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The Restriction of Free Speech in McCullen v. Coakley - A controversial modern U.S. Supreme Court decision is the McCullen v. Coakley case. An initial ruling for this case in Massachusetts, “…has made it a crime for speakers to ‘enter or remain on a public way or sidewalk’ within 35 feet of an entrance, exit, or driveway of ‘a reproductive health care facility.’ The law applies only at abortion clinics…In effect, the law restricts the speech of only those who wish to use public areas near abortion clinics to speak about abortion from a different point of view” (American Bar Association)....   [tags: abortion, constitution, healthcare] 782 words
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Free Speech on the Internet - Free Speech on the Internet Freedom of speech has been a big issue on the Internet lately. But I'd like to suggest that, properly viewed, "policy markets" are a much bigger free speech issue than the recent ban on "indecent" internet posts. First, let's start with the puzzle "why free speech?". What is the fundamental difference between a legislature forbidding some people from making "indecent" speech at the request of others who fear being offended by such speech, and a legislature taxing some people to pay for other people's education or recreation....   [tags: Web Laws Politics Rights Essays] 1087 words
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Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed- A Violation of Free Speech - ... People said that could not be true and people would not be fired for just mentioning that topic once or twice, but it has seemed to be happening throughout the entire film. Others say there has to be more going on that was mentioned or we knew about. As I review the movie future I think it becomes clearer that these people are trying to push the bible and all the good in away from the public and the schools. They say things like there is no proof, or there is no such thing, and my favorite who has ever really proved this information before anyway....   [tags: film, intelligent design, god] 752 words
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The Origins of Free Speech - The origins of free speech can be traced back to sixteenth century England and the reign of Henry VII.  Due to the ascension of the printing press and the proliferation of ideology contrary to the crown, Henry established laws against seditious libel, the criticism of English government or government officials.  To enforce these laws, Henry created three administrative branches -- privy counsel, stationers company and star chamber.  The privy counsel was in charge of licensing.  In order to publish, one first had to be cleared by the privy counsel.  The stationers company kept a census of all English publication.  This surveillance group recorded such information as the target audience and p...   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers] 631 words
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free speech or just offensive - Free Speech or Just Offensive. A highly debated topic as of late has been the staggering rise of offensive language and topics of the music industry, which have infiltrated through. Should the artists of this music be punished for corrupting the minds of the people who listen to it. Or should the musician's rights be protected by the first amendment. The main problem to be seen is that this music has become extremely popular to the youth. With this popularity comes blow after blow from the media, parents, and organizations putting down the music because they believe it's corrupting the children....   [tags: essays research papers] 1055 words
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Rhetorical Analysis of the I Have a Dream Speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - From Doctor King’s speech, I quote: “ This is the faith that I go back to the South With. And with this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful brother hood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to play together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.” “And when this day happens, all men will be able to join hands and sing in the worlds of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last, free at last....   [tags: Rhetoric of I Have a Dream Speech] 1025 words
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Religious Freedom - Religious Freedom America has been named the "melting pot" of the world. It houses many different cultures, nationalities, ideas and religions. There are Christians, Jews, Catholics, Buddhists, Mormons, Hindus, Spiritualists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Islamic, plus many more. America is unique in that all these religions are represented in a nation that is only 200 years old. And America has upheld, throughout history, that the freedom and equality of religion is extremely important in order for this nation to function as a free nation....   [tags: Papers] 1272 words
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Analysis of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s I Have A Dream Speech - On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered one of the most famous speeches of all time to an audience of more than 200,000 civil rights supporters on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. In his, “I have a dream” speech, King addressed his encouragement of white and black people working together to achieve racial peace and harmony. He especially wanted to teach the young blacks that equality could be gained through the use of non-violence. The main reason King used nonviolence was to create a situation so different from the usual, that it will open the door to negotiations of desegregation and equal opportunity....   [tags: Rhetoric of I Have a Dream Speech] 627 words
