How Free Is Free Speech

07Aug09

Looking at the past weeks headlines over ‘protestors’ interrupting town halls and talking heads crying “Nazi” and “racist” I’m beginning to wonder if our ‘freedoms of speech’ wouldn’t be better protected if they were more limited in some way?

Very scary question to ask. Yes.

But how free are we when people start yelling epithets, hatred, divisive language, and essentially drowning out the voices of the rest of us by their volume? At what point do “concerned citizens” become belligerent thugs?

The national discourse lately seems to have degenerated and split into the camps that ask for basic health care and the right to be heard, and the camps that clamp their hands over their ears and scream “I have the right to be heard, freedom, freedom, freedom!” in loud Braveheart voices.

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