New Diary entry/blog
Focus is on Four Freedoms, use, legislation effecting same, and some history.Extracted from the booklet “Heritage Foundation, 2003 ce, Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States”.
US Constitution Amendment 1″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 of the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”
Commonly addressed as the Four Freedoms:
Freedom of religion
Freedom of speech
Freedom of assembly
Freedom to live without fear of Government interference.
We live in the freest society on earth. We have the opportunity, choice and means to fail, to succeed, to live as we wish. We can go across the Big Muddy, return and drive clear across the Nation without once offering a Passport, Id or “papers” to a soul. We can buy, sell and trade in a free expression of our own abilities.
We can go, not go, talk about, lobby for or against, any point of religion, law, local imposition of desired change, without fear of being scooped up in the middle of the night for violation of the local Mayors opine.
Now, the caveat to all this, is that you and I have the same freedoms. Therefore, I MUST abide by the statements of the Constitution that says All Folks have these rights. Defense of MY rights and Defense of YOUR rights is a duty. If you lose yours, I lose mine. It is a simpatico relationship. The founders found a method to insure, by virtue of human selfishness that these freedoms would stand. I like mine, therefore I will stand up for yours…..
Unfortunately, there have been and probably always will be, those that say there is a better way. History shows us, that the trial and errors of seeking for a better way of insuring a relatively free society has not turned up anything that equals or is better over all, than this Constitution. However, we have only been at this for 232 years, so the day is young..
This Constitution has a base of almost 5000 years of trial and error. We can find elements of the Bill of Rights in almost every Code of Conduct from the Egyptian Pharoses, Hammurabi, Sumerian, Judaic, Greek, Roman and Islamic cultures. The Bill of Rights Amendment # 1 strikes the chord most dear to our hearts. Freedom. Our Founders with the aid of the Almighty Creator, were able to codify the yearnings of centuries of folks, into a few coherent, easy to grasp set of words.
Today, in our Congress there are factors desiring to diminish this Freedom. The legislation proposed to accomplish this is occasionally deliberate, more often simply inappropriate, unknowingly diminishing our Freedoms. I have the occasion to sort and select these Congressional efforts and bring them to our common attention. In so doing, I will attempt, as previously stated, to compare their content to our Founders statements, to ascertain effect, intended consequences and un-intended consequences should these Congressional efforts actually become the Law of the USA.
It is our eternal duty, honor and choice to defend these Amendments from variance, change, alteration and erosion into a set of worthless, unworkable doctrines.
EndMonday, July 14, 2008 ce