Tuesday, February 5, 2013
I exercise my free speech rights nearly continually, and the government is my biggest target. Fortunately for me, “criticism of the government and advocacy of unpopular ideas . . . are almost always permitted” under the First Amendment. So whether it’s my books, articles, blogs, or podcasts, my keyboard is rarely at rest, and my big mouth is rarely shut. (In fact, my contrarian jabbering as a child led my mother to accurately predict my careers as both lawyer and writer.) But I sometimes forget how lucky I am – lucky not only compared to citizens of other countries who can be imprisoned or even killed for speaking out against their governments, but also compared to others here in the United States.