Freedom of speech and freedom of the press gives us the right to speak, post, and publish our thoughts and feeling on things that matter to us and affect our lives. Sometimes you have to go public with an issue to get results. With the internet and new technology, we now have a very wide range of ways to communicate our thoughts, feelings and opinions. It is our 1st Amendment right and one that is often challenged when we post or speak freely on topics others may not like.
As Americans we can exercise our rights to develop the knowledge and strength needed to continue to fight for what we believe in and for what we as Americans deserve. We should never allow anyone to intimidate or try to suppress us when we are only stating facts in the information we obtain in order to achieve the results we desire.
But what about when that same Freedom of speech and of the press causes harm to others and violate their civil rights. Where do we draw the line? Does Freedom of speech give us the right to use offensive language that could start a fight or incite a riot? Is Freedom of speech equal to freedom of expression in that the right to condemn the US government extends to offensive, symbolic actions that does not involve the use of written or spoken words such the burning of the American Flag? Should Freedom of the Press allow the right to publish scandalous, defamatory, and libelous material? And if not, can the government stop the publication of these types of material?
The Supreme Court has addressed many of these questions. Their answers don’t always create unanimous agreements. But the decisions of the Court’s created a prism in which Americans have examined acceptable limitations that society might place on the freedoms protected by the First Amendment.
There is always going to be some grey areas when it comes to our First Amendment rights. In my opinion the first Amendment protects us when we are striving to achieve a better world for others that represents equality for all. When what we are fighting for will improve the lives of others without hurting anyone else in return. Any messages that encourage hatred towards humanity in any way should be exempt from the 1st Amendment. Our 1st Amendment rights should always be about progress and equality for all Americans without the degradation of any group or government.