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“Congress shall make no law...abridging freedom of speech.” The United States’ First Amendment protects the right to “freedom of expression” from government interference. Freedom of expression does not only include one part, but actually five. One of these rights is the one called “freedom of speech” which I will be discussing in this paper. The right of freedom of speech is considered to be the most basic component of freedom of expression. The right of “freedom of speech” allows individuals to express themselves without any interference or any constraints from the government; thus, this gives the people the right to express their opinions without feeling any kind of fear from the government. In addition, the Supreme Court requires the government to provide substantial justification if there would be any kind of interference, with the right of free speech where it attempts to regulate the content of the speech.
Thus, it is clear enough that the freedom of speech is protected under the US First Amendment; however, some of the courts can still find it hard to differentiate between what should go under that law and what should be considered as “crossing the line” of that law. Therefore, the Supreme Court has also recognized that the government may prohibit a particular speech that may; for example, cause a breach of peace or might cause violence.
Furthermore, The First Amendment jurisprudence has never provided absolute protection to all forms of speech. In some cases, a speech may also be restricted based on its content; that is if it falls within the narrow class of “true threats” of violence. A true threat is a statement that a reasonable recipient would take to mean that the speaker, or people working with the speaker, inten...

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I believe that defamation laws tries to balance competing interests; thus, on one hand, people should not ruin others' lives by telling lies about them, but on the other hand, people should also be able to speak freely without fear of litigation over every insult, disagreement, or mistake. Political and social disagreement is important in a free society, and we obviously do not share the same opinions or beliefs each and every one of us. However, I still believe it is up to every individual to put limits on what shall be said and done and what shall not. We all have the ability to speak and say our opinions, but we do not have the ability to control others’ feelings and thoughts. Thus, one should respect others the same way he or she demands the respect for themselves. Simply by following the golden rule of, “Treat others the way you want to be treated.”
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