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Freedom of Speech

"The Free Flow of Ideas & Thought"

The minute we begin to limit the speech of one person, we begin a slippery slope where more and more speech is limited until everyone's speech is suppressed. We have to understand that in a nation with free speech as one of the great cornerstones to our republic, we will encounter people that we deem offensive. However, they may find us offensive. It is a two-way street. One that I don't necessarily like at all times, but one I accept in order to ensure that my speech and your speech remain free from suppression.

Free speech is the vehicle by which ideas are transferred between two or more people. When we limit that free flow of ideas, we hamper our ability to grow, create, learn, and express ourselves. One of my favorite quotes which is often attributed to Voltaire is "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." Protecting the speech of others, no matter how offensive, in turn protects our own speech.

So, what are we to do when we are faced with someone who's speech is so horrendous, offensive, and shocking? That's simple. Stop listening. Do not give the offender an audience. Attention is the fuel of speech. If you take away the attention, it cannot flourish. Your silence and disinterest will drown out the offensive speech. Another way to combat offensive speech with out suppressing speech is to introduce more, positive, non-offensive speech, which in turns also drowns out offensive speech. We don't have to take away the rights of another to protect our own rights.

I will always protect freedom of speech - yours, mine, and every other American. I want to hear what you have to say, even if I do not agree with you or am offended by your speech. Why? Because that is how I grow as a person, learn more about my community, my district, my state, my country, and myself.

I am committed to ensuring that your rights will always be protected! And I will ALWAYS welcome your thoughts, comments, criticism, opinions, and ideas. After all, how can I be an effective Congresswoman and represent you in Congress if I don't know HOW you want me to represent you?