English 101-11 Composition 1
Limitations on One's Rights and Freedom of Speech
How many times have you wanted to express your honest opinion about an issue that concerns you, but you held back because you know in doing so it would lead to unwanted consequences? Many people question the First Amendment due to the fact that some people take advantage of it and use it for the wrong reason. The First Amendment allows you to speak your mind and express any feelings that you might have towards groups, religions, thoughts, or ideas. James Madison once stated, “As long as the reason of man continues fallible, and he is at liberty to exercise it, different opinions will be formed”(Brainyquotes.com). However, with wrong intentions people use the First Amendment to lean on and bend the Bill of Rights as far as they can. The First Amendment should be relied on for the right reasons that consist of honesty and integrity. The First Amendment should not be relied on when we choose to not take responsibility for our own actions.
Over 200 years ago, the First Amendment along with the other nine were introduced by James Madison in order to keep the government from violating basic American civil liberties. According to the First Amendment, “The right to freedom of speech allows individuals to express themselves without interference or constraint by the government. The Supreme Court A for content-neutral legislation. The Supreme Court has also recognized that the government may prohibit some speech that may cause a breach of the peace or cause violence.” Most recently, after September 11th 2001 many take this amendment to the next level and question how free exactly is free speech?
Free speech should not be all free. In “Free-Speech Follies” written by Stanley Fish he states, “Self-censorship, in short, is not a crime or a moral failing; it is a responsibility” (203). I agree with Fish that there needs to be more responsibility...
...Does the First Amendment mean anyone can say anything at any time? No.
The Supreme Court has rejected an interpretation of speech without limits.
Because the First Amendment has such strong language, we begin with the presumption that speech is protected. Over the years, the courts have decided that a few other public interests — for example, national security, justice or personal safety — override freedom of speech. There are no simple rules for determining when speech should be limited, but there are some general tests that help.
Clear and Present Danger
Will this act of speech create a dangerous situation? The First Amendment does not protect statements that are uttered to provoke violence or incite illegal action.
Justice Holmes, speaking for the unanimous Supreme Court, stated, “The question in every case is whether the words used are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils that Congress has a right to prevent.”
Was something said face-to-face that would incite immediate violence?
In Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire, the Supreme Court stated that the “English language has a number of words and expressions which by general consent [are] ‘fighting words’ when said without a disarming smile. … Such words, as ordinary men know, are likely to cause a fight.”...
...saying that freedom of speech is the first step of reaching to a free society . Despite the fact that people need to reveal their personal thoughts about politics and criticize it in any facet, many governments are against this right . In this essay I will outline the arguments for and against necessity of freedomspeech for a free society. As far as I concerned, with the enormous pace of development of technology in our modern-age and mass producing of TV, Radio and accessibility of most of the people to internet, people are aware of their rights and they have the knowledge that by criticizing and showing their disapproval they can obtain their needs. To give more details, I should mention that people have learnt from the history that by having the right to say their ideas and have the security after that, the society will be better place to live.
Added to that many politician are against the idea that people and media should be free to show their thoughts . They also create rules for banning the media and set some red lines for censorships . Additionally governments are afraid of being accused by media in any way . It is an undeniable fact that so many of politician want to hide their dark sides, so they prefer limit the people’s freedoms. I am strongly of the opinion that people and media should have the right to state their...
...Freedom of Speech
The First Amendment for America was built on freedom. The freedom to speak, freedom to choose, freedom to worship, and freedom to do just about anything you want within the law. The first amendment was designed to protect each race. Out of all of our rights, freedom of speech is should be the most cherished, and one of the most talked about subjects. Freedom of speech should be utilized, because so many people fought for the right to have freedom and the freedom to speak. Freedom to vote in every major election. Freedom to travel to any state of your choice. Freedom of speech has allowed Americans to speak out against what is wrong with the country and in the world and it has allowed people to express themselves in their own way(rights and liberties 2003 pg 17) Having the freedom to speak is a positive thing. If you use the freedom of speech in the correct way nothing can stand in your way of becoming the best person you can be and have great success.
Freedom of speech is a brave epidemic that has had a great deal of...
