Whenever we have debates about constitutional freedoms, there is one concern that tends to come up. This is the concern that people may ‘abuse’ their constitutional freedoms. You simply can’t have a dialogue about constitutional freedoms without encountering this concern. But what exactly is ‘abuse’ of constitutional freedoms? What exactly amounts to abuse of constitutional freedoms? That is what we shall be trying to establish in this article, albeit in a brief manner.
As far as constitutional freedoms go, you are supposed to enjoy yours to the greatest extent possible — as long as you don’t infringe on the rights of other people. The moment you start infringing on the rights of other people (in the guise of enjoying your constitutional freedoms) you are said to have started ‘abusing’ those freedoms.
Thus, for instance, you may have the freedom to play music — whatever type of music you fancy — at your residence. But if you play it at a volume so high that your neighbors can’t sleep, we can say that you are abusing that freedom. You have to understand that your neighbors also have other commitments. One of your neighbors, for instance, may be someone who works for the US postal service, whose HR portal is accessible at liteblue.usps.gov. The fact the fellow works at the US postal service means that he has to go through the liteblue extranet login page, to sign in and access his work-related resources. But if you (as his neighbor) keep on playing music at very high volumes (meaning that he misses sleep), there is a chance that you may start interfering with performance at work, leading to poor appraisals. You’d then have really messed him up.
So the rule of the thumb is this: you need to ensure that, in the name of enjoying constitutional freedoms, you don’t interfere with the rights of other people. The moment you start interfering with the rights of other people, you cross the line. And from that point onwards, you are said to have started abusing your freedoms. Someone may then (at this point) go to court, to have you restrained from abusing your rights. Indeed you realize that majority of lawsuits are filed by people who feel that their rights are being infringed upon.