Freedom of Speech Sucks, Doesn’t it?

“It’s freedom of speech,” I said crossing my arms. I was probably 13- THE angsty age- and I was in an arguement with my mother over something I said to my brother. “I can say whatever I want.”

Turns up, I ended up learning a lot from this conversation: a) I can not and b) being grounded for a week sucks

Freedom of speech is kind of Amercia’s “Thing”. Ever since it wound up in the Bill of Rights, Americans have proudly been saying “I can say whatever I want and that’s why we’re the best.” In the 2016 election, this became a major theme. Everything from political correctness and how a president should speak to what defines “hate speech” became incredibly relevant. In the end, America chose the wild end of the stick- which you would think supports more broadened free speech. I mean, these are the people who claim that what he says isn’t valid and “correctness” is ruining America. So now say whatever you want, right?

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“Wrong.”

Donald Trump is now going after the media. He’s proclaiming on Twitter that people who burn the flag should be prosecuted. He’s even saying he’s being victimized by Hamilton. A woman on CNN was recently ridiculed after saying that she felt “betrayed” by a choice of Mitt Romney for Secretary of State.  When it comes down to it, the only free speech he’s protecting is his.

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Like I said before, Free speech is hard. No one in grade school ever explains that it protects people like the KKK- and yet that’s what we should really be proud of. Until that freedom infringes on someone else, like screaming fire in a movie theater, then a person should be protected. I am proud that I live in a country where I can burn the American flag without being taken to jail, because that’s true freedom of speech and expression.

Simply: You may not like it, Donald- but that’s kind of the point.

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