The first amendment is such a powerful part of the Constitution. In the past 5 years it has been under attack and threatened by Common Core education, Senators, the IRS, etc. Individuals have been targeted for their political and religious beliefs by this administration, and more. I decided to focus on six words of this wonderful amendment in this article: “or abridging the freedom of speech”
December 15, 1791 ten amendments were written and adopted as the Bill of Rights to the Constitution. These well-chosen words by our founding fathers I submit to you to enjoy: “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 press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
Now I cannot continue without mentioning this does not mean common sense does not apply. Meaning, the Supreme Court ruled that freedom of speech cannot be used as a shield when it invades someone’s privacy, subversion in times of war, libel, etc. However, while the Supreme Court in many instances throughout history ruled the first amendment is not absolute (yelling fire in a crowded movie theatre), it does protect YOU of your political and religious beliefs.
We may not always agree with its protections, but limiting this freedom? The courts would be filled with people defending themselves for every use of it until a judge ruled if it was OK or not. Take a Painting of the virgin Mary for instance. An artist painted the religious icon smeared with Elephant Dung. Offensive to those of religious beliefs, and mind you it was tax payer funded! Yet, the “artist” if you can call him that, said it was his first amendment right to do it. Was he right? Sadly, yes, as the courts agreed http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Holy_Virgin_Mary. Another “artist” simply placed the American Flag on the floor in an exhibit and those perusing the event were invited to register their thoughts. To get to the journal they had to walk over the flag, Offensive? Well, to me it is, and hopefully to you too, but are these “artworks” a form of speech? Again, sadly yes http://www.nytimes.com/1989/03/02/us/veterans-protest-flag-exhibit-at-art-institute.html. About a year ago a man driving passed by a speed trap by police. Moments later he flashed his cars headlights to an upcoming driver and another policeman stopped him and ticketed him. He won in the courts saying it was his first amendment rights to flash his headlights to warn the other driver. He won! http://abcnews.go.com/US/missouri-driver-sues-city-ticket-speed-trap-warning/story?id=19735737
The Liberal left is always standing behind this amendment for extreme uses, yet, when it comes to the “Real” use of this protection, many people find the left attacks the individual. Unless you have lived under a rock, you have heard recently about Phil Robertson, the Duck Dynasty man who said his religious beliefs to a GQ magazine interviewer. Saying that; “homosexuals cannot inherit the Kingdom of God”. He did not say they must die, be prosecuted, or anything violent. He simply said what his church and bible teaches him. He was suspended by the A&E network. Sponsors and much of the public came to his defense. Rightfully so, and A&E folded and he is back from all the pressure, but the left attacked him as they always do. Reverend Jackson said what this man mentioned was worse than what the driver of the bus said to Rosa Parks, and calling it “White Privilege”. Leave it to Reverend Jackson to turn a Christian/homosexuality debate into race. http://www.politico.com/story/2013/12/jackson-duck-star-white-privilege-101533.html . The left is doubly happy to attack this event as it is both an attack on free speech and religion.
The two examples I offer above is the entire point of what is happening to the first amendment. In the past 5 years if the left does something that offends the right? It is “Freedom of Speech”, If the right does something that offends the left? There must be consequences! Chick-fil-A is another example.
Closely the left attacks on the freedom of speech is tied to religious situations or Conservative views. This is no accident. Liberals are all too often consumed with decimating the opposing view. Their agenda does not allow for debate or tolerance. Ironically their claim to be the tolerant side of opposing views is what they hold dear… until they are actually confronted with an opposing view.
Senator Chuck Schumer has called for “limiting” freedom of speech. He recognized the first amendment as not being absolute and discussed further limitations that go beyond the Supreme Court’s rulings in the past. His audio is in reference to limiting conservative speech on radio, and the Internet. Being the left owns the media on TV it suffers greatly on radio and the Internet. What better way to promote liberal propaganda by eliminating the opposing views? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeFBGaKJk7o
The fairness doctrine is one of the most forefront attacks on the first amendment. The left has wanted to push this for a long, long time. It was introduced in 1949 and it seemed simple enough. A broadcast network must give equal time to opposing views. However, the left wishes to use it to stop Conservative talk radio and bloggers. Imagine if you will instead of 30 minutes of, oh let’s say, Bill O’Reilly, he must only be on for 15 minutes giving someone like Al Franken the other 15 minutes. Or most likely the format would be Fox News giving 12 hours a day to progressive liberal programming. Yet, MSNBC would probably go untouched, as a Liberal administration would claim they are already fair. Bloggers would find a more difficult route. If they could not share their own personal blog with an opposing view, they would not be able to write at all. Congress and Harry Reid take this issue up about once a year, but have failed to succeed. However, you can fail 99 times and just win once, and that is how socialism creeps in to our daily lives. Once you lose your freedom, you will never get it back (… and oh how we lost so much already these past 5 years).