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Four Freedoms - Ramsis #53 Mon. 4:00-6:40 History 110 Nobiletti 12/12/13 Four freedoms 11 months before the United States of America would declare war on Japan, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered a speech to the American people known as the “four freedoms” on January 6, 1941.1 The main purpose of this speech was to rally support to enter World War 2, however in order to declare war the United States Of America had to abandon the isolationist policies that emerged out of WWI. These four freedoms would establish human rights after the war, but more importantly they would resonate through the United States for decades after the war....   [tags: freedom of spech, freedom of religion, want, fear]
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Lost Freedom - For many ages freedom has been one of the main priorities in human life. People are determined to have freedom of spirit, religion, opinion, speech; they aspire to be free to decide where and with whom to live, where to work, what to wear, and how to live their lives in general. However, a lot of people are deprived of freedom one way or another, either they are physically imprisoned or influenced by circumstances and life situations. Physical imprisonment is one of the most devastating experiences for a human being, and affects a person in many ways, physically and mentally....   [tags: essays research papers] 457 words
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freedom expressed - Freedom of Expression The statement that most of us are not really very tolerant of people who express unpopular ideas, or act in nonconforming ways is nothing less than the out right truth. The accuracy of this statement just helps you to realize that you do not want to hear something that is going against the grain of society. There should be judges who strictly deal with these kinds of very sensitive cases. We need to try to find others ways when we think that we are not being heard if we are expressing unpopular ideas, or act in nonconforming ways....   [tags: essays research papers] 623 words
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Rhetorical Analysis of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s I Have A Dream Speech - Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech to the thousands of African Americans who had marched on Washington, D.C. at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. The date of the speech was August 28, 1963, but it is one that will live for generations. Of course his purpose was to convince his audience on several fronts: he sought to persuade the black community to stand up for the rights afforded them under the Constitution, and he also sought to demonstrate to the white community that a "simple" black man could so effectively use powers of persuasion that they too would have reason to join the cause....   [tags: Rhetoric of I Have a Dream Speech] 909 words
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Patrick Henry's Famous Speech - Patrick Henry's Famous Speech 'Give me liberty or give me death.' These famous words were uttered by Patrick Henry on March 23, 1775, as a conclusion to his speech delivered to the Virginia House of Burgesses. Within his speech, he uses the three rhetorical appeals (ethos, logos, and pathos) to convey a feeling of urgency toward the changes occurring in policy within the Americas implemented by the British government. He cleverly uses these appeals to disrupt the paradigm that Great Britain is going to let the American people have any liberty....   [tags: History Patrick Henry Essays] 882 words
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Graduation Speech: We Are the Leaders of Tomorrow - Anne Frank confided to her diary that, "Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands." And as we, the class of 2006, stand at the end of one path in our lives, and stare out at the field of possibilities before us, we are faced with awesome decisions. We have a wealth of knowledge behind us -- our parents and our families. We are at a point where we must decide where to go and what to do. One misstep now, even the slightest one, can cause a lifetime of regret....   [tags: Graduation Speech, Commencement Address] 790 words
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Free Speech - The Constitution of the United States states in its First Amendment that "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" (Funk & Wagnalls 162). This Amendment guarantees each person of free speech. Does this mean that a person can stand in the middle of the street and yell anything he wants....   [tags: essays research papers] 805 words
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let freedom ring - Let Freedom Ring Freedom and responsibility, freedom-ability to act freely; A state in which somebody is able to do as he or she chooses, without being subject to any restraints or restrictions, authority to make decisions independently. Responsibility- (accountability) the state fact or position of being responsible for somebody; (blame) the blame for something that has happened that you were responsible for; something to be responsible for: something for which a person or an organization is responsible....   [tags: essays research papers] 1647 words
