I do not support freedom of speech.
At least not the way it is interpreted by many people today.
Today, many people interpret it as the freedom to express whatever they want, whenever they want, however they want, to whomever they want, regardless of how intentionally destructive, inflammatory, confrontational, ignorant, or intolerant of others it is.
Until it touches a particular hot button, that is. Then that same freedom of speech becomes intolerable. When enough people share the same “hot button,” freedom of speech around that issue ceases to exist. You get fired. You get fined. You’re forced to apologize to the media, and to anyone else who may have been offended.
That’s not freedom of speech.
Freedom of Speech has two components. The first recognizes our freedom to speak about government, politics, religion, or society without repercussion from those in power. The second recognizes our obligation to speak with respect and consideration for others who think differently.
I really don’t think we have either of these two components in place right now.
Having them does not, and should not, mean passion or emotion are removed – both are powerful tools for persuasion. Yet there should be (and are) limits on what we say and how we say it. Sometimes these limits need to be set by an overseer such as the FCC, sometimes by us ourselves, using our own sense of diplomacy and tact. These restraints allow us to speak respectfully and constructively while still speaking freely.
Yes, we can still speak freely under guidelines that limit our freedom. Those very guidelines are what allow us to say whatever we want, whenever we want, and be heard.
Which is kind of the point.