The First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech.” The courts have also applied this clause to the states and to other government entities.
The ability to speak freely without fear of punishment or retaliation by government is an essential right that helps keep us free from government oppression. The governments of many other countries prohibit citizens from saying anything contrary to government policies and positions, which stifles civil public debate and allows leaders to rule without being held accountable to the people.
In the United States, we have the freedom to share our thoughts and opinions and to disagree with our government and others. With some exceptions, we can say anything we want, even if our ideas and opinions are unpopular or incorrect.
Contact us today if you believe a government law, regulation, policy, or action is violating your constitutional right to free speech.