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Graduation Speech: I Have No Regrets - I thought that I'd start by taking a picture, being as this is the last time that I'm going to see the majority of you. So could everybody smile. OK, now that that is done with, I would like to start out with a quote. "As people used to be wrong about the motion of the sun, so they are still wrong about the motion of the future. The future stands still, it is we who move in infinite space." (Rainer Maria Rilke, German poet). Webster's dictionary describes commencement as a beginning. Perhaps many of you believed that commencement was an ending....   [tags: Graduation Speech, Commencement Address] 900 words
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Freedom of Expression Must be Upheld in America - Freedom of Expression Must be Upheld in America It's the amendment all United States citizens know: the first. This amendment is so huge that there is even an organization dedicated to protecting the rights guaranteed by it called the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Some people nowadays disagree with the idea that freedom of expression is guaranteed, believing only freedom of speech and religious practices are express rights given by the constitution in the first amendment, and that the term "freedom of expression" is too broad an interpretation....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays] 567 words
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A Comparison of Dr. King's I Have a Dream Speech and Mandela's Glory and Hope Speech - I Have a Dream and Glory and Hope were two speeches given, respectively, by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela at times of great need; at times when ignorance and racially-based hubris intertwined themselves in the sparse gaps of human understanding. At first glance, the facets of humanity and blanket tranquillity seem to be in natural accord. Philosophers have struggled with the reason behind the absolute absence of peace as everybody, by definitions both classical and modern, longs for peace; conflict arrives from the disagreement on how to obtain it....   [tags: comparison compare contrast]
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Freedom vs. Determination - Are we determined or are we free. This is a question that is hotly debated on both sides of the issue. Determinists would say that we, as humans, are determined through our society, religion, and, most of all, by our families. However, supporters of free will would have arguments for each of these same points in their favor. I say that no matter which way one approaches this subject one finds both, free will and determinism, in each of these arguments. Society, for one, can be seen as determining one's public behavior, moral responsibility, and how one is to survive in today's environment....   [tags: comparison] 1504 words
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Graduation Speech: What Lies Ahead - I cried on my 18th Birthday. I cried because to me it signified that my childhood was over -- That I would never be able to relive some of the greatest moments of my life. I remember that day after school I was talking to one of my good friends, Betty Lou, and I mentioned to her how sad it was that we would all soon be leaving County HIgh. Betty smiled and looked at me and said, "But there is so much more in store for us ahead." Last October I was sitting in Mr. Fooler's British Literature class and he had us read this poem by Louis MacNiece: Birds flitting in and out of the barn Bring back an Anglo-Saxon story: The great wooden hall with the long fires down the center, Their feet in the...   [tags: Graduation Speech, Commencement Address] 681 words
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Hate Speech - Hatespeech Hate Speech and the People who use it Hate speech; is this the type of speech that the First Amendment protects. Should this type of speech be defended. If this type of speech is censored on college campuses, have the students lost their right to the First Amendment. What kind of damage does hate speech cause physical and emotional. Who does hate speech affect. Is hate speech protected by the first amendment. According to Charles R. Lawrence III, it is not. “When racist speech takes the form of face-to-face insults, catcalls, or other assaultive speech aimed at an individual or small group of persons, it falls directly within the “fighting words” exception to First Amendment p...   [tags: essays papers]
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We Must Fight for Internet Freedom - We Must Fight for Internet Freedom Have you ever wished you could be a part of a movement that would change the world. To be part of a movement that made a positive difference on the world as a whole. I wanted to be that guy pounding a sledgehammer on the Berlin Wall, or the man blocking the path of the tank coming down the street in Tiananmen Square. These were symbols of brave people trying to make changes to the world in which they live. Here we had ordinary people caught up in a movement for Human Rights and were immortalized because of freedoms and rights we cherish....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 826 words
