Is the First Amendment Really For Everyone?

We like to think it is. No one wants to appear to be prejudiced or oppressive. But, we still want to take away the rights of anyone who does not think or believe as we do. It’s one of those instances where we are all guilty at some point and to some degree. No one is blameless on this. Some of us just choose to not acknowledge our fault.

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.”

Constitution of the United States of America

If you truly believe what that Amendment says, then why do we have all this intolerance of other people’s opinions? Now, I’m not here to debate SCOTUS cases and precedents. I’m talking about personal liberties that too often, people demand for themselves, but yet deny the next person in line; for no other reason than a difference of opinion. I was raised on the idea of: “I may not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Too often we write opposing ideas as idiotic, stupid, unfounded, or conspiracy theories simply because we don’t agree with the content of the thoughts that surround them.

How can you stand to listen to someone speak who’s words make you see red and your blood boil?

The truth is, a lot of times I don’t. If I cannot advocate an idea or notion, I tune it out and leave those who think that way to themselves. If it is something that is extremely well thought out and has solid factual backing I will listen to it, and then, either incorporate it into my way of thinking or reject it. With all the civil unrest and protests that have gone on in the last 5 years or so, I have yet to have anyone give me a solid, concrete argument. Civil outrage and the reactionary or revolutionary agendas (extreme left or right), which is all we’ve experienced, are not reason enough to change my way of thinking.

So folks, here is a challenge for you. Let everyone have their own opinion and their right to free speech. And for all the millennials out there, you don’t HAVE the right to anything, you’ve be GIVEN rights, and those rights were purchased with the blood of patriots!

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