(told you political blogging was back in my system again)
I have seen so much political hash made of the First Amendment that it makes me sick. This is what it says in very plain English:
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.
Keep in mind, I'm no scholar. I'm not a Constitutional Lawyer. I'm just a Simple Country Girl.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion: meaning our government can't favor one religion over another as the British Government had in the day and age in which this was written.
[Please note there is nothing there that says government has to stay out of the religion business. That came from this letter http://www.constitution.org/tj/sep_church_state.htm
Some people want to say this letter was written before the Bill of Rights was penned. Not so. The letter was written in 1802, the Bill of Rights was written in 1789 by James Madison and ratified in 1791 a full 11 years before Jefferson made his now infamous statement.]
Or the FREE EXERCISE THEREOF: meaning our government can't tell us we can't worship when and where we see fit, including public places. If they wanted to study Jefferson's letter a bit more they would also know that he felt government should only take action not give opinions. However, asking a slobbering liberal to actually read before jumping to a conclusion and spouting as the God's honest truth is like asking Paula Dean to please not use all that butter in her recipes. Not gonna happen.
or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press Well would you look at that it says the government can't abridge our speech, interestingly enough it is placed ahead of freedom of the press, it says the government can't deny us the right to peacefully assemble, TEA PARTIES, for example, and that we are well within our rights to petition our government for a redress of our grievances and boy don't we have a lot of them of late?
But is anyone in the elected cesspool listening?
Old establishment GOP thinks the tea party cost them the senate when they themselves demonstrated just how tone deaf they are by saying they felt they ought to be more like the democrats. Hello, did you not note we're rather pissed off at the democrats? Hello? Tone Deaf much? Democrats, on the other hand, knew damn well we weren't happy and went ahead with business as usual.
Now there's a truckload of them jobless.
One would think they would get the message, but noooo. Now they're going to try to compromise with the Democrats. I-D-I-O-T-S.
Is it 2012 yet?