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,
Answer by teddgcm · Aug 26, 2010 at 11:27 PM
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.
Answer by BlazeEagle · Aug 27, 2010 at 11:04 AM
It isnâ€™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 â€œimproperâ€ & â€œoffensiveâ€. 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 isnâ€™t a license to spew filth. Iâ€™m not meaning one should only use G rated speech mind you, but certain situations require decency when speaks or writes.
Answer by Eric Fox · Aug 28, 2010 at 05:35 PM
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.
Answer by r0bErT4u · Aug 27, 2010 at 12:22 AM
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.
Answer by RyanMurphy · Aug 27, 2010 at 12:30 AM
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.
Answer by trueb · Sep 10, 2010 at 12:26 PM
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."
Answer by Elyne · Aug 28, 2010 at 12:08 PM
Is it death? I don't think so but I think that 9/11 changed that fact a lot, governments/police forces are trying to protect their countries but are sometimes going a bit too far if you ask me. On the other hand if you yell bomb!!!! in a train you shouldn't be surprised that you get arrested even that is technically freedom of speech,it's just a stupid thing to say. Or like the people who got arrested because they tweeted that they would bomb an airport I don't think that they should be arrested over but they were just plain stupid to say/type so. So what I try to say with my rambling is, no it isn't dead but if it continues the way it goes like now it will be soon. Yes governments can watch over their country but they shouldn't go too far.