Yes, you read that correctly. There is no such thing as free speech. There was never supposed to be such as thing as free speech.
“But Kim,” your shocked voices are screaming, “there IS free speech. It’s covered by the First Amendment!”
Um…No, it’s not.
Freedom of speech is covered. Freedom to say what you want and not be persecuted by your government is covered. But as the Great Haired One and many others have recently found out…
Speech is not free. You are free to speak about almost anything you choose in this country.
- Democrats and Republicans can insult each other as much as they want.
- The KKK can leave fliers anywhere they want, even in a black neighborhood (though I think they’ve missed their target demographic).
- People can stand on sidewalks wearing sandwich signs stating “Repent: The end is nigh”
- I can write this blog post.
But for every phrase you speak and every line you utter, there is a cost. For you see, although you are free to say what you want without fear of government persecution, Freedom of Speech does not protect you from the court of Public Opinion. And sometimes that court doesn’t side in your favor.
So, the next time someone says, “It’s free speech!” remind them it’s FREEDOM of Speech that’s free. Free speech costs extra.