Here’s a First Amendment review for the loud folk in the back…
“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.”First Amendment, United States Constitution
The First Amendment only forbids the federal government from interfering with, or dictating citizens’ speech. That’s all it does.
The First Amendment does NOT:
- entitle any citizen to a platform for speech.
- require anyone to share their platform with you.
- require anyone to listen to you.
- protect you from the consequences of the things you say.
“Free Speech Rights” only mean that if you manage to get a platform from which to speak, the government can’t be the one to knock you off of it when they’re tired of hearing what you are saying. “Free Speech Rights” don’t have SQUAT to say about whether or not anyone else can.
Any person experiencing the consequences of their own speech – by being told they are no longer welcome on a public platform – who then tries to claim their free speech rights are being violated, is telling you one of two things. There are only two options.
- They are utterly ignorant of the 1st amendment and you really shouldn’t listen to them on that topic.
- They know exactly how the 1st amendment works and are utterly comfortable lying to you about what they are experiencing in order to manipulate your outrage.
It’s always up to you to decide which one you think is going on at any given time. However, those are your only options.