It costs nothing to tell someone that you love them, but FTD would rather you say it with flowers.
Cadbury wants you say it with chocolate. And Oscar Mayer says, “Yell it with bacon!”
But shouldn’t speech be free?
A few years ago, an Oxford student told a mounted police officer, “Excuse me, do you realize your horse is gay?” He was arrested for violating the Public Order Act, which prohibits homophobic remarks.
A judge with more sense than the officer (whose intelligence bordered on that of a sea slug) threw the arrest out. Free speech outweighed free stupidity.
Speech may be free, but it often presents itself as a painful reminder of the maxim, “You get what you pay for.”
Recently, a school district hosted a “Draw Muhammad” art contest, promoting itself as a “Free Speech Exhibit.” Of course, it was in fact specifically designed with one intent in mind — to incite hatred.
And it succeeded. Two radical Muslims arrived, started shooting, and were quickly killed by the heavily armed Garland, Texas “Kill ‘em all and let God sort ‘em out” SWAT team.
Was this art contest really free speech? Yeah, it was. Here in America, you have the right to criticize most anyone and most anything.