posted on Oct, 9 2009 @ 06:38 PM
First Amendment doesn't apply to my country...so perhaps I have no right to chip in on this proposal.
However I do see somewhat how specific Public Areas may come about.
Within many cities and towns within my country there are areas that perhaps aren't so much official areas that people can stand, dance, jump up and
down and have there say about anything...they are merely unofficial publically accepted areas...such as town squares, large public parks within the
city and the like.
To me there is a bit of a balance here...some middle ground that perhaps also needs to be recognised.
By all means people should have their say and speak their mind...heck I spent over a decade in the active protest movement within my own country being
a right royal p.i.t.a, marching, ranting, speaking, yelling and screaming in support of the cause I was part of and the ideology I believe/d in...
...however...I do feel that the public also has some form of *right* (again be it official or unofficial) NOT to be subjected to someone or some group
exercising their right of Free Speech everywhere and anywhere.
To be honest I'm all for protest groups that wish to make a change, that wish to highlight issues within the community, country or wider world...but
I'm not overly keen to be walking down the street and have almost every street corner an impromptu 'soap-box' event with some guy - no matter how
much I may support their cause - yelling and screaming about it.
Sorry - but really...when its like every few metres theres someone preaching about Jesus or going on about global warming or speaking about Animal
Rights or lecturing about Human Rights or expressing their dismay about the city council or complaining about the social system etc etc etc...ya know
what...shut the hell up already.
How about the publics *right* to be able to walk down the street and no have every man and his dog yelling and screaming...
...like I say...I see a need for some balance here.
Yes there are Rights.
But I also feel there are Responsibilities that are part and parcel of those Rights...
...such as the responsibility not to be a p.i.t.a...