The US Constitution

The US Constitution
Our Constitution is under attack. Most pressingly, the first amendment. The degree and likely effects are debatable. The reality is not. The five fundamental rights codified in that amendment deal directly with information-the currency of truth. They keep our government not only honest but below us. And we can not tolerate even the slightest infringement.

“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.”

[First Amendment]

[What follows is NOT an exhaustive list and the examples neither represent my views nor equal my endorsement, necessarily. My views can be found here. These examples are meant to illustrate the existence of a serious problem.]

Religion (establishment/free exercise):

Both major political parties claim religion is being attacked:
Democrats: Religious Freedom Is Under Attack…? where Republican rhetoric is to blame. Or, 8 Countries Where Religious Freedom Is Actually Under Attack, where “it’s hard not to be incredulous about the way the words “religious liberty” is bandied about in America today.” [sic]
Republicans: The Left’s Attack on Religious Liberty Could Break America, where “the only thing that can protect us is a law that doesn’t have [a religious] exemption.” Or, Report:… where “incidents of hostility based on religious beliefs” are on the rise.

Speech (abridge-shorten without losing the sense):

I am quite sure everyone knows this. They may agree with it or hate it, but it’s hard to miss. Some call it PC culture. Some call it polite. The Battle Against ‘Hate Speech’ On College Campuses Gives Rise To A Generation That Hates Speech, points out that “college campuses have become bastions of rigorously enforced political correctness….” Keeping campuses safe for free speech points out our need for “ways to distinguish between feelings of discomfort caused by exposure to new or even shocking ideas, and actual vulnerability caused by a campaign that singles out individuals explicitly, intending to cause them harm.”
This list is fun: 10 Most Absurd Things…, nine refer to some form of speech; the tenth is a burrito. Another example is Insanity: The Word ‘Man’ Is Banned At Princeton University …, which speaks for itself. UW-Milwaukee Posters Warn Students Not to Say ‘Politically Correct’, Or Use Words Like ‘Lame’. ‘Crazy’ and ‘Trash’, is yet another example.

Press:

Without free press, an America worth fighting for cannot exist. Without free press, there’s no hope for a seeming-government of, for and by the people. Press freedom is not license to tell us what to think. It’s not a protective pedestal from which to peddle propaganda. That fundamental right exists solely to keep the government working for us. It is ours (Press discussion here).

Assembly:

If we cannot assemble, then we cannot revolt. If you find this statement shocking then you should be reminded

…when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce [us] under absolute Despotism, it is [our] right, it is [our] duty, to throw off such Government….

The Declaration of Independence.

The more separated we become the easier it is to keep us apart.
How has our right to assemble been working out for us lately?

They aren’t much talking about this anymore. Did it all just stop? Did someone solve the conflict between police and African Americans?

Think that pipeline will get built?
Those videos don’t necessarily represent my views. But they make me question twenty percent of the first amendment.
I am not saying it is wrong when NYC Officially Recognizes 31 Gender Identities & Expressions, but is it necessary? If it is, then wouldn’t it be better to focus on education, understanding and bringing everyone closer together? We focus with such intensity on gender, race, religion etc., that we look right through inescapable, material similarities. In other words, wouldn’t it be better to stand together as humans, than to retreat into our individual foxholes? Soon, assembly will be synonymous with intrapersonal. Then, it’s too easy to say, “that’s not my fight.”

Petition:

If we can’t trust the government, then we can’t trust petition; government controls it.

Restricting Your Fundamental Rights:

Fundamental rights are not absolute, and it’s not as difficult to restrict them as you might think. For example, most are aware you can’t falsely yell fire in a crowded theater Schenck v. United States (249 U.S. 47, 1919).
In order to restrict fundamental rights the government must satisfy Strict Scrutiny.
The difficulty of establishing a compelling governmental interest is relative to the government’s trustworthiness. Narrow tailoring means the restriction can neither be overinclusive nor underinclusive. That is to say the net must be near-perfectly-sized to catch only the right prey. That’s basically it.

Our freedom of everything that matters depends upon the continuity of our first amendment. Without it we will be overrun, and truth will die.

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