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Hi All,

Once, many moons ago, you could write and say what you wanted about any subject. Has this fundamental right died?

As always, I look forward to your thoughts,


asked Aug 26 '10 at 22:16

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Js Chisum

edited Aug 27 '10 at 18:05

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Thanks for that Fogarty.

(Aug 28 '10 at 10:58) Js Chisum Js%20Chisum's gravatar image

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I don't think this right has died, far from it. Each (American) has the right to say what he or she wants, when he or she wants. The issue is, are you willing to accept the consequences for what you say? Some people do not think before they speak and say things that can easily be turned around or viewed as something totally different then the meaning the speaker intended. This can cause negative feedback and even violence. It's nothing new though, it has happened throughout history and continues to occur every day. The right to say it, however, remains regardless of whom it ticks off.

answered Aug 26 '10 at 22:27

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Yeah you're absolutely right. If you say a racial slur to a person, (which are completely 100% no doubt about it allowed to do), the police can not initiate any action against you, until the victim decides to press charges for racial slurs, or harassment. Whatever you want to classify it under.

(Aug 26 '10 at 22:40) AppleHack23 AppleHack23's gravatar image

There are limits to what can be said. For example, one can not go into a crowded building and shout "Fire!" (unless there is one, of course).

(Aug 26 '10 at 23:29) RyanMurphy RyanMurphy's gravatar image

Each American - lol. I forgot everyone else in the World can't speak.

(Aug 28 '10 at 11:51) BrunoMCP BrunoMCP's gravatar image

If it was then you wouldn't be allowed to ask this question

answered Aug 27 '10 at 06:29

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Too true :))))))))))

(Aug 27 '10 at 11:00) Ross Walker Ross%20Walker's gravatar image

It isn’t dead, People just often take Freedom of Speech too far and/or for granted.

Free speech requires responsibility for what one says. Yet, No matter how truly unoffensive ones words are, The Politically Correct movement acts like unless ones words are ridiculously sanitized, one is being “improper” & “offensive”. Political Correctness is just plain asinine. With the Politically Correct movement, One is condemned no matter what one may say.

When people are purposely being ridiculously offensive, They scream free speech when they get condemned for the filth they spew. Free speech isn’t a license to spew filth. I’m not meaning one should only use G rated speech mind you, but certain situations require decency when speaks or writes.

answered Aug 27 '10 at 10:04

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We still have freedom of speech, but it is becoming more and more limited. Amazingly it is not the government doing the limiting, it is the people. If you are wiling to fight for your freedom of speech it will be guaranteed to you. Otherwise, you are letting yourself be limited. A lot of people will let their freedoms be tarnished in the real world because they still have them on the internet, but they don't quite understand that this is next.

So, as long as you fight for and exercise your freedom of speech, it will always be there.

answered Aug 28 '10 at 16:35

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The Freedom of Speech is alive and well, but it's a double-edged sword. | My question 'Why is there a double-standard to who can use of the N-Word?' is an example where some are allowed to exercise their Freedom of Speech, while others may suffer consequences if certain WORDS/VIEWS are voiced. The 'Political Correctness' movement has also weakened 'Freedom of Speech'. Internet Neutrality is like Freedom of Speech, and it too is being attacked. Censorship comes in many forms, so keep an open mind. Don't take what the media or government are saying at face value. Fact Check them, and point out BULL$H!+. Don't be lemmings/sheep. We've come this far, so let's NOT lose this precious right.

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answered Aug 26 '10 at 23:22

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(Aug 27 '10 at 13:11) r0bErT4u r0bErT4u's gravatar image

Freedom of Speech, and everything else in the Bill of Rights, only limits what the government can do. It has nothing to do with what private (e.g. businesses, private organizations, etc.) can do.

answered Aug 26 '10 at 23:30

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Hi, thanks for the reply. I will say one thing, you mention The Bill of Rights, Do you not believe that Freedom of Speech is for all humans not just Americans.


Chisum, [A proud Irishman ]

(Aug 27 '10 at 09:01) Js Chisum Js%20Chisum's gravatar image

There are times when free speech needs to be exorcised for good reason. People need to be able to question authority and the actions of government for all their good, our leaders are still human and not perfect. They make bad decisions that we need to be able to speak out against if we truly feel policies are wrong.

However we have to learn to exorcise our free speech in a level headed and constructive manner. Disagreeing with something is fine. But there are many positive ways to disagree with something without becoming another generic foul mouthed infant.

I am proud to live in europe where I feel I can say whatever I want. However I am proud that most of us are blessed with self control so that we avoid being offensive for the sake of being offensive and that when things anger me i'm able to expel my annoyance in a level headed manner without making a big deal over something small and inconsequential.

Basically. You can have free speech. But just try to be nice. It's not hard and remember that for all our different colors and beliefs that we are all just human. We all feel love, hate, sadness, jealousy and fear to some extent. We are all trying to make the best of the cards we've been dealt.

answered Aug 27 '10 at 17:00

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edited Aug 27 '10 at 17:00

Freedom of speech has never been more free.....Dude you can be and say whatever you want to.

answered Aug 27 '10 at 17:06

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If only this was true, in a way it is true. I can stand up in a bar in my country and say I love English people. this is free speech, but I will end up in a coma if I am lucky, so is it free or will it cost me my life.

(Aug 27 '10 at 18:39) Js Chisum Js%20Chisum's gravatar image

you can still say what you wish... but are you willing to accept what you say. for example i can say something and end up offending them, now the question is do i have the right to offend other people? do other people have the right not to be offended? do i have the right to say that i'm going to do bad things to people? do people have the right to live without fear of people doing bad things to them, such as killing them?

you have the right to say what you want, i believe i have the right to not live in fear of someone killing me and i believe i have the right to not be offended by what other people say...

So as the old saying goes "your rights end when my rights began."

answered Sep 10 '10 at 11:26

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There never was such thing as freedom of speech. Just politicians who like to BS and people who fall for it

answered Aug 27 '10 at 18:08

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Well...then tell me what you would like to say, that you are not allowed to say??

(Aug 27 '10 at 18:10) Guyfromdenmark Guyfromdenmark's gravatar image

Can Jonesm use the N-Word, and drop N-Bombs in response without fear of bad consequences?

(Aug 27 '10 at 18:14) r0bErT4u r0bErT4u's gravatar image

Well that's just plain ignorant and rude. We all know how much that word hurts people. It has even got to the point where African Americans will not say it. You have the RIGHT and the FREEDOM to say it. Just don't expect people to think of you as anything but a retard.

(Aug 27 '10 at 20:12) teddgcm teddgcm's gravatar image

My question 'Why is there a double-standard to who can use of the N-Word?' is an example where some are allowed to exercise their Freedom of Speech, while others may suffer consequences if certain WORDS/VIEWS are voiced.

(Aug 27 '10 at 20:17) r0bErT4u r0bErT4u's gravatar image
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