What Freedom of Speech Means to Me The First Amendment, with the rest of the Bill of Rights, was ratified on December 15, 1791. The Bill of Rights are the first ten amendments whose intend is to limit the federal government’s authority. The First Amendment protects citizens’ rights of freedom of religion, speech, press, and to assemble. Freedom of Speech means that I can voice or write my opinion on any topic, no matter how strong, as long as my speech does not defame or tarnish another person, business, product, or party, it does not offend the morality of the time or use profanity, and is not an incitement to commit a crime. With all of these restrictions on our First Amendment, the value of it has diminished in quality and quantity to almost nothing for the average teenager. The freedom of speech to a teenager is already limited in all aspects of life. In school I must choose my words carefully because of the negative attention from teachers and peers my words may have, and the possibility of disciplinary action if these words are extreme. At home my speech must also be censored because of the possibility of punishment and the desecration of our intrafamilial relationships. Authorities in today’s society are bringing children up to believe in what they hear and to not challenge the status-quo. Children are not often asked if they agree with what is happening, but rather forced to blindly take what they are told as fact. Even when children open their mouth to oppose what someone says, they are either scolded or overlooked, depending on the situation. When in a small group situation or when going against what an authority acquaintance, teens are often rebuked or reprimanded. When speaking on a large-scale trying to portray their message using general media or in public places, kids are nearly always overlooked and their views are taken as childish antics and nothing to take to mind. Myself, along with children and teens everywhere, are almost
What Freedom Means to Me:
An American Ideal Defined Through the Eyes of a Teenager
Intro to U.S. History 101-03 Prof. Paul Elovitz
Claudia Molina February 1, 2013
Freedom means many different things to many people, but to me it means I can live in a country that believes in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I mean this is the “Land of the Free”. However, these are things that not everyone can experience. Freedom to me also means I can….
30 September 2013
What does freedom mean to you?
Freedom means a lot to me. Personally freedom should be earned not given. As in if you’re an illegal immigrant and you sneak over here, or you get a “green card” you shouldn’t get the American title. One reason is, you and your family didn’t have to go through what most of us Americans have. Such as 9-11. Mostly all Americans have worked for what we have today. Such as stopping the wars, making laws….
believe that freedom is a gift from God and not a political grant
from government. Freedom neither license nor anarchy. It is self-
control. No more and no less. It must be consistent with the truths
expressed in such great moral guides as the Ten Commandments, the
Golden Rule and the Declaration of Independence." As you may have
guessed I didn't write this opinion. But, I do agree with R.C. Holies'
principles presented in this magnificent quote. As I was reading this, it
made me realize how….
WHAT FREEDOM MEANS TO ME
Freedom- the ability to be able to do whatever you please. The right that we Americans are fortunate enough to possess and use in our everyday lives. Freedom has transformed lives, and formed others. Because of the freedom we have in the United States, our lives are significantly better than of those in other, more restricted countries. But as we often take this freedom for granted, it is a good thing to occasionally sit back and reflect on what true freedom means to….
Freedom. Liberty of the person from slavery, detention, or oppression; The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. Freedom, liberty, independence- these three words are the foundation of America. It’s what we were founded on and now rely on today.
Freedom isn't just a word. It's an action. We live in a country where we have many freedoms. Freedoms such as being able to speak out and say what you want to say. The freedom to worship and believe as you choose….
What does freedom mean to me? Freedom means the knowledge of knowing your rights, your personal freedom that nobody can ever take away from you. Freedom means being able to have an opinion without it being judged. Freedom means not being restricted or held down from trying to accomplish your dreams. Freedom is a right that every human being deserves, yet people around the world are being stripped of that right, being forced into a religion or being forced to do things that they may not want to….
You ask me "What freedom means to me? " I don't really think about these things. Now that I am I think that I have something to say about it. Freedom is something that shouldn't be taken for granted. Freedom for me is something we abuse. For example freedom of speech we use that like its nothing people in other places don't have that freedom. Most people don't think about freedom as we do stuff during are day. We don't usually think "How did we get our freedom? " well that's a good question. People….
Freedom!!! Freedom!!! Freedom!!! What a great word to describe life, to describe the air that blows threw the great valley, to describe birds. All these are symbols of freedom. Why you may ask? Why life well because in life they give you the freedom to choose who and what you are going to become as a person. To choose is a form of freedom, because in the past you were not able to choose what you wanted unless you were of the white race. Also the air that blows threw the great valley because no matter….
To me, having the right of freedom of speech means that I can voice my opinion wherever and whenever I feel the urge to without the fear of being prosecuted. The United States would be in an extremely weak state if citizens did not have the right to freedom of speech. Without freedom of speech in our Bill of Rights, people could not necessarily stand up for what they believed in. I think that if a person has a valid point or even an unvalid point that they want to voice nothing should stand in their….