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POLITICAL CENSORSHIP: A helpful guide to whether or not it’s happening to you

Hello, friend! If you are often stricken with uncertainty regarding whether your constitutional First Amendment right to free speech is being infringed upon, you’re not alone! Many people appear to be confused by the question, and to be sure, it is a complicated one! Here is the actual text of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

This text might seem simple, but don’t be misled! There is often no real way to be sure whether you personally are being subjected to the evil that is political censorship. However, here are some questions to ask yourself that might serve to point you in the right direction.

If you want to say something controversial and/or offensive, is it possible that you will be:

  1. Arrested?
  2. Imprisoned?
  3. Tortured by governmental authorities, either state-level or federal?
  4. Killed by same?

If you want to write something controversial and/or offensive, is it possible that your writing will be:

  1. Confiscated and/or destroyed by state authorities?
  2. Edited by same without your permission?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, congratulations! Your right to free speech under the constitution is being infringed upon. You should make a Thing out of it, because it’s a very bad thing. However, there are numerous other ways in which your First Amendment rights might be infringed upon! So be sure to actually read the fucking constitution so you have some idea of what you’re talking about before you open your enormous gaping stupid-hole of a mouth.

Or just look at Wikipedia for God’s sake. You utter jackass.