Why is the First Amendment important?

Minneapolis litigator David Olsen of Henson & Efron describes the importance of the First Amendment.

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Well, the First Amendment and the right to free speech is kind of the cornerstone of democracy. Without free speech, you can’t have a true democracy. And we’ve had courts and politicians from the founding of our republic all talk and expound on it in terms a lot more eloquent than I can be. But free speech is probably the most important right we have in our free society. When people say, “We live in a free society”, that’s what they think. I can say what I want. I can think what I want.