Free speech used to be about protecting our rights
taking a stand against unfair laws
calling out politicians, and all their flaws

It used to be narrow
about our politics
now it’s how rude people get their kicks

Free speech has expanded to cover just about anything
pornography
indecency
hurling insults at whomever whenever we want

What does mocking someone’s religion have to do with free speech?
what is its purpose?
what kind of values does it teach?

It used to be about standing tall for the things that we believed in
it has become nothing more than an excuse to put people down
people use it to incite, and inflame
to gain notoriety, and win fame

It used to be part of some larger plan
now people do it just because they can

© 2015 Michael Ethan Landau all rights reserved