First Amendment

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.

Published on October 25, 2011 at 8:51 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. the first amendment is basically forbidding the national government’s right to interfere the citizens of united states to have freedom of religion, speech and press. with that amendment been established, the citizens can practice whatever religions they want and print or publish any document without national government involves to tell the citizens what is legal or illegal to print. additionally, the freedom of speech has indeed, limited the power of national government a lot. people can criticize the government but the government has no right to stop them. this is very different in other parts of the world and in many countries if someone speak malevolent or mean things against the government, he/she will be sent to jail. in my own opinion i believe the constitution especially the amendment I, has granted too much freedom to people. people are often misuse thier freedom. this can be seen as earlier as the election of 1800s. the federalists led by john adams who verbally accused republicans to be terror like french revolution. as the same time, the republicans led by thomas jefferson who spoke about federalists as a tyrant and conspired to be king. it became more obvious when john quincy adams’ supporters attack jackon as a murderer and distributed a “coffin handbill”. by allowing anyone to have freely express, it could damage other’s reputation greatly. even nowadays many people feel free to protest or verbally accuse the government with no serious consequence. so it is essential to have a balance between individual rights and freedom of speech.

  2. the first amendment is basically forbidding the national government’s right to interfere the citizens of united states to have freedom of religion, speech and press. with that amendment been established, the citizens can practice whatever religions they want and print or publish any document without national government involves to tell the citizens what is legal or illegal to print. additionally, the freedom of speech has indeed, limited the power of national government a lot. people can criticize the government but the government has no right to stop them. this is very different in other parts of the world and in many countries if someone speak malevolent or mean things against the government, he/she will be sent to jail. in my own opinion i believe the constitution especially the amendment I, has granted too much freedom to people. people are often misuse thier freedom. this can be seen as earlier as the election of 1800s. the federalists led by john adams who verbally accused republicans to be terror like french revolution. as the same time, the republicans led by thomas jefferson who spoke about federalists as a tyrant and conspired to be king. it became more obvious when john quincy adams’ supporters attack jackon as a murderer and disturbuted a “coffin handbill”. by allowing anyone to have freely express, it could damage other’s reputation greatly. even nowadays many people feel free to protest or verbally accuse the government with no serious consequence. so it is essential to have a balance between individual rights and freedom of speech.


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