The First Amendment: We Are Losing It

“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.”

That is the text of the First Amendment and, based on a basic understanding of English, I understand this to mean that we, as Americans, are free to exercise our choice of religion, say what we want, publish what we see fit, gather in protest, and petition our government if we are not fond of what they are doing. I will argue that we can no longer do this freely, under the guise of political correctness, and that our First Amendment rights are being eroded, as are many of our other rights.

The point of this writing is not to tell you how to go fix this problem, no. The point is to make you aware and bring to light what we have surrendered so that we know what we are fighting for. After knowledge is gained we can then formulate a battle plan. So, how are we losing this right?

  • First AmendmentFreedom of Speech: It is illegal to impede a police investigation for good reason, but police will stop you from videoing their actions, from a safe distance, and use the “interfering with police” line as a cover. The good police who have nothing to hide will not do this, which is the majority, but there are bad apples in every group. Though you shouldn’t fight the officer and get hurt, know your rights and exercise them.
  • Freedom of Religion: If a religious organization is politically incorrect, they can be spied upon without suspicion of a crime and monitored and controlled. Recently, a church in Texas was told to hand over sermons for approval before they could be used.
  • Freedom of Press: Similar to speech, if the press tries to air articles that do not jive with the big government, they are labeled as radical or dangerous and kept silent by the bad apples of government (which are much more abundant than bad apples in the police).
  • Freedom to Assemble: When a protest groups gather, more often than not, there is no rioting or violence. Though there are exceptions, it is not uncommon for peaceful groups to be forced to disperse for no other reason than the group being an inconvenience. Some states/cities even require a permit to be obtained before a protest can happen.
  • Freedom to Petition the Government: In order to petition the government, you must be able to see what the government is doing so that you can talk about it. Federal transparency is all but dead and secrecy is now the flavor of the day. Freedom of Information Act requests are often ignored, denied, or only partially fulfilled to maintain this secrecy.

So what do we do then? Like I said, this piece is not to tell you what to fight for, but to bring to light issues. You need to start finding examples of how our freedoms are being lost so that you can decide what you want to do about it. Knowledge is power and the government of today wants nothing more than to keep you in the dark. Start lighting candles and see where they take you. With any luck, we can still fix these problems from the voting booth, the soap box, and the protest gatherings. To do this though, we must know what is being stolen in the first place.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Seth Belt

Seth grew up in Southern Arizona before joining the U.S. Navy. While serving in the Navy, Seth was an anti-narcotics operator and an anti-submarine operator for 5 years. He was lucky enough to travel to many of the Central and South American countries, as well as visiting many South East Asian nations and islands. One of Seth’s greatest joys from his time in the Navy was teaching new Sailors firearms education and safety. After leaving the Navy in 2010, Seth returned to Arizona and had a rough time learning how to be a civilian again, often working jobs that could barely pay the bills. After going to school, Seth became an Emergency Medical Technician in the Phoenix Valley, where he now lives with his wife and son.His areas of knowledge cover military, firearms, and emergency medicine.
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