Freedom of Speech is most often used when Hate is utilized

Freedom of Speech is most often used when Hate is utilized


687353-001I have a story to share with you. I am not that good as a storyteller, or griot from tribal Africa but hey! That does not intimate that I should not give it a try. Actually, the notion of this story has a history from the day it was accepted as a right.

Understanding that the language of rights came naturally to the colonists; they thought, it was their native tongue. As eighteenth-century writers repeatedly argued, the original English settlers had carried all their rights with them, as passed these rights on to their descendants as a birthright and a patrimony. The belief that Americans and Britons enjoyed unparalleled liberty in the exercise of their rights permeated their political science and even popular culture. What I find interesting is the notion that the custom of the founding generation celebrated their rights and liberties frequently and with enthusiasm. This attitude held by that specific generation also gave those terms a flabby imprecision. Again, without overdone haste, it seems and openly appears that much of the decision-making was done by those who really did not know their rights or why they had them.

Given the inalienable natural rights of life, liberty, and property were bestowed by the Creator according to most of those men assembled together for the debate of the Constitution. For me, the overwhelming beauty of doing this kind of study was generally the perceptions of the great thinkers. As Montesquieu put it, “The political liberty of the subject is a tranquillity of mind arising from the opinion each person has of his safety.” Furthermore, it must be noted that Liberty was also a behavior that was often defined in relation to its deviant opposite, licentiousness.

Moving right along here, it is nevertheless important to look at some rights and how they became fanciful for the sake of writing economy. It would be my pleasure to underscore some writings – especially The Declaration of Independence and the unseen verbiage that is causing most “rights-talkers” to completely misunderstand parts of our U.S. Constitution.

Although Americans invoked broader claims of natural rights as the impasse with Britain verged towards civil war, their dispute was always about the English rights. Up to the Revolutionary War. The “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” in the Declaration took a somewhat modified form of the state bills of rights, which preferred a triad of “enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, as well as pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.” To these familiar rights Americans were also inclined to add a fourth “natural and inalienable” right: “To worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences and understandings,” or to enjoy “the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscious,” as the Virginia Declaration of Rights put it more simply.  Presumably, the class of alienable rights comprised all other rights that existed in the state of nature but which had subsequently been placed under the control of society. Nearly all the activities that constituted the realms of life, liberty, property, and religion were subject to regulation by the state.

It is important to understand that if an individual went too far in displaying their rights, then it was perfectly customary to levy whatever taxes while the assembly, in turn, had a right to chastise malcontents who criticized its decisions too severely. It was President Thomas Jefferson who quipped,

The use of rights must take into consideration civility and conscience.”

At long last, we have arrived at the nexus of our story. Just as life, liberty, property, acquiring, and religion are contained in the First Amendment please understand that freedom of speech is as well. However, very little has been mentioned about it. It is a delicate balance for sure; however, since then just about nothing has been illuminated to advance and/or further the right under the laws of the United States or any individual sovereign state.

download (1)I do not feel that enough has been done according to that basic right, the freedom of speech. It is as though our judiciary system is afraid regarding people doing unconscionable things and hiding blatantly behind their own freedom of speech or expression. This one particular right – perhaps the most important – is suffering at the hands of the mainstream media, comedians, other professionals, celebrities, and wannabes. I can and will forgive what’s her name – Kathy Griffin when I am positive she is asking not me or you, yet rather the entire Trump family by way of God. Bill Maher is without conscience saying whatever for a laugh.


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