Persuasive Essay On Freedom Of Speech

1083 WordsNov 13, 20175 Pages
Freedom of Speech When the rules and doctrines of our country were first being assembled, the right minded individuals with the power of legislature took a page from John Locke and affirmed that Americans are endowed with a list of natural rights upon birth. The first and arguably most important notch on that list if the frequently used and abused First Amendment, our freedom of Speech. The First Amendment solemnly declares that Congress is incapable of passing any legislation which inhibits a citizen’s right to make their grievances and opinions known. Now back in those days, time was much simpler for a new and developing country; there was confrontation about political parties and civil rights raging for centuries, but the lines of…show more content…
There are four main pieces that relate to the people’s ability to portray their ideas: we have the freedom of speech to voice our opinions vocally, the right to publish our ideas without government censorship, the right to assemble under a peaceful pretense and the right to petition for a change in government if we the people are displeased with the current state of affairs. Those are all well and good, but over the years people have surmised ways to get around these ideas and do as they please. Can individuals slander and lie about an individual to belittle them and make their side seem more correct? Can the press publish and distribute whatever they so desire, even if involves heinous acts like child pornography or conspiration of arson? Are people still allowed to protest when things turn violent and uninvolved property is damaged? Can people really pass a change that is met with an almost equally opposition if they line up their gerrymandered representatives right? As it can be made known, our modern society loves to play with the rules and bend them far enough to get what they want without snapping society in half. I would like to argue that cases like these push past the expected bounds of the First Amendment since they cause harm to the country on a greater level. As theorized by Hobbes, humans are inheritably evil and selfish, and we witness
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