Thoughts from the Alt-Middle Part 3: Free Speech

I don’t consider myself to be a Republican or a Democrat. I tend to take all of my social and political issues on a case-by-case basis. I don’t think I’m better than anyone for that. I’m just reasonable. And with all this talk about the alt-right and alt-left destroying mainstream politics, there’s another group out there who has begun to feel left out. We are the alt-middle.

We can’t have nice things in this country because of all the idiots who ruined it for the rest of us. There’s really no such thing as a free country because a truly free country would not have laws. Now, I’m not about to say that the military doesn’t defend our freedom or anything like that because they do. But some people like to think that because they’re “free,” then they’re not subject to the consequences of being a chode. They tend to point to the 1st Amendment as their reasoning. However, this is what they don’t understand:

The First Amendment Protects You from the Government…Within Reason

Thanks to the First Amendment, you can say whatever you want any time, any day of the week. I can write whatever I want on this website and the government can’t do a thing about it.

Yes we can

Unless I start making clear and verifiable threats. And even then, thats up for debate. Maybe if I say I’m going to kill the president, it can be taken as hyperbole. A really good lawyer could even argue that I wasn’t even talking about the President of the United States, but rather I was referring to one of thousands of different political and corporate presidents. You just don’t know.

The First Amendment Doesn’t Protect You from Everyone Else

If you want to be a buttcrack and spew your hate speech about how you don’t like black people and the Mexicans are taking your jobs and impregnating your white women (that you’d never sleep with anyway), you’re welcome to do that. Just be prepared to get the hell beaten out of you.

Even if you want to go on social media, these platforms are privately owned and moderated, so they have every right to censor you if you say something that goes against their core beliefs (i.e, basic human decency). Your employer can also fire you for something you said, and it’s not discrimination at all.

Aw, the boss didn’t agree with you that gay people were the devil? Shocker!

The freedom of speech comes down to this: You can say whatever you want and the government can’t do much about it. However, that’s not your biggest worry – it’s everyone else around you who disagrees with it. And if you truly believe in something that goes against mainline thought, you can certainly say it, but be prepared to lose your job or get assaulted.

While that seems a little heavy handed, we live in a world where it’s not difficult to suck it up and deal with things you don’t like or agree with. It’s not like we’re having to fight for our own survival. Maybe philosophies don’t line up. That’s okay. Just keep it to yourself if you know you’re going to cause problems.

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