What Free Speech Isn’t

The Constitution of the United States limits Congress from making laws to limit the freedom of speech of United States citizens.

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.

First Amendment to the United States Constitution (emphasis added)

So the Constitution prevents Congress from infringing your right to say things.

The Supreme Court has decided to give Congress a pass on this in certain instances.

There is no mention made in the Constitution of anyone’s responsibility to care what you have to say. Nor is there any protection against retort. An argument I see often when people are not-so-kindly asked to keep their freedom of speech to themselves is that this is a free country. Usually on the Internet.

No protection in the Constitution prevents others from telling you that they don’t want to hear it anymore.