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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Criticism Does Not Implicate 'Freedom of Speech'

Look, I know some of you out there are guilty of this but I hereby call for a fine for anyone invoking "Freedom of Speech" or the First Amendment in response to someone criticizing them for saying something stupid.

I happen to be a lawyer and I can definitively tell you that the only thing the "Freedom of Speech" ensconced in the First Amendment of the US Constitution protects you from is being penalized by the government. As a result, whining about freedom of speech when someone criticizes you for saying something stupid is meaningless.