The government action to suppress opposition to World War 1 was not justified. Every American deserves the right to voice their opinion without the fear of being thrown in jail. The government should want the American people to back their decision in going to War, but penalizing those against it is unjust. Freedom of speech is something Americans have valued since the birth of our nation. Taking away part of that right goes against what America stand for in being a 'free nation'.
The government’s action to suppress opposition of the war was not justified. Our country in known for the freedom of speech. This right is the first of the ten amendments. As a country we were very hypocritical to not allow the United States citizens to voice their opinion. The Espionage Act and the Sedition Act were the acts that were used to justify the suppression of opposition. These acts take away our basic rights as Americans. I do not see how these acts were passed if they are completely against our Constitution.
The American government was not justified when it made opposing World War I illegal. The American citizens have and always will have the right to their own opinion. This right is protected by the first amendment to the United States Constitution. By enforcing laws such as the Espionage Act and the Sedition Act, the government is violating one of the most cherished rights that American citizens possess, the freedom of speech. When the government started to enforce these new laws, they could have potentially lost men that they could have sent to war because they were thrown in jail for speaking their mind. If they weren't imprisoned, they could have been sent under the Selective Service Act to Europe to fight for their country. There is no way that the US government can be justified for suppressing the opposition to World War I.
In my opinion, the government action to suppress opposition to the war was not justified. Its not justified due to the fact that they removed the civilian right to freedom of speech. As a free country, we take pride in voicing our opinion on topics in debates,discussions, and arguements. This government action takes away that priviledge which goes against what we stand for as a nation. All in all, the decision of suppressing opposition is not justified because it goes against the right to freedom of speech which is included in the first amendment.
The government action to suppress opposition to World War I was not justified in my opinion. Although the Supreme Court argued that in a time like this the 1st Amendment does not apply, but the reason the Supreme Court was established was to defend the Bill of Rights. Just because the government is allowed to make acts like these in times of war does not make it justifiable. For a nation who stands for freedom of speech, religion, etc, it is not right that we limit the rights of the people due to a war. People's first right is to voice their opinion no matter what the subject may be, which is why I believe the government was not justified in the decision of suppressing opposition to the war.
I think the governments action to suppress opposition to World War 1 was actually justified. I know that they were taking away the first amendment but the government only did it for the peoples safety. Without support from American citizens the war could have been a lot worse. If newspapers talk badly about our country it could sway the American's view causing them to not sign up for the army or navy, save food for the soldiers, or make products to support the armies overseas. American citizens opinion could make or break the war and that's why its so important for people not to talk badly about America or the government. This is one of those times when your freedom is restricted for safety.
I do not feel like the government was justified by completely eliminating anyone who opposed Word War I. To me, I feel as though the government that built our civil rights by creating the Bill of Rights, completely tore everything apart. Having severe punishments for publicly voicing your opinion about this topic is ridiculous. It is basically the United States stripping away one of the key points of being an American citizen. It came down to the point where you could not even speak to your parents about how you feel about the situation, with the fear of having a nosey neighbor listening in. I can not imagine how our country would react to this type of situation nowadays because it would be extremely chaotic. You can not stop a blogger voicing their opinion now with the internet, we can not even manage to keep cyber bullying under control. I feel as though that was a huge mistake that our government had made back at that time, because this type of situation most definitely would never happen again.
The suppression of opposition towards the Great War was an unjustified action by the American Government. Freedom of speech is the first of the ten amendments, and is a right that America prides itself on. Although the Supreme Court argues that in desperate times the first amendment can be over ruled, the government is simply taking away the basic rights of Americans. Both the Espionage and Sedition Act were used to justify the government’s decisions. While all of this was done to protect the countries nationalism and militarism during a time of war, it greatly affected peoples rights to voice their opinion. I believe the government had America’s best interest in mind; however their actions were ultimately unjust and unconstitutional.
I do not agree with the attempt to suppress opposing voices. I don't agree with this idea. Every person in America deserved the right to freedom of speech and press. punishing someone for giving their view is very unfair. You cannot let the little amount of people who speak their thoughts anger the government. The government will always have critics. In addition, the punishing of those who spoke out was not justified. There was no reason to take away the people's first amendment.
The government action to suppress opposition to World War was unjustified. According to the Amendment I, every Americans have the right for freedom of speech and that’s the reason why America is called a free country. If the government takes their freedom of speech it’s not a free country anymore and it unjust for the people. If the American citizen don't have the freedom of speech with the government, how could they make decisions with the government criticize if the government is wrong or right ? So it unjustified for the government action to suppress opposition against the people.
