The first few amendments in the Constitution of the United States of America are known as the “Bill of Rights.” Since the beginnings of the USA, these rights have repeatedly been attacked, limited, curtailed, and even completely revoked and then later restored by numerous government officials. This opinion piece details my interpretation of the current state of affairs with regards to the Bill of Rights and how those rights seem to presently be limited by government.
Amendment 1 – Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791.
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.
Today, the government routinely rounds citizens up into “free speech zones” during political events. They put these citizens into places where they will be less likely to be seen by the people they are protesting, and less likely to be seen by cameras. They put police all over the area, and prevent citizens from walking or moving outside of these zones, even if that prevents same citizens from accessing public transportation services and such. Read more »