Approaching idealogical freedom idiotically

Approaching idealogical freedom idiotically

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Almost every American knows the U.S. constitution’s first amendment: freedom of speech.
It is a freedom people have fought for over the centuries, and smaller countries are constantly at war with itself because of it.
This freedom is what makes our country great.
Sometimes, however, government officials don’t see it that way.
Arizona House Bill 2549 is currently Arizona’s latest big deal. Yeah, their latest after SB 1070, which allowed police to stop and detain people who are “suspected to be illegal aliens” from outer space.
Oh, and their latest after taking away birth control from health care plans. Thanks guys, because population isn’t already a problem.
HB 2549 will allow the state to arrest anyone who publishes what they consider offensive, lewd, annoying or terrifying language on the internet.
So far, however, the bill is still in question, but it has passed the House. It’s just waiting for the governor’s great big O.K. stamp.
Once passed, whatever the state deems provocative, offenders can expect a $250,000 fine and up to six months in jail. It’s a Class 1 misdemeanor, and quite a bit harsh.
Sorry Arizona trolls, looks like things might get a little grim for you.
The idea, however, is to put a stop to cyber bullying, a pressing issue that  has only grown throughout the years.
For an example, read Kiki Ostrenga’s cyber bully story in Rolling Stone at http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/kiki-kannibal-the-girl-who-played-with-fire-20110415
So, let’s just say this bill does pass. Not only does it directly attack and break the United States constitution, it goes directly against Arizona’s own constitution.
Article two, section six says: Every person may speak, write and publish on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right.
Maybe this is the state’s way of saying the people are now responsible for abusing that right, but we can’t let such a powerful and vague bill pass.
Once we do, the bill could easily spread throughout the nation.
Yes, something needs to be done about cyber bullying, but we don’t need to be covering everyone’s mouths and ears to keep everything in check.
Arizona needs to think of something less broad and possibly take suggestions from the people without forcing them to think that taking away their freedom of speech is the right thing to do.
You have the right idea Arizona, but once again you’re approaching it in the most idiotic way possible.

Jonathan Adams
Former Editor-in-Chief

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