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Should Freedom of Speech Ever Be Restricted?
"Free expression is the base of human rights, the root of human nature and the mother of truth. To kill free speech is to insult human rights, to stifle human nature and to suppress truth."— Liu Xiaobo
Freedom of Speech Should Never Be Restricted
No, I do not believe Freedom of Speech should ever be restricted. In the United States of America, there is no amendment or law stating that you have the right not to be offended, and it should be kept that way. Restricting a persons freedom of speech is taking away from their basic human rights. If you are offended by what someone has said to you, then simply walk away or ignore it. There is absolutely nothing making you stay there and listening to something that offends you, you can simply walk away and ignore it. The day the United States starts restricting a persons freedom of speech is the day every citizen of the United States looses their freedom.
Making laws against Freedom of Speech would be purely based upon emotion, it would not be based upon reason. If a person was thinking rationally then they would know that freedom of speech should never be restricted, because the emotion is the only reason that people would want to restrict free speech. Emotions cause a person to be offended, but not everyone gets offended by the same things. Therefor making laws restricting free speech based on what offends people then no one would be able to say anything ever, everyone would have to be mute.
The United States Constitution
The U.S Constitution is the oldest written national constitution that is still in use, around the world. The constitution defines what certain branches of the government are and their functions. It also defines the basic human rights of citizens of the United States. The first 10 Amendments of the Constitution make up the Bill of Rights. We are going to be focusing on the First Amendment, the First Amendment guarantees our rights to freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition. Without these basic rights, America would not be what it is today.
People have did in our country to protect our rights, and that includes our right to freedom of speech. For people to just throw that right away and to put restrictions on it would be disrespectful to the hundreds and thousands of people who have sacrificed their lives so that you had these basic human rights. The right to Freedom of Speech is a right that protects racists, chauvinists, and everyone out there that has prejudice thoughts towards another group. Even though this right protects these people too, once we start taking rights away from one group of people that is when they can start taking rights away from everyone and that is when we lose our freedom, that we have tremendously fought for and what hundreds and thousands have died for.
"Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government: When this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins. Republics and limited monarchies derive their strength and vigor from a popular examination into the action of the magistrates."— Benjamin Franklin, U.S. Founding Father
Universities and Colleges
Younger generations are being raised to have freedom from speech rather than freedom of speech. A lot of freedom of speech restrictions are happening at our colleges and universities. At universities or colleges people are figuring out what they are going to do with their lives. These are the times that nothing should be restricted, because you are setting yourself up for the real world. You are going to met people in your life that are not going to stop talking about something simply because it offends you and you need to learn how to deal with those kinds of situations. College students are not going to learn how to deal with people offending them and disagreeing with them when restrictions are being made to their freedom of speech.
"When the public's right to know is threatened, and when the rights of free speech and free press are at risk, all of the other liberties we hold dear are endangered."— Christopher Dodd