Ratified on 15 December 1791

This so-called antiquated document has protected the people of this country from the over reach of government for over 200 years but has been under attack for the past 100 years as Progressive thought has taught that the collective has precedence over the individual.  Below are seven things that are ensured by the first amendment alone.

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  1. cjb321

    An excellent reminder. Thank you!

    December 16, 2016
    1. SEC

      my pleasure

      December 16, 2016
  2. Munkyman

    1. is not very accurate, you cannot say whatever you may wish & you certainly can’t do it anywhere you might wish. It does provide you broad latitude in what you can say & where you might be able to say it.

    December 17, 2016
    1. SEC

      As my dad used to phrase your right to do as you wish ends at the tip of my nose or the tips of my toes

      December 17, 2016
      1. Munkyman

        & a couple other places too, where you simply have no right to disturb the peace.

        December 17, 2016
        1. SEC

          Those are courtesy and respect exceptions this list is not down to the minutia but a general statement of the intents

          December 17, 2016
          1. Munkyman

            Some folk take that say what you want to extremes, it needs to be clearly outlined.

            December 17, 2016
            1. SEC

              these do not need caveats other than those dictated by courtesy, considerations and kindness

              December 17, 2016
            2. Munkyman

              Say what you want has many caveats supported by the Supreme Court.

              December 17, 2016
            3. SEC

              My dear Munky note this is what the Federal Government is not to monkey with, it says nothing about what the local and states may decide is in their best interests.

              December 17, 2016
            4. Munkyman

              Sure you have the right to try, as long as you’re willing to take the punishment.

              December 17, 2016
            5. SEC

              as it is with any independent decision one must be willing to sustain the consequences

              December 17, 2016
  3. Tony51203

    A fine reminder! Thank you for it. These outline our rights as INTERPRETED by the Supreme court. We always have to remember that.

    December 17, 2016
    1. SEC

      I’d agree only these are our inalienable rights whose applications have been interpreted by the Supreme Court.

      December 17, 2016
      1. Tony51203

        Sort of

        December 17, 2016
        1. SEC

          heavy on the “sort of”

          December 17, 2016
          1. Tony51203

            yes

            December 18, 2016
  4. LovingLasVegas

    People who don’t think America is an exceptional country, should read the U.S. Constitution, and particularly the Bill of Rights.

    December 17, 2016
    1. SEC

      indeed

      December 17, 2016
    2. Munkyman

      It is impressive that those who knew they would be the government sought to limit the power & scope of the government so completely & reserve the rest specifically for the states & citizenry. That people who were the absolute haves of the day & continent, were so concerned with the rights of the common men & so opposed to establishing ancestral rule & titles for their own children. That so many bankrupted themselves to help establish the very best foundation for this nation, meeting government payrolls out of their own pockets, establishing universities, serving instead of working their own enterprises. I hope that Trump is as good as he claims to intend, but if we get screwed… it’s because too few of us take an active roll in holding the Congress accountable for their actions day to day, they exist in part to protect us from a bad President screwing us to the wall. If they fight him when we’d rather they not it’s our fault if we don’t write our Reps & Sens; if they let him get away with stuff that hurts our middle class, it’s our fault if we …. The founders put the reins in our hands, we far & wide choose not to use them more than once every 4 years & pat ourselves on the back for it as if that’s even close to our responsibility of stewardship. SEC will tell you what Franklin said to the lady outside Constitution Hall & I can tell you what Plato said more than 2000 years earlier. I’ll paraphrase Plato demanded we love truth & justice more than our own families or even our cities to be good citizens of a republic. He insisted anything else led to corruption of the state & decay into democracy (mob rule) ending in despotism & the failure of the republic. Rome proved him out, we’ve got circuses complete with the common man being thrown to the lions in reality TV mockeries, we’ve got free bread aplenty, we’ve still got zero accountability in our government & we’re still not doing much about it. Millions should be demanding that Obama be placed under house arrest after that gawdawful ramble of his yesterday.

      December 17, 2016
  5. rebecca2013

    December 17, 2016
    1. SEC

      December 17, 2016
      1. rebecca2013

        December 17, 2016
  6. 29A

    If the “government cannot make you believe in religion”, what is the basis of R’s foisting anti-abortion legislation on others, or denying homosexuals the same legal rights as those in a heterosexual marriage?

    December 18, 2016
    1. SEC

      the religion you choose to espouse forms your principles, ethics and world view on how you expect yourself and others to behave. If the majority hold with the stated intent “We hold these truths to be self evident”, life being one listed then one should uphold and defend life. It is not government’s business to define what is or is not a marriage that is solely the purview of the ones belief system.

      December 18, 2016
      1. 29A

        Why is it man “expects”, demands, via legislated threat of corporeal punishment, certain behavior(s).
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        Whereas, God hasn’t seen fit to issue corporeal punishment for misbehavior in what, over 2000 years?
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        “It is not government’s business to define what is or is not a marriage that is solely the purview of the ones belief system. "
        .
        Alex Trebek: What is DOMA?

        December 18, 2016
        1. SEC

          and that is the conservative small government group objection to the nanny state in a nut shell

          December 18, 2016
    2. 29A

      But would you agree, authoritarianism exists on either side of the dualistic political-spectrum…on the left, it exhibits as political-correctness; on the right, it exhibits as religious-inspired laws.
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      The result is that compromise is impossible, due to political pet “peeves”…and things which are simplistic enough to grab public attention.
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      Like "illegal-immigrants’. All employers are mandated to utilize the I-9 form, but not E-Verify.
      .
      Form I-9
      Is mandatory
      Does not require employee’s Social Security number
      Does not require a photo on identity documents (List B)
      Must be used to reverify expired employment authorization
      .
      E-Verify
      Is voluntary for most employers
      Requires employee’s Social Security number
      Requires a photo on identity documents (List B)
      May not be used to reverify expired employment authorization
      .
      https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/about-form-i-9/e-verify-and-form-i-9
      .
      Trump’s proposed wall is not only expensive, it’s useless. A 30-foot wall, will only stimulate the 35-foot ladder business, a-la Rick Perry. Or tunnelers…or ocean routes.
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      Whereas, a congressional mandating, for employers to utilize E-Verify, a bought-and-paid-for program, costs nothing.

      December 20, 2016
      1. SEC

        tyrants come in all shapes sizes and colors, they even have a wide spectrum of ideological bents. They all seem to think they need to have control.

        December 20, 2016