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Should freedom of speech with regards to criticism of war be limited in the United States?

  • Sedition Acts of 1918 say so, and so does Abraham Lincoln

    Silencing distasteful speech that aids and abets the enemy is both legal and needed. Under the Sedition Acts of 1918 silencing critics of the US intervention in WW1 was found legal under Abrams v. United States, and although Brandenburg v. Ohio could be construed against the Abrams case, the Brandenburg case only applied to speech inciting violence, not wartime speech. In the case that the the Supreme Court does not find Abram applicable anymore the President simply has to invoke the "Suspension Clause" of the constitution which removes the Writ of Habeas Corpus and allows imprisonment of anyone for the duration the suspension occurs. Lincoln invoked the Suspension Clause during the Civil War to silence Confederate separatists in Maryland and Missouri thus allowing the Union forces freedom from such distasteful speech. So yes I believe for the stability and the well being of the public at large freedom of speech should be curtailed in times of war.

  • No the criticism of was should not be limited in the United States (US).

    Freedom of Speech is one of the fundamentally rights guarantee by the US Constitution. This guarantee means that government cannot censor or limit a person's speech simply because the topic of the speech in unpopular or critical of the government. So no one's comments critical of the war or the government's conduct should be limited.

  • Our Blood Shed, Our Right to Have

    Free speech is our right. It is not the government’s right to take that away from us. Maybe they did give that right to us but they gave it to us and they are not allowed to rip that away from us. We should be allowed to us our voices and speak up against what we think is wrong or what should be changed. War is a time were people speak up and riot. The Government cannot silence us, if they want to stop us they know what they would have to do. This is our country and we will speak how we want to. They can put us in jail but that does not stop people with motivation. A voice cannot be killed. Limiting the right of freedom of speech is violating the Constitution. The Government would breaking its own laws. They expect us to follow the laws they made but they do not follow their own! It is preposterous that they would do that. They should throw themselves in jail for breaking the laws that our Founding Fathers put into place. If the Government limits our freedom of speech, they might as well create all new laws. Just throw away everything down the drain that we have shed blood, sweat, and tears for our rights! The First Amendment gives the Government no power over what the people say. As long as the people are using non-violent ways, the Government has no right.

  • Ur mum m8

    I believe that my mom should have the right to freedom of speech juts because shes black it doesn't mean she does not have rights P.S. My name is Black Jesus and i live in Afganistan i am 69 years old and i like cheese lol im sorry that my english is very bad but im just a kid from Africa.

  • The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of speech.

    First Amendment means that government has no power to restrict expression because of its message, its ideas, its subject matter, or its content. [Citations.] To permit the continued building of our politics and culture, and to assure self-fulfillment for each individual, our people are guaranteed the right to express any thought, free from government censorship. The essence of this forbidden censorship is content control. Any restriction on expressive activity because of its content would completely undercut the 'profound national commitment to the principle that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide-open.

  • No, it should not be

    I think as long as its non violent the methods are fine. The issues that come from violent protests far
    outweigh the ability to have free speech. I think the people have a right to state, what they think their government is doing wrong. The Vietnam War is a perfect example of this.

  • No, freedom is freedom

    If you start putting limits of freedom, then freedom does not exist. Above all, being an American means being able to voice your disagreement with the government. A person stating they don't believe in a war is not hurting anyone else and that right should not be infringed under any circumstance.

  • No, it should not be

    I think as long as its non violent the methods are fine. The issues that come from violent protests far outweigh the ability to have free speech. I think the people have a right to state, what they think their government is doing wrong. The Vietnam War is a perfect example of this.


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