In World War I, I think that the Government had the right to suppress the First Amendment during time of crisis or war in our country. The Supreme Court at that point of time stated "that there are times when the need for public order is so pressing that the first amendment protection of speech does not apply" which I think is the right thing to do. The people in the world has never seen a war this huge so we didn't need newspapers opinion on how the government should run its war policy. Also we needed people to support the war effort so we didn't want the newspaper opinion to sway the public view on the war. The government was think about the whole country over individual rights. We wanted people to fight this war and have pride in what they were fighting over not be forced to fight by the draft and has no enthusiasm towards the cause. These are the reasons I think we were justified to suppress opposition in World War I.
The United States government had no right whatsoever to suppress opposition of the war. Americans have always had their freedoms since the signing of the Constitution. One of the most important right is having the freedom of speech. The American government stripped Americans of what the United States stands for, freedom.The government could have taken a less extreme path to get people to support the war. Making one's voice away is dehumanizing and is completely wrong for a country to do to her people.
I believe that the government’s action to suppress opposition to the war was completely unjustified. The foundation of our country was the peoples’ rights and the liberty to carry them out. One of those rights is freedom of speech, and by taking this right away, no matter the circumstance, is wrong. Threatening the people with a jail sentence or some other form of punishment was unfair because all they were doing was voicing their opinion. The government may have had America's best interest at heart but they went about it the wrong way, and their action of suppressing freedom of speech was unjustified.
The government was unjust in suppressing the opposition of World War I because it was unconstitutional. I believe that our country was so patriotic at the time that there was no need to create this law. We have the right to say what we please and that makes our country different from others. By penalizing those who speak out is going against what we worked to achieve up until that point. The example you always use in class of Eugene V. Debs is a great example that the government really was not playing around. This proves how unjust it putting a presidential candidate destine to become president in jail because he spoke about what he believed.
I believe that the government's decision to suppress opposition to World War I was completely justified. World War I was a tough war and I'm more than positive that there were a few moments when the soldiers wanted to die rather than continue fighting. They were forced to always wear the same filthy clothes, as well as, always having to be alert of what was going on and barely ever getting sleep. Also, keep in mind that the conditions they lived in were terrible and that they rarely had food that was good and hardy to help their bodies. So in actuality, the only thing that the soldiers kept fighting for was America and their families. So holding in a bad thought or two, shouldn't be so hard compared to what these men were put through.
I believe that it was not justifiable for the government to suppress opposition to World War I. The United States is known as the free nation and when the government caps what Americans are allowed to say or think it goes against our rights. Freedom of speech and press is the first amendment in our Constitution and I don't think it was acceptable for the government to temporarily go against the people's rights at the time. During World War I Americans should have been able to voice their thoughts and opinions about the war with each other and in the news paper without being punished.
In World War I the United States government did have the right to suppress anyone who went against the war efforts. During this time of adversity there were many men fighting for most of the other countries, and America needed as much support as possible. Although people do have the right to speak out against something, it is allowed that the government does not like the support and decides to make it illegal. If the American government did not step in, many of the men that were in the military may not have joined knowing that what was happening was wrong. Even the people that did not contribute in physical battle still played a major role by supplying the troops with food and money by using liberty bonds. America may not have won the war if the government made the correct decision by not allowing citizens to speak out against the war.
The government action to suppress opposition to World War I was not justified. American citizens have the right to voice their opinions. At this time, the government enforced the Sedition Act and the Espionage Act. These Acts took away Americans prior rights of freedom of speech. The government shouldn't have been able to make such a drastic change, and not expect people to fight it. No American should have been put into jail for speaking their opinion on World War 1.
The government was not justified when it made the decision to suppress opposition to World War I. The Sedition Act made it illegal to use "disloyal" language. In other words, Americans were not allowed to voice their opinion if it disagreed with the government. The first amendment in the constitution is the right to religion, assembly, press, petition, and speech. By making it illegal to speak out against the war, the government was taking away americans right to free speech. America was founded on freedom, and taking away citizens right to freedom f speech was taking away one of everyones basic human rights.
During the World War I, government created the Sedition Act and the Espionage Act to suppress people's opposition on World War I. I believe that this was an unjust action to take. The first amendment states, "Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech" therefore people have the right to say what they please and taking this freedom away from them was an unfair use of power. The horrors of the war should have been able to be discussed throughout America, people needed to know where their loved ones where going to face and be prepared for the outcome. If patriotism was strong enough in this time then the freedom to write and publish opinions on the war would not have been taken away.
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