12 Nov 2012
People think they can say whatever they want because they are protected by the Freedom of Speech. Our First Amendment protects us all from certain legal ramifications, but that is all you can expect. There are always consequences to your actions!
You can almost say whatever you want without facing any criminal charges. The only thing you can’t say are words that incite a riot like yelling “fire” in a theater.
But, you can expect consequences for words that spark controversy. Don’t get confused! Your boss can fire you if your remarks cause the company to lose business because your words reflect on them.
A school might be able to discipline you because it is not a legal action. A school is an entity within itself. Parents can protest and that might keep an act of discipline from taking place.
You can get sued for what you say! If your words cause damage to a business or a person’s reputation, you can find yourself in a court of law answering for what you said, how you said it, in what way it was intended…etc.
Yes, you can almost say whatever you want without facing incarceration for your words. But, there are other consequences and don’t be shocked when people exercise their rights as a response to you exercising yours.
Personally, I will say whatever I feel like saying, whatever I feel is right or is important. But, I am willing to face the consequences for my actions. I know there will be many!