By Irene F. Starkehaus -
There are critics of vigorous expressions of free speech that would explain the limits on free speech in this way:
"Freedom of speech does not entitle individuals to attack other individuals in a rude and obnoxious way or to cause harm by doing so. There are many Americans who willingly go to jail for defending their own honor in such situations. The Founders would not have supported such wildness, and they certainly would not have considered vicious verbal attacks as protected speech. These were men of great moral turpitude, of Christian character, and ultimately there is point where speech is outright damaging and harmful on the individual basis." (Emphasis added.)
Of course, this philosophy is not wholly accurate, is it? It is true that one may not yell "fire" in a crowded theater and claim free speech. It is true that one may not call the police pretending to be one's political adversary, tell them "I just shot my wife," then sit back and watch as the local SWAT team descends on the house of said political adversary. Limits on free speech have historically excluded such overindulgence as we see by reading Benjamin Franklin's pre-revolution words.