“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the free press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” –First Amendment to the US Constitution, written by James Madison
In our entire American Constitution, there are no more important amendments than the first ten, the Bill of Rights. This was intentional. Madison, Jefferson, and the other writers of this world-renowned document recognized the importance of a free, libertarian United States of America with a very tightly-controlled federal government while protecting especially against a runaway president who might try become “king.” In order for all the rest of it to work, these first ten amendments had to structure everything else, they reasoned beautifully.
And of all the first ten amendments, there is none, not one even close, to the level of importance of the First Amendment because of the free speech, freedom of religion, free press, and freedom of assembly/protest assurances. If our framers would’ve been asked which amendment they could save and if all the rest would have to go away, they would’ve undoubtedly saved the First Amendment and that one alone.
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Other American political animals on the Left are not so sure. They want to chip away at our Constitution, just as their feckless leader is and has been doing with impunity. Obama has been a premier anti-Constitutionalist, talking out of both sides of his mouth simultaneously to different audiences or targets, while acting like an automated, human wood-chipper and eliminating as many of our First Amendment rights as possible.
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There’s nothing more shocking to me and other Conservatives than to have a supposed “Constitutional law professor” (he wasn’t, his title was “lecturer”) taking great big bites out of this exemplary document with cruddy, piranha teeth. Just how phony, how much of a liar, and how anti-American is this president? How stupid does he take us to be?
Let’s look at these basic, beautiful American rights and what Obama’s done to threaten and eradicate our protections by the First Amendment.
“If the First Amendment means anything, it means that a state has no business telling a man, sitting alone in his house, what books he may read or what films he may watch.” –Thurgood Marshall
Very true. But Justice Marshall did not go quite far enough. It also means that a state has no business telling anybody—not just a man and not just one sitting at home—anything at all about what they can read, watch, or most importantly say.
Anybody who’s ever been to London’s Hyde Park Corner, “Speaker’s Corner” on a Sunday morning, knows about Free Speech. You can expect to see all manner of sensible, erudite, uneducated, and lunatic speakers, all trying to out-do each other, yell louder, and attract a bigger crowd to listen than any other speaker. This is the American First Amendment in action.
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