Right to Expression Paper

Feb 3rd, 2012
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In a 2-3 page paper, using APA formatting, discuss the line between an individual’s right to expression and the role of the government to protect its citizens from harm? What are some examples of this conflict in our past? Have we come any closer to reconciling these issues in our society?

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Right to ExpressionNameClassDateProfessorRight to ExpressionAmericans live in a society where they are afforded many freedoms and many rights. One of these freedoms is guaranteed in the First Amendment. Citizens are guaranteed the right to free expression and free association in this amendment along with other important rights. What this means is that citizens cannot be forbidden by the government to express their opinions or to establish clubs or organizations that may oppose the opinion of the government. When citizens oppose things in American society they have the freedom to express this opposition by holding peaceful demonstrations or rallies. While citizens have the right to express their ire or opposition they do not have the right to use violence. Americans do have the right to speak out and oppose the government but this must be done peacefully when the opposition by the public is violent it is not a free expression but an act of terrorism. According to the ACLU (2005) the Supreme Court has written that this freedom is "the matrix, the indispensable condition of nearly every other form of freedom." If the right to expression is taken away from the citizen many other important rights would be lost. The right to free expression was established by our forefathers to prevent the government from becoming oppressive. The centralized (federal) government was established to protect citizens from outside threats. The role of the state at this time

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