done something right to become that successful so there are lessons to learn from him. I am an independent that leans right , however I hear some arguments that I dislike all the time. The most infamous one uses FBI statistics to prove that 'black people' are the most violent race. Is this racism? It's very troubling but the statistics do indicated what they have stated at face value. Instead of calling someone names and attacking them , perhaps all these 'educated people" should take the time to explain things. You could easily rebut some an assertion by stating that percentage of violent crime committed by people at or bellow the poverty line. You could then state that about 1/3 African Americans are bellow the poverty line while only about 1/13 whites hold the same status. From there it is easy to draw a conclusion that poverty leads to more violent neighborhoods. It's pretty logical and easy to back up when you find that middle and upper class African Americans are far less likely to commit crime and far more likely to also become middle and upper class citizens. I have gotten through to a lot of both left and right wingers about issues they are looking at for face value. It's like looking at the moon and claiming 'there is no water there'. A simple look a few hundred feet down will indicate that the initial observation seemed sound but was incorrect. Did I win that argument? No. What really happened? I acknowledge the facts that were presented to me and gave reasoning to them. I compromised by admitting the issue but then rebuked the idea that race is the main element and instead found a common statistic of humanity. That is our 'class' position based on income. Politically correct and politically correctness are two different things. We can not oppress those who we do not agreed with be intimidation methods. This is one of the greatest threats to our freedom of speech. The idea that questioning things or raising points is bad for our country and can not be tolerated. If its not threatening, inciting riots and hate, asking others to commit violence or oppress others, promoting slander , or threating physical harm, than it is a freedom of opinion we must respect. If you wish to change it, stop crying and compromise to fix the issue.

What Can PC Do To Violate Freedom Of Speech

The mayor of Portland, Oregon is currently asking the federal government to step in and stop 'alt right' rallies set to the take place. Why is this bad? Because even the ACLU came out and blasted this as unconstitutional and a violation of civil rights. Yes, the ACLU is ready to sue left wing members for violating the rights of people. In fact, it seems anytime you do not like something that someone else says, you can just label it as alt right and try to shut it down. Gary Johnson , a libertarian, was also accused of being alt right when his popularity started to grow during the recent presidential race. He apparently said Aleppo didn't matter to him and that America should pull out of the conflict. Many left wingers went on rants about how he didn't know where Aleppo was and wanted all Syrian children to die. This became a very sad example of what PC can do to this country. Gary later acknowledged that he was making a point as a joke but left wing media tore into him. Some claimed he didn't know there was a country called Syria, while others claimed he didn't believe in human rights. What Gary actually knew or believed never mattered to these groups. His entire interview was taken out of context by left wing media including leaving out certain words to make the interview look worse.

So What Is Freedom Of Speech

Freedom of speech is a right to speak your believes without being oppressed for doing so. The freedoms you have come with a price as many topics such as hate speech, violence, threats, omission of guilty, slander, and others parts of speech have consequences. These consequences could land you in prison, get you fired, create an angry mob, even get you murdered. You are still free to speak but consequences could be dire. You also have a right to speak without being silence and this is where liberals are violating the rights of Americans. It can not be tolerated and its one the greatest threats to this country. Acts of violence against those who speak are to a point where they are going to require retaliation. We can not allow anyone in this country to remove someone else's freedoms because they don't like what they are saying. I will finish this by saying that each and every person should fight for their right to speak on an open forum or in public. However, caution what you say and remember that emotions can lead to terrible things. Every person on Earth is human. We are all made of the same stuff. Try to keep that in mind and be thoughtful in your speech. However, do not wield to mobs such as Berkeley. Just remember that when people protest other people's freedoms its never good for our country.

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      Susan Sullenberger 2 months ago from Lakeland

      Thanks for sharing. I tend to not speak my opinion to avoid tension. Oh well, the Bible says the tongue can cause a whole lot of trouble.