Lest We Forget: The First Amendment

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, in full:

“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.”

It used to mean something. Then fear and ignorance allowed entrenched interests to change things and accumulate more power. Now the “free press” is owned and censored by the rich and powerful, “free speech” is consigned to “free speech zones” — if allowed at all — and the “the right of the people peaceably to assemble” is granted only for a limited time, if the mayor of your town feels like it.

Remember your constitution. Remind others. Recite it often. Let’s reclaim it.

James Israel
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