To combat freedom of speech the left has taken to thwart much of religious and political freedoms by terming them “Hate Speech”. To say one man sleeping with another is fine, but if you say it is not? HATE SPEECH! It succeeds in the mainstream media, which in turn dumbs down America to the point where 50 % of the population believes this strategy. There have been attempts to legislate “Hate Speech”, and there will be more. As my above statement, it may fail 99 times, but it only needs one time to succeed. There are legitimate hate speech issues that, with proper definition, could, and should be legislated, but that is not the left’s concern. It would be a tool to squelch religious and opposing political views. Imagine if one said “Obama has ruined our country”. One might find himself/herself being hauled off in a Paddy Wagon (showing my age by that term). Already MSNBC said if you use the President’s middle name it is racists.
The right to political free speech is also under fire by the IRS. Although this “Non-Scandal” as the Democrat talking points calls it, is still being investigated by Congressman Darrell Issa. Regardless if the orders came from the White House or not, the IRS targeting Conservative organizations, or individuals like Dr. Benjamin Carson, while giving passes to liberal organizations is a direct attack on their political freedom of expressions. In a Republican administration if the left was targeted by the IRS, the left would be demanding prison terms, Impeachment, lawsuits, etc. We are in a new era. With Hilary or a Democrat most likely to win the next election (Because we put up liberal Republicans and conservatives stay home one Election Day) we have at least another 8 years of targeting, as the IRS has not slowed down on this harassment even though they are still being investigated. Why slow down? With this administration they will be free from any prosecution.
The President in 2012 called for an amendment to the Constitution that would limit political free speech of corporations and Super-pacs. The Supreme Court said the government may not prevent books, brochures, funding to campaigns, etc. of Corporations. While the corporations is not an individual, it is made up of many people, thus the right to gather applies. During a State of the Union Address that Obama invited the Supreme Court to, you may recall Obama then trashed them for this ruling while they sat with the cameras on them. This was one of the lowest points in a State of the Union Speech I had ever witnessed. http://cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-calls-amendment-limiting-free-speech-rights
To further prevent political opposing views, President Obama signed H.R. 347 legislation that allows the Secret Service to set up “NO FREEDOM OF SPEECH ZONES”. With the flash of signing his name to this bill, the right to gather peaceably and protest is gone. Well, not gone, but hey, what good is it if the zone only allows you to do your political protest so far away no one is there to see it? This bill issues a penalty of up to one year in prison if you are in the zone presenting your opposing view. http://offgridsurvival.com/freespeechzones/
Just these few words in the Amendment; “or abridging the freedom of speech”, mean less today than it did 5 years ago. What will it mean during the next 3 to 8 years? While we are on the subject, take the word “abridging” which means to shorten. Yet, H.R. 347 does just that. Or Obama’s attempt at stopping corporations to participating in Elections does just that, abridge. Did you ever notice how he does not try to stop Unions from doing what corporations do? That is because they are overwhelmingly supportive of Democrats.
Free Speech is not always free it seems. You can be suspended from your reality TV show, you can be targeted by the IRS, you can even be told to move outside a No Free Speech Zone, but, if you wish to paint the Virgin Mary with Elephant poop, have at it! Soon like in China we just might end up in re-education through labor camps. Oh wait, is that was this next link is about?: http://www.infowars.com/leaked-u-s-army-document-outlines-plan-for-re-education-camps-in-america/ You be the judge if it is legitimate news or not. Do your own research, educate yourself.
Americans have always been a people of peaceful protests (Other than the occupier nuts who Obama, Pelosi, and Reid praised). Now, the peaceful opposition: You, the Tea Party, Conservatives, just may be the bulls eye of the left in bigger ways. Stand up for religious, moral, ethical, political views. A silent majority is useless if it remains silent. But as always, be peaceful about it. God Bless the United States of America, and God Bless the First Amendment.
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