What is it that makes people believe that they are better than anybody else? Race, creed, religion, social standings, land owner or renter, and etcetera. Do these things make someone better than someone else? Do social hierarchies make someone better than the next? Our liberty is challenged daily by different individuals who want to silence the opinions of others. Our First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America grants us the three very specific things that are never to be taken away: 1) Freedom of Religion; the right to be free of oppression against religion. 2) Freedom of Speech; easily the easiest right that is wanted to be oppressed by all sides (all sides are guilty of this). 3) Freedom of Press; the Right to write or report on what is truly happening without retort. There are more freedoms that are involved; however, these are my main topic for this piece.
Who owns the land; really? Think about that for a moment and let your answer stew for a second. Some of you who are reading are thinking: ‘No one;’ other are thinking, ‘God;’ and still yet others are thinking: ‘I own my own land.’ This question is completely loaded and the answer is completely biased based off of your beliefs.
However, there are some facts that we live as Americans – the facts that we as Americans all follow a creed of sorts – laws – wait, wait, wait… A Bill of Rights! We have a constitution that helps shape our ways of living. We have a constitution that makes us look at the way people look at being part of a government.
The United States Government is in frenzy right now. The United States people are in frenzy right now as well. The people that have the ideal that the United States Government needs to be bigger has a direct clash with what the Bill of Rights state. Government is supposed to be a limited power institution; however, it has become something more of a monarchy – where the few rule all. Truth is that we need to have everyone being free. Why did our country become a country? Our country became a country to stop being tyrannically ruled. The United States felt like they were being taxed for benefits that they were not receiving. However; there were many other reasons, and we can see them all in the United States Constitution, and most importantly the Bill of Rights.
The Bill of Rights – 1st 10 Amendments
Freedoms, Petitions, Assembly
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.
Right to bear arms
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Quartering of soldiers
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
Search and arrest
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Rights in criminal cases
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb, nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Right to a fair trial
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed; which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
Rights in civil cases
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Bail, fines, punishment
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
Rights retained by the People
The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
In the United States, “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.” What is this really saying though? This is saying that we all have the freedom of religion – it is freedom of speech and press, and the freedom of assembly! The freedom of religion is the base of all of our freedoms… Religion is what sets us apart from any other country – we have the freedom to practice whatever religion that we want and to make sure that everyone is able to practice their religion as they see fit. Religion is the best thing that this country has to offer and it is for the best that we keep religion in the forefront of this country thoughts. Remember we are not to keep religion out of our government, but we are to keep our government out of religion. Our country was founded on religious principles – Christian religious principles – I mean for crying out loud our money has “In God We Trust” right on it! If we take the God out of the country then our country will no longer be as it is supposed to be. Every great civilization that has ever existed has fallen due to not following the will of the Lord any longer.
The next best thing about the 1st Amendment is that of which I am doing right now and you are doing as well – Freedom of Speech, Press, and Assembly. I know you are thinking what does this have to do with Assembly? Remember you are assembling to read this document. I am speaking my mind, and using this website as a member of the so-called press. I have the right to say whatever I want; whenever I want to say it! And it does not even matter if I offend somebody! However, if one has common sense and wants to make sure that they’re not offending people by their own personal views – say it tactfully.
This website is dedicated to the First Amendment in many ways; especially petitioning the government to change. This website is more than anything a way to get out grievances against the government and the status quo. Remember that we encourage debate on this page to show everyone our grievances and to debate each other’s views and also to celebrate them as well.