Essay On Freedom Of Speech

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Synthesis Essay: Freedom of Speech

The first amendment is one of the most controversial in all of the constitution. This is mainly due to the fact that its limits are open to interpretation. Freedom of speech, which is given under this amendment, is one of those that can be very easily infringed upon. The amendment protects what people say yet it has its boundaries; you can’t make terrorist threats, yell fire in a crowded theater, solicit bribes, intentionally inflict emotional distress on others or be obscene in public. In a way, the idea of freedom of speech in this country has never been absolute. Yet as we progress as a nation, the question shifts from “does it exist at all?”, to “what are the extents of it and when do you cross the
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In the article “Trump’s NFL tweets are not constitutionally protected free speech”, Kimberly Wehle says that Donald Trump is pushing his boundaries with the constitution and trying to reveal the flaws within them. All he has been doing since his presidency came into effect was put Americans into a confused and worried state. Wehle states “ A ‘right’ finds its true power when the government tries to squash it.” What she is trying to convey is that Congress has a problem, even when they think we abuse the rights given to us. Colin Kaepernick takes a knee during the national anthem and Americans take sides on whether or not it’s right or wrong to do so. In my opinion, I believe that everyone should have a voice no matter what background you come from. I was very inspired when Colin Kaepernick began to kneel during the national anthem because finally someone who had such a large platform began to use it in a positive way. Even though he had received tough criticism for this act, he had brought light onto something that’s been extremely controversial in our country. I began to believe that there is hope to stop the injustice and darkness in our country, but the kneeling within itself has become an issue. Many believe it was disrespectful to the flag and those who fight for it. I was in a doctor’s office when they ran the issue on the news and a man next to me

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