Which Part of the First Amendment Counts?


 

I do not deny that some things deserve our undivided attention but also do not believe that every slight requires front page attention and active redress? Is the constant headlining of even the mildest of incidents that occur in the United states aiding the cause of equality or damaging it?

Is the constant circling of the wagons among different groups in the face of the often idiotic or mild affronts by one person really in our best interest as a country?

Could our over sensitivity eventually lead to us being desensitized?

Are we getting into brawls over things that might best have been handled by a cold cutting look and a turning of the back…. or even the other cheek?

There seems to be a finer and finer line in the media between information and inflammation a line that we seem to be crossing all too frequently

Some times you have to carefully listen to those with whom you disagree to understand what you actually do believe.

If you allow yourself to incontrovertibly and uncritically become part of a group mentality, political party, or racial identification you become part of an animal with thousands of stomachs but no real brain.

The First Amendment is  clearly directed at the government but if we changed just a few words it makes more sense to me in our modern politically charged world to direct it towards the individual.

rewritten it might say, American Citizens shall not deny the establishment of religion, or prohibit the free exercise thereof; abridge the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people to peaceably assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. (I would replace petition the government with “throw the rascals out but that’s another issue)

It seems to me that too often we cherry pick the first amendment to support the actions of a group who are denying other rights expressed in that same amendment.

Which part of the First Amendment is more important, or are all parts equally important? When a group gathers in ” peaceful” assembly to stop the free speech of another group, when one right is used to quell the other, no matter how strongly we feel about the righteousness of our actions. we weaken both rights and that is not someplace we need to go.

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About safrisri

I have been a teacher since 1971 and have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. My writings will reflect on my past mistakes and successes and what my students have taught me about education.
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