What happened to freedom of speech?

Back in March 2016 when Trump cancelled his rally in Chicago during the election CNN’s Marc Randazza reported, “Even after it was canceled, there were reports of several outbreaks of violence in the streets after the speech and protesters celebrating by chanting, ‘We stopped Trump!’ And now, while everyone is trying to play the blame game, Trump ironically asks, ‘What happened to freedom of speech?’”

My generation of millennials along with others, have taken their First Amendment right of freedom of speech to a new level, however there are certainly some who believe only their voices should be heard and do not extend this right to all. Madonna took this basic freedom so far as to say she had thought, “an awful lot about blowing up the White House,” as Fox News stated in an article after the women’s rally earlier this year.

CNN also reported on the US Berkeley protests of Milo Yiannopoulos who attempted to speak on campus last Wednesday, which erupted in violence because the protesTrump_protest_Chicago_March_11,_2016.jpgters did not want anyone to hear his speech. CNN’s Madison Park described the event has having caused, “$100,000 worth of damage to the campus,” which ended in, “Administrators decided to cancel the Wednesday event about two hours before the Breitbart editor’s speech.”

Our country talks a lot about our right to the First Amendment and our right to free speech however people are using violent means to make sure that doesn’t happen. If you don’t like what’s being said don’t go, but don’t disrupt another person’s right to talk just because you disagree with their ideas and values. As Randazza stated in his article, “If you are ready to point at Trump and blame him for cultivating violence, you should also condemn those who actually perpetrated violence at Cal State or in Anaheim. If you did not, then you’re not against political violence, you’re just choosing sides and applying different rules to those you agree with.”

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