The First Amendment Is Not Meant To Protect Polite Speech

January 3, 2014, by Ken Jorgustin

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The most basic liberties guaranteed to Americans – embodied in the 45 words of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution – is designed to assure Americans a government that is responsible to its citizens and responsive to their wishes.

Here’s how it has been twisted though, in modern times…


 

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.

-The First Amendment to the Constitution.
The first ten Amendments collectively are commonly known as the Bill of Rights.

These liberties are neither liberal nor conservative, Democratic nor Republican.

 
Here is one problem as I see it today…

UNCOMFORTABLE SPEECH

The 1st Amendment was meant to protect OFFENSIVE speech.
Don’t ever, ever forget that. Polite speech does not need protection…

For decades it has infiltrated our psyche that if we feel ‘uncomfortable’ with or ‘offended’ by something that someone else has said, that the other person is being bad, unreasonable, extreme, or non-social in his or her speech.

In our schools, in our jobs, in the news, in our conversations… people have been taught (brainwashed) that it is improper and offensive to say certain things, certain words, or to discuss certain topics, or to express certain views…

Instead (they say), we should be more sensitive and/or ‘politically correct’ or ‘PC’…

The First Amendment was meant to protect PRECISELY those things, those views, those words, those opinions… no matter how harsh they may seem to the ‘establishment’. We have the right as Americans to free speech – regardless of what others may think.

Don’t ever forget that.

 
That was today’s lesson from history…