1st Amendment u.s. constitution

“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.”         

 Hostile wit = private website

You don’t have a right to free speech on my website because sadly I am not a government. If I were a government, one that adopted the 1st Amendment, all my people would have the right to speak on my governmental website. That said, my people still wouldn’t have the right to respect or to an audience. Their free speech wouldn’t be shielded from dissent or ridicule, because where’s the fun in that? There is no law against being an asshole.

In non-public spaces, like my website, if you speak and others drown you out or I delete or edit your comment, your rights aren’t being trampled. I can be as much of a free range asshole on my own site as I please.

I’m not a big fan of censorship. Censoring explicit song lyrics for my kids ended when they were toddlers because that was one of the only outlets I had left. Also, I heart cursing and have a special affinity for the word “fucker”. Comments with expertly crafted cursing is encouraged so long as it isn’t directed at an individual or hateful or intolerant. Humor is a unifying force.

I am a licensed attorney in two states, but I don’t dispense legal advice on HostileWit, social media or comment threads. I strive to be as accurate as possible when I say anything but don’t take my general word without totally checking it out. Practicing law is an art, not a science. Also, a Juris Doctorate was one degree I could get without taking any math. Having a law degree informs my outlook and opinions, but that’s different from dispensing advice. If you need legal counsel, get a recommendation from a trusted source. Don’t go looking for love in all the wrong places.