Speech On Freedom Of Speech

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"We can be sure that a top priority of the Founding Fathers of America was protecting each citizen_Ñés freedom of speech. After all, the very first amendment made to the Constitution was designed specifically to protect this fundamental right. As President George Washington so wisely stated, _ÑÒIf the freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter._Ñù It is clear that our nation_Ñés first president understood the importance of having the freedom of speech and its capacity to embolden and define the very character of a nation. I suspect that if President Washington lived today in this age of the internet and social media, he would agree that the importance of protecting this freedom is even greater now than it was in his time. Upholding the freedom of speech, though, requires that responsibility and restraint be practiced by the government, the people, and the individual.

Admittedly, keeping the delicate balance of freedom of speech and governmental regulation can prove to be tough work for the leaders of America, especially in light of the many advances made toward online communication. Everyday our government is faced with questions regarding how much speech can/should be censored, who decides what words are lawful and which are not, and at what point does protecting one person_Ñés freedom of speech begin to pose a threat to the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness of other citizens. Personally, I endorse the

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