Freedom of Speech

Research Paper
Freedom. All of us have heard this word but what does it mean? Freedom of speech is the freedom to speak freely without censorship of limitation, or both (Wikipedia). “It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you”-author unknown.   Why is it that as Americans some of us are so unwilling to fight for our freedoms? Our freedom of speech is slowing being taken from us without   our awareness.   People all over the world use speech to express our thoughts and ideas.   Most countries are not allowed to have this great freedom.   Some people still express themselves through speech but the consequences could be and are severe.   As Americans we should be happy knowing that we have our freedoms.   Ensuring our freedoms has cost a lot of brave men and women their lives.   Included below is the history of freedom of speech, the limitations and an issue that happened in Las Vegas.

Freedom of speech has a long and dangerous history for our country.   The United States constitution was signed on September 17, 1787 but it did not include the freedoms our forefathers wanted for this country.   Thomas Jefferson wanted to make sure we had freedom of speech and freedom of religion put into the constitution.   In his home town of Virginia, Jefferson made sure freedom of speech and religion were put into the state constitution.   After that Jefferson’s main priority was to persuade James Madison to make the Bill of Rights ( The Bill of Rights was put into effect on December 15, 1791 when it was ratified by the state of Virginia.   The Bill of Rights contains the first ten amendments of the constitution.   The Bill of Rights protects the American citizens from the power of the federal government.   The first amendment states that “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...