With this aim in mind, the First Amendment to the Constitution was adopted in 1791, which guaranteed the right to free speech, among other things. However, given the tumultuous journey of the country since then, having survived a Civil War, two World Wars, and ideological conflicts with communism, there were times when the right to free speech could be misused to harm the interests of the nation. This is a perfect description of a seditious speech, which is explained below with some examples.
- The speech must be aimed at promoting lawlessness.
- Apart from having unlawful motives, the speech should be capable of actually disrupting law and order, and threatening an established government.