Violations of the Constitution – The First Amendment

 

Our Founders created the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to guarantee the American people certain freedoms, liberties and rights. Over the years, those rights have been trampled, manipulated and at times, grossly misinterpreted.

Constitution

This series will focus on the first ten amendments and present examples of just how many of our rights have virtually been lost, or upheld, as the odd case may be.

The First Amendment

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.

The Supreme Court has also interpreted the First Amendment as protecting freedom of association.

Ignoring the Supreme Court’s decision, the government is arresting those speaking out … and violently crushing peaceful assemblies which attempt to petition the government for redress.

There are also enacted laws allowing the secret service to arrest anyone protesting near the president or other designated folks.

Mass spying by the NSA violates our freedom of association.

The threat of being labeled a terrorist for exercising our First Amendment rights certainly violates the First Amendment. The government is using laws to crush dissent, and it’s gotten so bad that even U.S. Supreme Court justices are saying that we are descending into tyranny.

The following are a few examples of actions that may get an American citizen living on U.S. soil labeled as a “suspected terrorist” today:

Complaining about the taste of your tap water

Using social media

Speaking out against government policies

Asking questions about pollution (even at a public Congressional hearing?)

Paying cash at an Internet cafe

Stocking up on more than 7 days of food (even though all Mormons are taught to stockpile food, and most Hawaiians store up extra food)

Being a white American

Opposing surveillance

Another infringement of the first amendment could be Senate bill 987. If it passes, the government will have the authority to say who is a journalist and who isn’t.  Only those deemed worthy as a true journalist will be protected by the first amendment.

The targeting by the IRS of conservative organizations is a violation of their first amendment right to assert their views and opinions on important issues and risks chilling important speech.

We see free speech violated in schools all the time. Shirts with various slogans worn by students, are inevitably an infraction of some obscure dress code.

Next up – The Second Amendment

~Kathy

Sources: Wikipedia

Washington’s Blog

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14 Responses to Violations of the Constitution – The First Amendment

  1. Terry says:

    Great start to what I’m sure will be a fascinating series, Kathy.
    Looking forward (with clenched fists) to next installments.

    • Kathy says:

      Thanks, Terry. It’s hard to type with clenched fists, so I was yelling at the computer most of the time. You know things are bad when the government is more worried about middle-aged white people than they are about the muzzies and the illegals.

  2. Mrs AL says:

    Maybe I shouldn’t comment given according to the post you put up I am most definitely labeled as a “suspected terrorist,” Kathy. Golly, we are known by the company we keep. See ya’

  3. Clyde says:

    Good piece, although I would not be too trusting of Wikipedia as a source.

  4. Kathy says:

    Thanks, Clyde. I got word from the NSA that Wikipedia is ok.

  5. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…..
    Somehow, the courts have ruled that this also means a city council cannot put up a Manger Scene at City Hall. Sorry, but is the city council the same as Congress? No. Are they making a federal law establishing a state religion? Nope. So the basis of those decisions is……????? Interpretation of one judge’s ruling, which interpreted another judge’s ruling, which interpreted another judge’s ruling, which interpreted what some left wing politician said about the interpretation of another judge’s ruling on a case that had nothing to do with this subject!

    • Kathy says:

      Yet, those city councils, and some at the state level, cow the moment opposition presents itself. This whole interpretation to the third power is nuts. The Right needs to speak up and the Left needs to shut up.

  6. Hardnox says:

    If they lock all of us Conservatives up together at least we won’t be arguing.