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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun – Freedom - A Raisin in the Sun – Freedom Have you ever found money coming between you and your family and disrupting love and life. Money can destroy families and change them for the worse. In the Raisin in the Sun, the author Lorraine Hansberry, uses events of her life to relate and explain how the Younger family, of Chicago's South side, struggles and improves throughout the book. One main cause for their family's problems is because of money and how it causes anger to control the family....   [tags: Raisin Sun essays] 957 words
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hate speech - Filtered Freedom Hate speech is often misunderstood because it can be classified as either careless or intentionally hurtful. Many people interpret careless statements as acts of aggression, but with good reason. It would be false to say that the freedom of speech has never been manipulated to inflict damage upon others. Questions have been risen of what hate speech is and if it should be allowed to be viewed by public access. Alan M. Dershowitz delivers an enumerative definition of the term by asserting all speech that criticizes another’s race, religion, gender, ethnicity, appearance, class, physical or mental capabilities, or sexual preference....   [tags: essays research papers] 1942 words
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Don't Confuse Freedom with Individual Rights - How many times have we heard people justifying their needs by saying something like, "This is a free country. I have the right to (anything goes here)". For words that people use quite frequently, they are often misused and misunderstood. From my point of view, it seems that most people use them as an alternative to explaining the real reasons why they want something. So let me tell you what I think the two words mean in practice. Freedom is taking responsibility for you own actions and your own life.  If for example someone says, "I am freeing you of the need to make decisions", they are in fact taking your freedom away....   [tags: argumentative, persuasive essays] 490 words
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free speech - FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION--SPEECH AND PRESS Adoption and the Common Law Background Madison's version of the speech and press clauses, introduced in the House of Representatives on June 8, 1789, provided: 'The people shall not be deprived or abridged of their right to speak, to write, or to publish their sentiments; and the freedom of the press, as one of the great bulwarks of liberty, shall be inviolable.'1 The special committee rewrote the language to some extent, adding other provisions from Madison's draft, to make it read: 'The freedom of speech and of the press, and the right of the people peaceably to assemble and consult for their common good, and to apply to the Government for re...   [tags: essays research papers] 2869 words
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Freedom: To the African American Slave - What is freedom. This question is easy enough to answer today. To many, the concept of freedom we have now is a quality of life free from the constraints of a person or a government. In America today, the thought of living a life in which one was “owned” by another person, seems incomprehensible. Until 1865 however, freedom was a concept that many African Americans only dreamed of. Throughout early American Literature freedom and the desire to be free has been written and spoken about by many....   [tags: African-Americans, slavery, American literature]
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Hate Speech Should Not Be Restricted at Universities - Throughout history, the United States Constitution has been put to the test over the issue of free speech. The First Amendment states, "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." Even though free speech is one of the core American values proudly embedded in each citizen, some poopAmericans find themselves torn between whether or not to limit the freedom of speech on behalf of hate speech....   [tags: Persuasive Essays] 1349 words
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Muslims in America: The Fight For Freedom - The United States of America: once a small colony, now one of the world’s most powerful nations; a nation that has been fraught with wars, protests and continuous conflicts between religion and state. This essay will investigate the relationship between the religion and state, discuss the states declaration’s about this relationship and the practice of these declarations. Americans, after the September 11 attacks, have marginalised the Muslim community, which is largely due to their Christian origins and misinterpretations of Islam....   [tags: Religion]
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The Reconstruction Era and Freedom - In the words of President Abraham Lincoln during his Gettysburg Address (Doc. A), the Civil War itself, gave to our Nation, “a new birth of freedom”. The Civil War had ended and the South was in rack and ruin. Bodies of Confederate soldiers lay lifeless on the grounds they fought so hard to protect. Entire plantations that once graced the South were merely smoldering ash. The end of the Civil War and the abolishment of slavery, stirred together issues and dilemmas that Americans, in the North and South, had to process, in hopes of finding the true meaning of freedom....   [tags: Post-Civil War, Conflict] 803 words
