The Right to Free Speech (1A) - The First Amendment
Though the vast majority of Americans are totally ignorant of the fact, the Bill of Rights (the first 10 Amendments), like the Constitution itself, has a Preamble: “The conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution.”
It was understood by the Founders, and has been largely forgotten in today's society, that the rights of people everywhere, and addressed specifically to the citizens of the United States in our Constitution, are not granted by the government; rather, these rights are characterized by our Founders as "unalienable" - they cannot be usurped or restriced as they come from God, not man, and certainly not from man's government.
Unfortunately, our school systems have failed us dramatically over the past several decades. Our young people not only are not familiar with the Charters of Freedom, but devoid of awareness where to even find where our God-given rights are delineated in the Constitution.
Most cannot tell you which of our rights are ensconced in the First Amendment. (Can you?) They are, in order of their appearance in the 1st Amendment:
- the freedom of religion
- freedom of speech
- freedom of the press
- the right of the people to assemble
- the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances
While we certainly have our issues with all the other rights enumerated herein, the most problematic in society at this time is the freedom of speech.
At every turn there remains a highly troubling, cohesive effort between the radical left, Islamist supporters, academia, rogue justices and the media - including social media - to intimidate and suppress free speech. YOUR right to exercise free speech is in jeopardy, as is mine. Who among us has not been “jailed” by Facebook or censored by Twitter as a result of what they determine is unfit for public consumption?
The USFA is unwavering in our commitment to preserve free speech FOR ALL – and we are engaged in the battle to insure it remains unrestricted throughout our nation.