Yes, you can do that very thing -- but when the "power" includes your boss and your particular "truth" is a matter of opinion, you may find your words have consequences.
The editor of a small newspaper in Bowling Green, Ohio found this out when she wrote a blame-the-guns, blame-the-NRA editorial similar to the recent New York Times front page hit-piece, sent it to her publisher for vetting and the publisher asked her to drop it.
Instead, she enlisted her staff and tried to bring the publisher around to her point of view. It didn't work; pressing her cause, she was fired. --As any of us might expect to happen if we proposed something, our boss told us "don't do that," and we rallied the other workers and argued past a certain point. The "certain point" varies, but when you're operating in the realm of opinion rather than testable fact, it's not very far.
For the fired editor, internet fame has followed -- and there's the ol' First Amendment at work, protecting the airing of even even scurrilous commentary; it just doesn't guarantee a platform to air it from. (Also, now you know what happens when there's an argument between people who buy ink by the barrel.)
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