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Center at Middle Tennessee State University and former editor in chief of U S. A. Today can thanks so much for taking some time to chat with us again this evening, and last time you were on when we talked about the First Amendment, and you explained it. Some people hit me up, and they didn't realise all that was included in the First Amendment. So let's start there with an overview of the First Amendment. Absolutely. In fact, surveys show that only 2% of Americans can tell you right now you call him on the phone and ask him what his first Amendment contained on Ly 2% actually, no. Ah, full third of Americans. I don't know. But it doesn't don't know any of the freedoms can't name a single freedom and we live in a nation which, oddly enough, almost every American Can, uh, can recite the pledge of allegiance and for that matter, lead characters on game of Thrones, But we don't know the five freedoms of the First Amendment. We have to remember that way back in 17 91. Americans were inventing your own government, essentially on the run, and with 17 89 around our constitution. But the first generation consider Hey, we're not going to give the government all this power presidents, the judiciary legislative branch called Congress unless you give us some Garrity So if you promise These promises, if you if you won't search our property if you won't put soldiers in our home during Ah, during peacetime, if you if you allow us to bear arms and above all else, these are most important wouldn't wanna worship the god of our choice. Say whatever we want, right? Whatever we want, petition the government for change and assemble together in the town square. Ah, without being shot. No more boss, the Masters. That combination of five reasons. The First Amendment, freedom of speech, press, religion, petition and assembly together, give us free expression in this country. And actually, those of the most potent guarantees freedom of expression anywhere in the history of the world, even today, and that leads right into my next question about why this amendment was so revolutionary such a game changer. The world had never seen something like this before. Correct. Absolutely, you know, we have to remember the most of our country's roots come from countries in which there was either royalty or or some other restrictive form of government. Onda notion that people are born free was actually something that didn't really emerge until several centuries ago. And so the notion that a government would say you know what we have the power and We're going to share. In fact, you are the power. But the power of the people would drive the future of America. And then they built in this fascinating commitment, which was going to make this a more perfect union. We're going to get better. We're never evolve. And that's been a secret of America because even though the first generation of leaders did not free the slaves We use the power of those five freedoms protest ng to eventually abolish slavery. Even though they didn't have the wisdom to give women a full participation society suffrage. The suffrage movement use the First Amendment to ensure that woman had had a vote and a voice. That's been a miracle of America. Those five freedoms allow us to fix thing. Make things better take a stand for change and make a positive difference. So what are some of the most common misconceptions about freedom of speech? I would think the single most Ah Misunderstood thing about freedom of speech. Is that the first time I'm not only protects us against our government? The government can't limit what you say. But your employer can the people you associate with can criticize you. There's nothing about the first Amendment that allows you to say things without any social consequences. And and people, you know, Sort of will say outrageous things or say hateful things. Or, ah, racially insensitive things and say three speech. Sure you have the right. The government can't stop you from saying something. That's troubling to people around you. That doesn't mean those folks can't take action can ostracised you can't turn your back on your free speech is just a license. But just because, he said, it doesn't mean it's a good thing. I'm joined by Ken Paulson, founder of one for all director of the Free Speech Centre of Middle Tennessee State University and former editor in chief of U. S. A. Today Just following up on that point, talk a little bit about the power of the businesses have to take action against an employee based on something they say. We've certainly seen that recently, People speaking out and offering up their opinion, but then losing their job because of it. Absolutely. We don't have first member writes in a in a workplace. And if you don't believe that I suggest you try to march on your boss tomorrow morning. What happened? Of the truth is that the only things that protect us from getting fired any day for any reason are protected categories. So you're if they fire you because of your age or your disability or because you're a woman or because you're a member of a minority? All of those things. If that's the reason I fired you, you Khun appeal and filed suit in court, but otherwise Most Americans. If you're 30 year old nonminority male, and they don't like the look of your tie, they can fire you. There's no protection for that. Of course, there are union rules. Some people have contracts. But most Americans are vulnerable to being fired any day Just because Because that's it..