"Free speech is about as good a cause as the world has ever known. But it…gets shoved aside in favor of things which at a given moment more vital…everybody favors free speech in the slack moments when no axes are being ground."
Heywood Broun
(1888-1939) American journalist, founded the American Newspaper Guild
New York World, 23 October 1926
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Hate Speech? Something that cannot be defined in legal terms, it's malleable as silly putty in the hands of leftist social justice warriors who in their zeal unceremoniously throw free speech in an unmarked grave and gleefully shovel in the dirt to bury it alive and screaming for true justice.
 -- Mike, Pleasant Hill     
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    Free speech is a great inalienable right. The occupying statist theocracy infesting this land does not agree. Most favor free speech as a talking point in down times  not when it interrupts their religious dogma.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- jim k, Austin      

    It's like diluting the currency by printing more money without an equal amount of backing  current holders' money is now devalued, i.e. inflation.  Same for 'words'  it does not take many words to tell the truth.  But with a flood of words, often charged to fever pitch, simple truths are drowned out and diluted and tainted.  That's using 'free speech' as a weapon, and the same responsiblities apply to the speaker as to the armed citizen. 

     -- E Archer, NYC     
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