The Jeffersonians   

The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people ... Th. Jefferson

Constitution Talk

Let us discuss portions of the Constitution and how it applies to our lives. We will try to further the horizons of Constitution knowledge.

Amendment I

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.

The first Amendment clearly and simply states that the government can make no law telling us how to practice our religion and they cannot prohibit us in how we exercise such religion. There must be fairness all around, each of us may practice as we wish but none of us can tell another how to do so. Further, it gives us freedom of speech and the press. We can express our opinions and may not have the government tell us how we may think, speak or write our thoughts. We again must be fair, each of us have opinions and each has  the same right. We may not impose our thoughts upon another by directly taking away another's right to speak or print their views. We all have the right to peacefully assemble whereas we may during our assembly speak our opinions, furthermore, it clearly allows all of us the right to petition the government with our grievances and ask that our grievances be addressed. By being able to address our grievances to the government we as the majority can tell the government when it has stepped out of line and We the People may tell such government that it needs to change.

This amendment was clearly written and leaves no room for interpretation. Above all the Constitution is for all of the people, not just a select few, it allows such rights to all. In saying this it must be stressed that all people need to know that as you have such a right, others do also; therefore, we have no right to put upon others our religion or opinions in a way that would take away from them. We can not tell someone they may not celebrate their religion because we do not like it, if they want to wish another Merry Christmas or put up a symbol during a holiday; we don't have a right to say 'my religion doesn't like it'.  We may not tell someone they cannot have a piece of land or memorial because we want it, should it be hallow to one before you got there, respect the other. When we assemble we have no right to tell another they are wrong or disrupt the assembly or call another racist to get them to become defensive in order to stop the assembly. The government has a duty to listen to the people, it is OUR country, not theirs, we have the right to show and demonstrate such grievances when it is apparent that the government has stepped over the bounds of the Constitution. The government has a duty to redress the grievances and make necessary changes that the majority of the people say are needed to bring the government back in line with the Constitution.

The first amendment is important but in recent years it has been twisted and whittled away by judges appointed by politicians that seek another agenda, that is, to change our Constitution so it will give power to the government and none to the people. We the People either will allow it or we will demand our Constitutional rights to be upheld.