Free Speech Should Not Be Restricted

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Free Speech Should Not be Restricted

I have an idea!  How about we let everyone freely speak their minds about issues and ideas.  Some will be better than others will of course, but the outcome will be a compilation of everyone’s best thoughts.  Everyone that is, except you.  We, meaning the country, decided that whatever it is that you have to say isn’t all that important and it is recommended that you keep all your thoughts to yourself as it is hard not to be offensive to everyone at the same time.  By offensive I mean to displease someone.  In general, no one really likes what you have to say.  Therefore it has been decided that you and only you will be silenced.

“If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.”  John Stuart Mill could not have been more correct in his statement, using the first paragraph as an example.

Walking into any airport, post 9-11, a series security checks is necessary.  Taking the Security Edition of the Bill of Rights along will make it required to offer them up.  The nation “needs to get used to offering them up for inspection.” (Security)  The country should not have to get used to having its rights taken away.  To freely express oneself is one thing that makes this country great. 

“Good citizens know they’re accountable for their actions (someone has said, “My right to swing my arm ends when my fist hits your nose.”)  There are those, however, who tend to forget that they also are held accountable...

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