**Disclaimer: By writing this post, I am in no way claiming to be a constitutional expert. I am commenting as a now retired attorney, who did ace Con Law, and did have many opportunities to see all this stuff play out in the legal arena for almost 20 years. Give it whatever credibility you choose. It’s my blog, and I’m speaking freely 🙂
I have intentionally not posted too many articles to the political section on my blog because we seem to live in a time where such issues are truly filled with volatility. By that, I mean people tend to get a bit EXPLOSIVE (imagine that word in flaming font that WP sadly doesn’t support) about their political opinions and there is plenty of hate-speech circulating about the Net without me stirring the pot on Word Press.
Word Press is more of a happy place for us writers, as it should be.
And while there are many web forums where people do speak freely, and at times in threatening manners, from what I’ve read, not many people understand what this means from a legal perspective at all. Not even close.
So, today I thought I would speak about speaking. 😊 It seems like a particularly appropriate topic given CEO Jack Dorsey’s announcement that Twitter would ban political ads on its social media platform.
And before people start screaming that Twitter’s decision is somehow violating someone’s rights, let me just say from the beginning, it’s not. Plain and simple. Not even close.
And, I hate to tell you, there are no Constitutional rights to smoke cigarettes or eat cheeseburgers either. That statement may actually irritate some people a lot more than Twitter’s decision to ban campaign ads. But it’s also true.