what does freedom of speech mean?  do we still have it?

i always thought that freedom of speech meant i can voice my opinion and objections in public w/o fear of prosecution.  Of course there are natural limits to this; i cant say something to start a riot, i cant spew hate, and i cant wrongly incriminate someone of a crime.  But if my views are reasonable, have merit, and are calmly stated, i should be able to say pretty much anything i want.  somehow though, it doesnt feel like i can.

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