Freedom of Speech and Censorship

You have the privilege to speak your mind which is the freedom of speech afforded to everyone including those who may think differently than you. This means they can say things contrary to your core values and in a way you would not choose, such as offensively or loudly or in large number.

Americans pretty much understand democracy. Our founders did not believe in mob mentality or majority rules, which is why they said a popular vote would not be enough to elect a President. Our President needed to obtain electoral votes and spend a lot of money to get out the message fairly as well. Freedom of speech has limitations and parameters, including our right as citizens to censorship.

Anyone who has ever served on a jury or been part of a jury trial can attest to the fact that everyone can see the same witnesses, read the same papers, look at the same evidence and photographs and come to 12 different conclusions based on their own states of mind or emotional filters.  

A person in any kind of decision-making position, particularly when others are depending upon them for their very livelihoods, should take special care to censor out what they are actually seeing and hearing. Like a politician, a psychiatrist, or even the intuition of a mother and father, folks need to be alert to the difference between truth and fiction and make determinations about what they believe to be true on true facts.  

We also have the right to say NO, YES, I DON’T KNOW or simply I WILL GET BACK TO YOU LATER ON THIS. We can tell ourselves, “Hey, I know that isn’t true what that guy just said” as well as “But I will not respond.” The Constitution also affords us the right to edit, revoke, renew, and refresh just like our computers do.

We not only have the right to say what we think, but to NOT say what we know (5th or Miranda). We can change our minds, choose not to defend what we have said or simply say, “It depends on what the meaning of IS, IS.” But we also have the right to censor out what we do not want to say, hear or see. Modern technology has been able to assist us in this by providing various security systems like Parental Control blocks on TVs.  

Censorship can also be administered by editors and publishers of news. Even the angle, close up on a face or personal bias of a photographer colors the viewpoint. For this reason, we need to be ultra-vigilant to the whole truth and nothing but the truth. We also should be cognizant of what has not been said, shown or told properly.