Pens, Phones, and Erasers

Blog 46

Pens, Phones, and Erasers

There is nothing in the constitution that gives lefty agnostics any direct protection from government, but there is protection for religious institutions and persons of faith. So when I read some lefty lunacy on twitter about how folks just need to get over the attacks from the left over our first amendment rights to believe in God, I get a little perplexed. They seem to think the first amendment is all about free speech. If we have to rank according to the order they are articulated in the first amendment, religious freedom comes first on the list. The others are put in there because without them the government could have said you are free to think what you like, but they might stop you from assembling in a church or tell a preacher what he might preach, or prohibit the press from reprinting sermons which was a regular practice back in that day.

Amendment I
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.

If you notice the religion thing comes first. The speech thing come second, then the press, then assembly, and it is peaceably assemble. It is not ok to exercise civil disobedience and burn the town down. Assembly is only to petition the government for redress of your grievances. The civil disobedience notion comes from an essay by Henry David Thoreau not Saul Alinsky.

If you had an eighth grade education in the fifties you knew that. Most of the young kids popping off on twitter don’t know who these people are or why this country was founded in the first place.

The liberal Press is about to get a dose of the very social disorder they seem to champion. The attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo is just the first Salvo. The anarchist movement in this country most probably will get around to similar tactics against our news outlets in this country. It will serve some of them right because they are the champions of anarchy.

It seems to this observer that the qualifications to become a constitutional law professor in this country hit rock bottom with the current occupant of the White House. It seems now he is determined to drag the office of the president down the same rat hole. He needs to remember that he may hold the presidential pen and phone, but the people hold the eraser.

S. Henry Knocker

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