Exercising The First Amendment
I hear often from upset Trump Supporters who feel that the election was stolen and that it’s time to “do something.” Many of them are supporters the 2nd Amendment, and think in terms of binary decisions that are quite frankly very concerning. Yes we all feel that a great injustice has been done to the citizens of the United States, but we should revisit what has historically been a productive way to make our voices heard.
The First Amendment, which even some of our Governors have forgotten, states this:
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.
You will note that it specifically states “Congress” as the only party restricted by the First Amendment to abridging your rights, but that was clarified with the passing of the 14th Amendment.
What Should Be Done?
Anything and everything within your legal purview. These lock downs, are unconstitutional. Governors who order restrictions on people assembling, are violating the constitution as well. Anyone who tells you that you can’t attend religious services, but will allow other venues, is wrong. For the last six months, we have seen our elected officials turn a blind eye to the BLM and Anti-fa riots (AKA “peaceful protest”), while telling law abiding citizens that they must comply with dictatorial edicts that are anathema to our American ethos. Even more concerning…. is all the people who willfully complied.
Freedom isn’t free. We all have an obligation to protect our rights. 2020 has seen US citizens locked in their homes, told they can’t attend church, businesses shuttered or even burned down, and elections stolen. One has to ask themselves at what point do they actually do something about it?
For those who feel that freedom is worth protecting, perhaps we should exercise our First Amendment rights a little more and show the news what real “peaceful protest” actually look like (I would stay in groups larger than 10 however). Also…. invite some people over for Thanksgiving for crying out loud. Although we have not vetted these groups, we recommend taking a look or finding some of your own: