Freedom of Speech

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.”  So reads the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights which was added to the Constitution because it did not address civil liberties to the satisfaction of those establishing a new government.

In your twenties, it’s easy to defend the amendment to the hilt.  Freedom of speech for everyone.  Parents will monitor their children and adults can say or do what they want.  Those were my feelings in the days when sleaze was hidden behind store counters away from small children and strip clubs were pretty much a thing for big cities.  Small towns didn’t have such things.  There were no billboards along the interstate guiding you to the closest adult shop.  Fortunately, we all grow up, at least in some ways.

Motherhood changed a lot of my ideas since I wanted to protect my children without smothering them with safety.  Ideally, my children would be allowed to grow up without chaining their own, free spirit.  Like a definition of pornography, it’s hard to explain, but I knew what I meant.  I wanted them to develop their own personalities as defined by themselves not by their parents.  Even when it hurt me, I was as honest with them as possible with the exception of Santa Claus.  There should always be a little fantasy in our lives and, besides, I still believe.

It has to be terrible for parents to walk that fine line in these days and times.  Computers offer more types of porn than even existed when I was a child, and there is usually more than one computer in today’s home.  Even if you get a handle on that, you still wouldn’t want to turn on the television since we all are assailed with nearly naked women and men, discussions of a sexual nature, sexual tension between everyone pictured be they young, and I do mean young, old, or in between.  Have a problem with sex?  You will be offered multiple methods resolving that problem for sure.  And so far, I’m just talking about the advertisements not even the shows.

Being a single adult with grown children, I can choose what I want to influence my life.  My children are of an age where they too can choose, but my grandchldren aren’t.  It’s a tawdry world they will grow up in.  I wonder if my grandparents said the same thing about me when I was small.




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