Category Archives: Freedom of Speech
Essays on Freedom of Speech
The Espionage act of 1917
On this day, Yom Hashoah, we recall the millions who died as a result of a legal process and we ask the question, could such things ever happen here in the United States?
The Espionage Act of 1917 was used to silence opposition to the Governments policy of War with Germany. In 1799 the Alien and Sedition Act was used to silence critics of the Government in the United States. But by the 1960’s attitudes about dissent to Government war efforts had changed significantly.
But what would it take to change them back and restore a scenario where “dissent is [not] patriotism?”
The 1st Amendment protects citizens from the government when they exercise their speech and press rights. So was it “free speech” or “creating a hostile learning environment,” when the President of the University of Oklahoma expelled two students for what they sang on a bus? And when a local man rips down a neighbors offensive house decorations, is it protected?
Does money donated to a political candidate or cause equal free speech?
The McCutcheon ruling from the Supreme Court opens a lot of questions and great argument between Pat and Jeff about whether or not money is speech and what – if anything – can be done to limit its corruptive influence