How to describe American freedom of speech?

Mar 19, 11:10 AM

It was sheer brilliance and ingenuity on the part of the Founding Fathers to proclaim freedom of speech in this country’s Constitution. Unfortunately, the things people say sometimes under protection of the First Amendment are utterly retarted.

Therefore, it occurred to me that freedom of speech, in practical application, is retartedly ingenious, or ingeniously retarted. It would be an (perhaps futile) exercise in semantics to explore the difference between the two, but it brought me back to a point I made earlier: that everything in life comes down to balance.

There are countries where you can’t say anything, and there are places where you can say anything and get away with more than you can here in America. The balance that needs to be struck is to say what needs to be said and refrain from the superfluous and the…utterly retarted.

The ingenious part is the granting of freedom to be loud, rude, bold, caustic, etc. The retarted part is the people who exercise that freedom and choose to go beyond the loud, bold, even rude, and cross over into the inane.

Now, whether it’s one human’s prerogative to grant another the freedom of speech or not in the first place, that’s a whole another debate.

America, Civil rights, Life, Society/people

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