Twaters gonna twate. (say it like ‘hate’).
The First Amendment is one of our country’s most cherished institutions — and one of its most profoundly misunderstood. The confusion comes from those first five words: “Congress shall make no law.” Congress isn’t allowed to abridge your freedom of speech. That means the First Amendment only applies to the government, not private parties — as every kid eventually learns, your parents certainly don’t have to respect your right to free speech. “Most first-year law students don’t understand this point,” says Geoffrey Stone, a constitutional law professor at the University of Chicago Law School. “They think their employer can’t fire them because they criticized the president, and they’re wrong.”