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Comprehending Our First Amendment

Updated: Jul 14, 2021

"Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such thing as Wisdom; and no such thing as public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech." - Benjamin Franklin

Freedom of Religion- Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion; or prohibit the free exercise thereof. No one can make you go to a church and worship and no one can stop you either. No one can make you wear any religious garb (including face coverings) or tell you can't. Religion is not to be established by the State, nor can they tell you where or when to practice or worship. You have the rights of conscience.

Freedom of Speech and the Press- Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech or the Press. You have the right to speak your thoughts and opinions and to share with others. You have the right to express those thoughts and opinions in multiple ways; public speaking, writing articles, writing stories, speaking face to face with others, speaking in the media or on social platforms. You also have the right to share facts with anyone you wish to share them with using the platforms you wish. You have the right to absolute freedom of political expression. Even those who speak from the pulpits have these rights even while speaking from the pulpit.

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." - Voltaire

You have the right to publish and distribute widely information, thoughts and opinions without restraint or censorship. Regarding the press, there is to be no prosecution of accurate information. The press has the right to censure the government, its officials, and its policies and to publicize the opinions on matters of public concern. The press was intended to be a safeguard of personal liberties, essential to the security of a free state. "The liberty of the press is indeed essential to the nature of a free state."- Sir William Blackstone

The Right of the People Peaceably to Assemble- Congress shall make no law... abridging... the right of the people peaceably to assemble. You have the right to gather with people of your choosing whenever and wherever you wish. You can gather for dinner, a party, a movie, a protest, to sing, to cry, to laugh, to relax amongst good company, to help each other with projects, to work, etc. You have the right to travel whenever and wherever you wish. You cannot be kept from seeing your loved ones, you cannot be kept from seeing your accusers. You cannot be kept from going from point A to Point Z and any point in between.

The Right of the People to Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances- You have the right to inform the Government (the public servants) of when they have breached contract (the Constitution) and broke the law. You have a right to call them, mail letters, email them, show up at their office or home to let them know. You have a right to give them notice informally or formally. You have a right to gather people together to protest their behavior. You have a right to require them to get back in line with their Oath of Office which is an Oath to the Constitution and the Constitution of the respective State. You have the right to hold your employees (public servants) accountable. Your are the Boss in this contract, you are the beneficiary of the contract. Public servants are held to strict limitations in the contract. It is not only your right but, your job to require setting right what is wrong.

Some other thoughts on our first amendment...

The First Amendment like the others, says so much more than what is written; that, for such an "old" document can be applied to today's reality:

Now the first amendment basically talks about the right of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But isn't the right to work part of the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? You've got a right to work, right? To contract your labor, your skill and your time and life as you see fit, correct? That's a first amendment right!

Another first amendment right would be the right to travel freely and unencumbered. No state can require you to have a license to travel freely and unencumbered. Do you know that? It is so, and we will delve into that deeper after we learn our Constitution.

"It is from these honored dead that we take increased devotion to the cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under GOD shall have a new birth of freedom, that the government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth." - Abraham Lincoln

As we gather together to celebrate and honor the brave men & women that have given all for this life we are privileged to live here in the United States of America...

It is up to us to honor those that went before us and gave their one life for this cause; to dig in with deep devotion and carry the torch of freedom forward into the next generation.

The fate of the free world depends us (America). We are the protectors of freedom!

The fate of America depends on her Constitutional principles being up held and the fate of those principles being upheld depends on the first three words of the Constitution; We the People. Guardians of Freedom Michigan is here to challenge you to dive deep down into your job. Learn and comprehend the Constitution and protect freedom with the help of other individuals in your community.

"Congress shall make no law respecting the 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." - The First Amendment

This coming week, we will start on the Second Amendment: "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."

GOD bless America!

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