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Protection of the Commercial Use of Free Speech - Protection of the Commercial Use of Free Speech If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea morally offensive or disagreeable." It is because I believe these words by Justice Brennan, I stand for the negation of today's resolution, that "When they Conflict, Respect for....... Cultural Sensitivity Ought To Be Valued Above Commercial Use of Free Speech." My value for today's debate is that of Free expression, which I will define as the freedom to express our thoughts, ideas, and beliefs, freely and openly, without restraint....   [tags: Papers] 514 words
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Costs and benefits of free speech and press - Freedom of speech and press, or freedom of expression, are "fundamental rights". Without these freedoms a truly free society cannot exist. By definition, they allow the citizens to communicate their ideas both verbally and in print. There are many advantages, as well as disadvantages, that an individual receives these rights. However, as with most constitutional freedoms, free of expression can be limited under certain circumstances. The First Amendment in the United States Constitution states ?Congress shall make no law?abridging the freedom of speech, or the press?....   [tags: American Constitution United States] 812 words
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We Must NOT Regulate Hate Speech - This paper will address some of the issues surrounding hate speech and its regulation. I will explain both Andrew Altman and Jonathan Rauch’s positions in the first two sections. The third section will be on what Altman might say to Rauch’s opposite views. I will then discuss my view that hate speech should never be regulated under any circumstance especially in the name of protecting someone’s psychology, feelings, or insecurities like Altman prescribes. In the end, I will conclude that we should not agree with Altman despite his well intentioned moral convictions to push for hate speech regulation....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays] 2135 words
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Racism Speech by Charles R. Lawrence - Racism Speech by Charles R. Lawrence In the following essay, Charles R. Lawrence encompasses a number of reasons that racist speech should not be protected by the First Amendment. In this document, he exhibits his views on the subject and what he feels the society should confront these problems. In this well- written article, he provides strong evidence to prove his point and to allow the reader to see all aspects of the issue. On Racist Speech Charles Lawrence has been active in his use of the First Amendment rights since he was a young boy....   [tags: Papers Analysis Race Essays] 640 words
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Music Censorship is a Violation of Free Speech - Music is one of the most popular ways of expression and has been for generations. It makes us want to dance, inspires, soothes, relaxes, and sometimes tells us a story. Music is something the whole world shares and has brought together different kinds of people. However, there has been a question on whether some music has affected society negatively and crossed the line with some of its lyrics, content, and the persona of the artists. Certain music has been boycotted and even banned in the U.S....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument] 1617 words
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George C. Wallace and His Depiction of Freedom vs The Enlightenment Thinkers - ... He calls out to these people and asks them to join him. “And you native sons and daughters of old New England's rock-ribbed patriotism . . . and you sturdy natives of the great Mid-West . . and you descendants of the far West flaming spirit of pioneer freedom . . we invite you to come and be with us . . for you are of the Southern spirit . . and the Southern philosophy . . . you are Southerners too and brothers with us in our fight.” Wallace is addressing the original people that came to America as the first immigrants....   [tags: Segregation, Governor, Alabama] 1338 words
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Internet Free Speech Issues and Implications - Internet Free Speech Issues and Implications     Abstract:  The issue of free speech has been around since the founding fathers first ratified the constitution of the United States.  With the emergence of new technology, especially the Internet, freedom of speech has been redefined and its limits tested.  What are the limitations of free speech on the Internet, and how can they be enforced?  These are the constitutional questions for the digital age.   Imagine being in your home, a bastion of privacy and comfort, and having someone scream racial slurs at you as you sit placidly in a comfortable chair.  Unlikely, you say?  Just visit the website of the Aryan Nation or the Klu Klux Klan....   [tags: Internet Censorship Essays]
