When we hear this phrase, we sometimes think of them as one. But they are not. Some people of the Federalists party argued that the Constitution did not need the Bill of Rights because the people and the states kept any powers not given to the federal government. People of the Anit-Federalist did not want to take a chance of people being oppressed so they thought the bill of rights necessary to safeguard the individual's liberty. People like James Madison thought the bill of rights would be too restrictive but was soon convinced that he was wrong. And now over 200 years later, most Americans are glad that the Bill of Rights was put into place. For the next few weeks, I want to visit the original 10 Bill of rights that was added to the constitution, ratified, on December 15, 1791.
Amendment 1 -
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.
There are several "freedoms" mentioned here - freedom from a state religion, freedom of religious oppression (free to worship as they wished), freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to gather together peaceably and freedom to disagree with the government.
The first amendment comes out swinging! When the new world was discovered, it was by people that had faced all of these issues with the monarchy. They were prosecuted for not worshipping a certain way in the state churches, they couldn't say anything against the royals, lords, dukes or knights. They could not print or tell stories or make fun of any of these same classes of people. They could not protest against anything or any law that they saw as unfair.
When America won the Revolutionary War, they were free from all of this, they were able to continue in how that had been living since the reached these shores, but now without fear of prosecution.
In today's America, we too get to reap these rights. But there are some people who want to ignore this 1st amendment right. They want people to be silenced just because they do not agree with them. This is a slippery slope. And it is against the bill of rights. People have different opinions. It is a fact. We should be able to discuss it and come to a compromise. But that is not how the leaders in power are leading right now. That is wrong.
We should be able to worship as we see fit. We were founded on Judao principles and I for one like that, but not everyone agrees. I think that most everyone would agree that the moral values and laws that the founding fathers put into place were best. You may not agree with how and who I worship, but no one, not even the government can stop me by law.
Freedom of speech and the press are good ones. I can say what I like in my blogs and on my show as long as it does not liable for the station. That also means that big companies should not be trying to silence the competition. You do not have to agree with them, but they should have free travel that road just like you and everyone else.
The right to assembly and protest, BUT peaceably. These groups that riot are breaking the law. Simple.
The final part of this really tells into today's atmosphere. Yes, the people who do not agree with the current government officials. And folks have the right to protest or write letters but don't tell or hurt someone else if they do agree with the current government officials.
I hope you will join me next time as we discuss the 2nd Amendment, the right to bear arms!