Yesterday, I wrote about the goings on in Clark County, Nevada at the Bundy Ranch. I discussed that the Bureau of Land Management came in to enforce a lawsuit decision that stemmed from the government’s desire to protect the desert tortoise. He has been in dispute with the federal government since 1993.
If it were up to Obama, the First Amendment would be limited to only certain people. The Daily Caller reports just that. It is important to know that Obama and his administration is no friend to the American citizen. Whether you’re rich, middle income, of poor he is no friend to you.
Why is the First Amendment so important? What does it do for us; to us? Well, this is the first in a series that looks at each of the Amendments in our Bill of Rights.
What is 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.
Lets look at this in more detail.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;
It says exactly what it says. The government cannot make or promote any particular religion or prohibit anyone from practicing any religion, be it Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Paganism, or whatever
or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;
The government cannot and shall not prevent anyone, whether they be the press or a private citizen, from freely speaking.
or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
This part means you can rally or assemble and PEACEFULLY and send your concerns to the government for a solution.
It is simple as that.
If it’s that simple…
Then why are people arrested for practicing their First Amendment? Why are people, on both sides of the political fence, persecuted for speaking their mind?
There are cases after cases of people being treated just as so for exercising their First Amendment Rights. A black man who protests police treatment of blacks and Hispanics. He protests right out in front of the Supreme Court. This man, although I don’t know that I agree with his argument, didn’t do anything wrong. He simply held a sign. He didn’t talk to or at anyone. However, he was still treated as if he were a criminal. The guy was doing nothing more than exercising his First Amendment right.
This isn’t the first time someone has been persecuted in recent years for their views. It happens all the time. It has got to stop. We have got to stop this from happening to us.
Look at the men praying in front of the White House. They were told to stop and go elsewhere. They refused to comply and were arrested. I’m glad they were arrested. It shows the extent the government will go to in an attempt to force their heavy handed authority on the public.
They even have free speech zones. Places they can make you go to if you want to speak out. They’re all over the country from our capitols to our college campuses.
What you can do
Speak up! Don’t just sit there and let them take our rights from us. Those of you who allow the government to come in and shut you up, deserve to be shut up. If you don’t exercise your rights, you lose them. Its the same as with your muscles. If you don’t exercise your muscles, you’ll lose them. It’s the same thing.
Get yourself arrested for exercising your rights. I don’t mean to go out and commit an actual crime, but when the authorities tell you that you can’t protest, pray, speak, assemble, or rally; you tell them to kiss off. When they threaten to throw you in jail and make life hard on you, tell them to do their worst. When they threaten your job, your freedoms, your lifestyle; give them the proverbial finger and keep going. Don’t back down. Never back ground. Never give your rights away.
Exercise is hard
Exercising your rights can be difficult. It can cost you so much. However, would you rather have an easy life and live as a slave? Or would you rather be free under any circumstance, regardless of what you have to deal with? If you chose the first, you get what you deserve. I’d take the latter. I will bow to no man, I will be no one subject.
I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees.