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. - Freedom of Speech, Press, Religion and Petition, Amendment 1 of the US Constitution
Does anyone remember President George HW Bush (1989-1993)? He made a famous campaign promise "read my lips, no new taxes". This was a foolish statement to make, and eventually he had to raise taxes to meet our financial obligations. Unfortunately for him, he was voted out-of-office the following year and replaced by a man who didn't even win a majority of the vote. President Bush had the right to say what he wanted, but it didn't work out so well for him.
We have the right to express our opinions as long as they don't endanger someone else. We also need to be held accountable for the statements we make ... equally. Hold every elected official or person of authority up to the same standard. Hold our media to do the same. The media loves to talk about journalist ethics, yet biases are clearly evident in what is reported. The reality is that we are all human, and our opinions are shaped by our experiences. We have the right to say it, but there is no right for someone else to listen. IF you want people to listen, you need to be careful what you say and when.
It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it. - Maurice Switzer (often attributed to Abraham Lincoln and Mark Twain)