posted on Jun, 21 2008 @ 05:17 AM
I want to take this time to point out something about freedoms and rights.
First of all, both words can be used interchangeably, so from here on out, I'll refer to them as rights, to save space.
The right to free speech has always meant that We, as a People, reserve the right to speak as we see fit when we see fit to do so. This,
however, does not mean that we can go into a crowded theater and scream fire. There is a certain level of self-responsibility that comes with these
rights that were fought so hard for. If we want them, we'll definitely need to keep fighting for them.
In this particular case, this person has the right to stand wherever he likes to say anything he likes, provided he's on public property. I do
believe though that the land that the Liberty Bell sits on is owned by the government, so he can be removed for trespassing at the very least.
Again though, we can liken this right to the right to keep and bear arms. I have a right to take my gun out and fire it all I want. However, if I
inadvertently shoot and kill someone because I didn't see them in the line of my shooting, I'm still going to be charged for taking someone else's
life. That's at the very least manslaughter, and at the most murder.
I guess my point here is simply this: With every right we are given, there is expected to be some responsibility and respect for those rights held by
each and every individual that wields them. There are consequences for everything that we do and say.
We ALL have a RIGHT to Freedom of Speech, but we must know when, how, and where to use it properly.
That is all.
[Edited for addition of "and say".]
[edit on 21-6-2008 by TheBorg]