The Importance of Freedom of Expression in America Would life be the same without freedom of expression? Expressions of hate, sometimes called hate speech, are highly prevalent in today's society; one group using them is the KKK, in particular Charles Brandenburg. Government leaders may also want to repress free speech for the motive of keeping the citizenry in the dark so they don't learn about corruption in the hierarchy of our country. The aforementioned corruption is what freedom of expression was created for; to give the populace some control over the government's actions. The Vietnam War was one of the largest events where freedom of expression was used.
If speech is abused so freely that it enslaves the minds of another should it become a privilege, rather than a right? In his essay “On Racist Speech”, Charles R. Lawrence III argues for limitations on Freedom of Speech as described in the First Amendment to prevent only the most heinous racial remarks. While I understand why many Americans initially find limiting freedom of speech contradictory to the concept of our free states, Lawrence argues that we should “regulate harassing speech” when it infringes upon the -rights of another (61). To defend the First Amendment is important, but we must not forget the unalienable rights imparted upon us in the earlier Declaration of Independence. When a misapplication of our First Amendment rights inhibits any person’s ability to peacefully experience “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”, restriction of speech is imperative to the preservation of equality.
In many cases, evil can be advocated in forms of speech, causing many to believe that in order to prevent wrong from prevailing, censorship must be practiced with a fervor. In his essay “Censorship Can Be Beneficial,” Thomas Stork says, “Now if we can identify certain evils, and if advocacy of those evils seems likely to encourage people to commit them, then why should we not take the next and logical step and prohibit such advocacy… Must the authorities be helpless to restrain the source of the evil?” (20) This statement is a logical one, for one of the American government’s greatest concerns is protecting its citizens from violent acts.
From the opening sentence of the essay, “We are free to be you, me, stupid, and dead”, Roger Rosenblatt hones in on a very potent and controversial topic. He notes the fundamental truth that although humans will regularly shield themselves with the omnipresent first amendment, seldom do we enjoy having the privilege we so readily abuse be used against us. Freedom of speech has been a controversial issue throughout the world. Our ability to say whatever we want is very important to us as individuals and communities. Although freedom of speech and expression may sometimes be offensive to other people, it is still everyone’s right to express his/her opinion under the American constitution which states that “congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press”.
The most frequent being in protest of the government and their political or foreign decisions. Many people are very offended by burning America’s “national symbol” and view the act as “un-patriotic” and extremely disrespectfu8l towards the nation, its history and heritage. Many Americans believed that flag burning and desecration should be criminalized. However, other citizens believe that flag desecration is protected under the constitution and should be legal. It is argued that because flag burning can be viewed as expressive or symbolic speech, it falls under the First Amendment’s freedom of speech, and therefore cannot be criminalized.
These people hate the United States of America because they are jealous of w... ... middle of paper ... ...n the world. The main reason for the Taliban choosing to attack the United Stated of American on September 11, 2001 was due to the freedoms that Americans live with everyday. The 1st Amendment in the Bill of Rights states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” (NARA). Americans live with the freedom of speech, religion, and in most cases, the ability to have a second chance, while people living in other countries don’t have these luxuries. Works Cited Bush, George.
Also, the definition states suppression of speech considered inconvenient to the government. The Constitution guarantees us the right to Freedom of Speech specifically to keep government from suppressing our speech. Many argue that there are words, phrases, pictures and ideas that are so offensive that we must have government pass laws to keep these from being spoken or discussed. They would further argue that the enormity of the degree of offense warrants such censorship. There are certain types of speech that fall under that definition, howe... ... middle of paper ... ...an trust what the paper’s say because the state runs the media.
They are seeking peace and the U.S. officials are preventing this from happening. There are many reasons why some individuals would say no to the acceptance to the Syrian refugees in America, but why? If these political leaders were to stop these innocent people from entering the home to all immigrants, it would result in more problems. Not all Muslims are terrorists, ISIS is a disgrace to this religion of Islam. If an individual would weigh all the pros and cons of this situation, they would then realize why the American government should allow this group of innocent people into the United States.
Manny Fernandez and Dave Montgomery reply, “Guns should not be allowed at universities it places the students at risk.” (Fernandez and Montgomery, p.1) And Manny Fernandez and Dave Montgomery further support their principal claim with reasons that reflect their values and beliefs. To convince the audience that guns should not be allowed at universities, Manny Fernandez and Dave Montgomery explain, “Allowing guns at universities place students and professors in serious danger.” (Fernandez and Montgomery, p.1). And to prove that “An armed society is a safe society, so anytime you have gun control, there is far more opportunity to become victims,” (Fernandez and Montgomery, p.1) they remind the audience that banning guns is valuable and worth protecting. Manny Fernandez and Dave Montgomery’s evidence also reflects their knowledge. When arguing gun control, for example, they mention examples, such as accidents occurred with a gun in universities.
In section two of the sedition act it consists of freedom of press, which has some boundaries. It states that the government has every right to punish anyone who writes any defamatory and libel statements against the government. Mostly likely they would get a fine. I do believe that Americans shouldn’t write any false statements about the government; however I do believe that they have the right to criticize the government. Therefore, I have a strong belief that Americans do write some authentic statements that the government tries to hide from us, but there is some who write libel statement just to get people attention.