Freedom of Speech: The First Amendment Essay

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When the Constitution of the United States was ratified it mainly addressed the structure of the government with very few liberties for the individual. However, the states demanded a bill of rights that addressed the rights of the individuals as well. As a result, the Constitution began to adapt and change by adding amendments. Today the Bill of Rights still continues to change based on the will of the people and the judgment of the U.S. Supreme Court however, the core principles that our country was founded on has remained the same. There are currently 27 amendments to the Constitution of the United States all of which address the structure of the federal government, its functions, the powers of the states, and the liberty of all …show more content…
Censorship is a form of control that endangers our constitutional rights. Eleanor Roosevelt said “the destiny of human rights is in the hands of all our citizens in all our communities” (Why).
Most proponents for censorship argue that censorship of the internet, television, music, art, etc. would protect minors from being exposed to the “bad” things in the world around them however, allowing the government to place any kind of restrictions on what we see, hear, speak, or publish is a danger to our right of freedom of speech. Take the internet for example, it is a place where we have a wealth of information at our fingertips. Most of us today access the internet for many different reasons and are free to do so at our own will. It is no secret that the internet is full of undesirable material, but as parents we can control what our children have access to. There are many programs available today that parents can utilize that will allow them to restrict unwanted material. Also, many private companies and organizations currently have restricted access to only those that prove they are of legal age. Another viable solution for children viewing objectionable material is to put a labeling system on websites just as they do movies. This would make it easier for parents to set parental controls as to what can be accessed or what cannot. The thought of

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