Actions come from ideas.
I spend a lot of time considering and justifying my ideas and aligning my actions accordingly. For now, I'm free to do so. Justification on why you have said something or had an idea isn't freedom. It is logical and rational. Laws are often logical and rational and yet all restrict freedom.
Own your ideas and speech. Others will judge freely regardless. They are free to do so as long as freedoms remain.
Influencing and leading with ideas is a whole other game. In that case, results matter. History, legacy, consistency all matter.