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Censorship - We Must Not Restrict Speech - We Must Not Restrict Speech Racism, sexism and homophobia is growing on college campuses around the country. In response, many universities have adopted policies that address bigotry by placing restrictions on speech. The alternative to such restrictions, many administrators argue, is to allow bigots to run rampant and to subject their targets to a loss of equal educational opportunity. The power of a university to eliminate bias on campus ultimately depends not on its ability to punish a racist speaker, but instead on the depth of its commitment to the principles of equality and education....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays] 612 words
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We Must Regulate Hate Speech - Hate speech, what is it. The definition of hate speech, according to Mari J. Matsuda, author of 'Assaultive Speech and Academic Freedom, is '?(a word of group of words) of which is to wound and degrade by asserting the inherent inferiority of a group. (151). In my own words hate speech is a humiliation and demeaning slur of words specifically used to disgrace a person for their race, religion, or sexual habits. There is now a controversy if hate speech should be regulated on college campuses or not....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays] 773 words
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The Dream is Now: US Immigration and The Dream Act - ... The Dream Act as mentioned in the film in my opinion is a great idea and should defiantly be put through consideration again in the house. The Dream Act targets many of the greatest and most prosperous individuals that have immigrated across the boarder. Just as the film brings into consideration people such as Alejandro who has for his entire life strove to become a marine with dreams of protecting the country he has always called home. Jose has a degree in mechanical engineering, a degree that could help in many fields in improving our infrastructure, but it cant be used....   [tags: freedom, citizenship] 639 words
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George Washington's Speech - We; If you do not remember anything of my speech, remember this one word, we. As a nation we are the youngest amongst all the others. But, we have the most heart amongst all other nations. We have a direction, a vision, a heartbeat. Many nations cannot say that. In 1770 Nathaniel Jay Right said, "It is not the strengths of a hero that defines who he is; it is his enemy". We as a nation have united and broke away from our oppressing fathers of the British. Our triumph as a nation defined who we were, better yet, who we are....   [tags: George Washington] 1258 words
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Graduation Speech: Christ is Still the Only Way - For the last 18 years or so, we have been influenced and directed by parents, teachers, and other authority figures. We have been told when to get up, when to work, when to play, when to eat, sleep, come home, go out, etc., etc., etc. Now we are moving on. As we do, let me remind you of two principles we have been taught, the principle of freedom and the principle of success. As adults, a whole new world of personal freedom awaits us. Freedom is a wonderful gift. It is similar to a coin with two sides....   [tags: Graduation Speech, Commencement Address] 879 words
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Graduation Speech - Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, faculty, staff, graduates of the Class of 2012, families and friends. I tried to think of something profound to say today, but it may be too presumptuous to assume that my short life experience is enough to impart any great wisdom. However, I will at least share with you something that I have learned. As a brief disclaimer: individual results may vary; drowsiness and/or dizziness are the most common side effects. Contact your doctor if symptoms persist....   [tags: Graduation Speech, Commencement Address] 598 words
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Graduation Speech - Class of 2012, tonight is the last time we will share together for many years. After tonight, we will begin a new chapter in our lives. This chapter will lead us away from each other, but the memories we've shared will continue to stay. The years behind us have been full of challenges and rewards; these experiences will be there to guide us as we branch out into the world. Let's take a moment to think back to the people and times that shaped us the last four years. Every teacher deserves a "thank you" for helping us to reach our goal of graduation....   [tags: Graduation Speech, Commencement Address] 550 words
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Graduation Speech - I once read that life is well represented as a pearl deep within an oyster. The pearl symbolizes each person's potential, or the things that are going well for them in life. Just as a mere grain of sand that enters an oyster can grow into something of great worth, there is a fragment of excellency within every one of you that over time can be shape you into an individual who will make a difference in the world. There will be trials and hardships to overcome along the road to making a difference, but consider what Hellen Keller once wrote, "The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were not limitations to overcome....   [tags: Graduation Speech, Commencement Address] 558 words
