If you are easily offended by the things I say, imagine the things I hold back.
Is freedom of speech real?
Joseph Boyle · · ·
Joe’s life is divided into 3+1 chapters. Chapter I: 25+ years in business including Estate Planning with New York Life, Revenue Officer with the U.S. Treasury Department, Sales Representative and gas main Extension King with Washington Natural Gas Company, Real Estate Broker, investor, developer, and property manager. Chapter II: 25 years in public service as a Pierce County Deputy Sheriff between the ages of 45 and 70. Chapter III: Began with an April Fool’s Day 2013 retirement and involves The Arts including Writing, Comedy, and the Blues. Currently Joe is a creator on Westside Story, The Benny's & Joey’s Quiz with Publisher Ben Sclair and Double Take with author / columnist Susanne Bacon. Joe has performed as an actor locally and done stand-up comedy in Seattle, Tacoma, New Jersey, and Las Vegas. Chapter +1 (or 4) finds Joe and his family leaving Washington state after 77 year of residency to the Westside of the Atlantic Ocean in a state named Delaware. Because Joe has left many friends in western Washington, he remains interested in the territory of his former Westside Story beat.
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Susanne Bacon says
Good thought, Joe, and echoes mine. “You can voice your opinion, but you will have to bear with the consequences” is what you often get to hear these days. Unfortunately it is most often also an excuse for the vileness of language, the insults, and name calling that a lot of people use. The anonymity of social media enables such rudeness. Indeed, freedom of speech is real. I wish that good behavior were also …
Like most rights, it has responsible attached
P Rose says
Yes, freedom of speech in the USA is real. One simply needs to avoid violating cultural convention to prevent hurt feelings. That in itself is a whole other dimension.
Joe, I saw a poster at a rally a couple of days ago, this pretty much sums up today’s Free Speech question.
Freedom of Speech that
Hurts Other Peoples Feelings
Sandy Mazzei says
Freedom of speech is real, Joe. The problem is that some people want to restrict it.