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Freedom of Speech

Category: 2011 Middle School (Grades 6-8)
Student: McCall Johnson
School: St. Anne's School of Annapolis Annapolis, MD (Anne Arundel County)
Teacher: Yasmin Mesiya

Being able to think and being able to speak your thoughts are two completely different things. No one can silence your mind, but they can silence your voice. A country absent of opinions and the freedom of speech is a country that lacks healthy and well-deserved change. Authoritarian governments often have laws that don't allow citizens to have these rights. These rights in America allow our citizens to have the right to think whatever they wish, form opinions based on these thoughts, and say them aloud without being punished. Freedom in America doesn't mean the people have a right to do whatever they want and make their own rules, but rather, America's freedom is about freedom of speech and freedom of thought. This is the best kind of freedom to have because it allows citizens to have opinions that can change their nation for the better, but still keep the nation in order.

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