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Graduation Speech - The time has finally come. Fellow seniors, we are now on our own. It's time to take down our parking permits and clean out our binders one last time. Tonight is our graduation - a time to celebrate an end to a journey. Tonight is our commencement - the beginning of a new course. We've said goodbye to our teachers, signed yearbooks, paid our fines; now we celebrate 13 years of progress and friendship and we look forward to achieving our goals as we embark on a new odyssey. We've seen our last dance....   [tags: Graduation Speech, Commencement Address] 1201 words
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Graduation Speech - Isn't it strange how princes and kings And clowns who caper in sawdust rings And common folk, like you and me Are builders for eternity. For each is given a bag of tools, A shapeless mass, and a set of rules. And each of us, a life is flown, Must either build a stumbling block or stepping stone. Builders for eternity ... what an awe-inspiring thought: That you and I not would be, nor could be, but are builders for eternity. On this day, the seventh of June 2006, at our high school graduation night, the night we say goodbye to the structured life high school offers, the night we say goodbye to friends and teachers that have impacted our lives in so many ways....   [tags: Graduation Speech, Commencement Address] 1243 words
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Optimism in Fahrenheit 451, Invictus, Freedom to Breathe, and The Nobel Acceptance - There’s optimism in all literature known to man if not optimism then it would be pessimism. They are the basis of any literature work. It’s found in many books and poems today. In the novel Fahrenheit451 by Ray Bradbury evaluates the theme of optimism. The author Ray Bradbury writes about a guy named Montag who is in a society where firemen burn houses instead of putting fires out. Montag seeks out the good in the books which are banned in this dystopian society where knowledge is forbidden to rise from society....   [tags: Synthesis Essays] 781 words
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Quest for Religious Freedom - Freedom as defined is, the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. The quest for religious freedom is what drove many people to protest, or go as far as fleeing their native country to be able to practice and preach what they believe. There are many stories in history that show how people have stood up and fought for their religion even before we became the United States of America. The people that came over on the Mayflower, and Roger Williams, are both examples of people who weren't at first given religious freedom but went against what they knew to acquire it....   [tags: pilgrims, america, jewish] 863 words
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The Lynne Gobbell Case - The Lynne Gobbell case demonstrates that many people are not in favor of the purest form of freedom of speech. In this case, Lynne had a ‘Kerry for President’ sticker on her bumper, and although no harm came from this, her boss erupted and demanded she remove the sticker. After denying such a ridiculous request, she was fired immediately. In my opinion, this is outrageous because she was not causing anyone harm, and it affected nothing. People should be able to stand up for what they believe in, and should be able to freely represent what they stand for....   [tags: Politics, Freedom]
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Current Free Speech Doctrine: Will It Work On The Internet? - The Internet offers a much greater potential for interactive communication between information senders and receivers than the more traditional methods of communication such as newspaper, radio and television. Freedom of speech ascertained by the constitution is not an absolute right. Depending on the medium through which information is delivered various degrees of the freedom to express one's self is protected. Internet communication may be analogous to either a specific existing communication medium or even several....   [tags: essays research papers] 2366 words
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Desecration of the Flag is an American Freedom - Desecration of the Flag is an American Freedom The American Flag is truly a versatile emblem. The flag’s stars, stripes, and colors represent valor, purity and vigilance—they represent bloodshed, hard work, and mostly, the infallible freedoms known as rights. Paradoxically, those same stitches that compose the flag and bind our freedom contain the right to desecrate and utterly disrespect it. How beautiful: a country that regards freedom so highly that it protects even the most offensive actions of expression; what magnificent grace....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays] 400 words
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The Lincoln Administration Pursuit of Freedom - The Lincoln Administration Pursuit of Freedom There are many ways to describe what freedom is; in fact Webster’s dictionary offers nine different explanations of what the word means. “A right or the power to engage in certain actions without control or interference,” is one of the most ubiquitous definitions. There are many ways to describe freedom and American history has portrayed it in very contradictory manners. In the late 1700’s, it was very obvious that America’s forefathers sought freedom as they based their revolution on the principal of emancipation but it was only a short while later that the freedoms of others within the country were being inhibited by slavery....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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