Freedom Of Speech?
Living in America means that we as citizens of the country have many rights according to the laws stated in the United States Constitution, which stands for our principles and make up the rights that American's deserve. One major freedom we have is stated in The First Amendment: "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 the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." This amendment shows that our government should not be allowed to put limitations on the people's right to express themselves through free speech and religion. We as citizens have the right to voice our opinions as long as we do not cause harm while doing so. This is a reason why many people from around the world choose to come to America, for their right to freedom. The first amendment should apply to everyone who lives in the United States, but in some cases it does not.
In a recent case, a teenage boy's right to exercise his freedom of speech was challenged by his high school. He wore an "anti-gay" t-shirt to school on the day of,...
...ON THE LIMITATIONS OF THE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
The Constitution, Article 3, Section 4 provides: “No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press, or of the right of people peaceably to assemble and petition the government for redress of grievance.
*The Constitution forbids not the abridging of speech, but the abridging of freedomofspeech.
There are several reasons why freedom of expression is guaranteed by the Constitution. For some, freedom of expression is essential for the search of truth. This is the marketplace idea, which posits that the power of thought can betested by its acceptability in the competition of the market. Another reason offeredis that free expression is needed for democracy to work properly. The citizen has tobe given the information required for him to be able to perform his civic duty. Stillanother reason is a very personal one: freedom of expression promotes individual self-realization and self-determination.
The importance of freedom of expression is easily appreciated. Notably, this is thefirst right that is always curtailed when a free society falls under a repressiveregime. Our Constitution provides that “sovereignty resides in the people”
Whom manifest it regularly through their suffrages, and more...
...adults. There is currently no system that will prevent children from having access to sites deemed offensive, while still allowing adults to surf wherever they like. It is usually an all or nothing deal. This is just another example of the government trying to limit the rights our forefathers deemed essential.
Freedom of speech is an issue that always comes up when our government or organizations talk about censoring the internet. Many people believe that by censoring what they can see or publish on the internet it is a violation of their first amendment rights. The first amendment 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 of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances" By passing legislature attempting to censor the internet it restricts a persons freedom of speech. Many military people have died protecting this precious freedom. Just because some companies might produce materials that some people feel is offensive, nothing gives the government the right to infringe upon the publishers first amendment rights and censor it from people who would enjoy it. When the government found it couldn’t censor the...
...The Freedom of Speech
In the United States, citizens have several rights that are protected by the United States Constitution. In the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, the Freedom of Expression (speech) is recognized. The Freedom of Speech is the right to express any opinions without censorship or restraint. The right to Freedom ofSpeech is not absolute and is common subject to limitations such as libel, slander, copyright violation, and revelation of information that is classified. While some believe Freedom of Speech violates the rights of others, it is one of the most fundamental rights that citizens of the United States exercise.
I. Freedom of Speech
Censorship is defined as "the control of information and ideas circulated within a society" ("What is Censorship?"). Many citizens of the United States believe that the Freedom of Speech should be restricted. These people think that speech should be limited to protect the feelings of others. As said by Arman J. Britton, "Words are just words until they are put in a certain context. However, even words taken out of context are just words and cannot be subjected to a banning every time it offends someone. The...
Right and Freedoms Assignment
The amendments are constantly being changed and altered to accommodate for the changing being made in the nation today. The founders established that the Constitution change as needed to meet needs of the country, but only if the changes had proper meaning. The amendments added to the Constitution have to meet certain rights for Americans and provide clarification for the original Article V. Over the years the amendments have been changed or altered but have stayed the same in the overall purpose of each amendment, they can be changed at any time, but it will be a while before real action will take place. The amendments are set for Americans freedom and rights, and we should have a say in exactly what they are and how they should be changed if changes are required. The world is always changing and growing and for us to survive and continue thriving we have to make changes.
The freedom guaranteed to me in the First Amendment to the Constitution that is most relevant to me personally would be freedom of speech, I am very opinionated and I have a lot to say, it does not always come out the way I want it to but I still get my point across. I have a tendency of talking a lot more than everyone else and some times that can drive everyone crazy, my mouth gets me in trouble more than other things do. I really need to...