The First Amendment to the United States Constitution was crafted to help ensure five different fundamental freedoms, religion, speech, press, peaceful assembly, and to petition the government.
This is the text of the First Amendment:
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, or to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The Left of recent years has engaged in abuse of at least four of those rights. Last time we examined the abuse of the freedoms of religion and speech. Here we will survey the leftist abuse of the freedom of the press and the freedom to peaceably assemble.
Abuse of the Freedom of the Press
The ‘press’ of today encompasses the news/media complex of print media, radio, broadcast networks, cable news, and the fast-growing internet world including social and anti-social media.
This may be the easiest freedom to abuse because it can be hidden under a veneer of professionalism and ethics. It also happens to be an easy way to leverage influence and power toward a personal or corporate agenda.
The agenda of the Leftmedia is an active promotion of socialism. Since the election of Donald Trump, this has been tethered to an incessant and hostile denigration of him and his administration.
Examples of this kind of conduct are legion. I have covered many of them in past articles. This is a persistent theme seen in response to every action the president takes or proposal he makes. This hostility extends to anyone in his administration and even his family and friends.
One of the more recent demonstrations of abusing freedom of the press came in response to Education Secretary Nancy DeVoss’ suggestion for perhaps arming some teachers in the classroom. Here is a portion of that response.
PBS White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor… claims she has spoken with advocates who believe any programs that arm teachers will pose a threat to minority students. “If you start arming teachers, there are black and brown students … who are being disciplined more than their white counterparts, you could then start seeing statistics where potentially black students are getting shot or in accidents when their teachers are trying to shoot or do gun safety measures,” Alcindor claimed.
The suggestion that arming teachers will be a threat to minority students is both ridiculous and racist. It is an incendiary comment meant to stir up racial tensions and demean a member of Trump’s cabinet.
As far as the Left is concerned, the fact that a blow can be aimed at the Second Amendment is a bonus benefit. This is a terrible abuse of the freedom of the press to spread false innuendo and rumor devoid of fact.
Abuse of the Freedom to Peaceably Assemble
This freedom is the keystone of the ability to protest against or show support for causes in a public forum. Peaceful assemblies of even large groups of people cannot be prohibited within certain limitations for public safety and venue capacity.
Leftist abuse of this freedom has been increasing since the middle of the Obama administration with the violent protests of groups such as Black Lives Matter. There were pertinent examples of abusing lawful assembly such as one from April of 2015 where protesters blocked an interstate in the San Francisco area.
Officers detained six people here. Authorities tell KTVU all six were taken to the city jail and booked for unlawful assembly and being a public nuisance.
However, some of the most egregious abuses of the freedom to assemble were carried out during the presidential campaign at rallies for candidate Donald Trump. These involve the inciting of violence by Clinton and DNC supporters planted at the rallies.
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This kind of conduct is a deliberate abuse of the right to assemble peacefully at a public event. It is also abusing the freedom of speech in order to disrupt those who are exercising their freedom to assemble.
It is abuse solely for political gain, and it should be unacceptable as well as prosecutable. As of this writing, the leader of these efforts, Bob Creamer, has stepped down from his position, but there have been no attempts at prosecution.
Moreover, the Wisconsin Attorney General has refused to even investigate the organization, Democracy Partners, which Creamer led. Project Veritas’ James O’Keefe responded to this non-action by the AG.
Project Veritas Action has released a written and video response to Wisconsin Attorney General Schimel’s memorandum regarding Project Veritas Action’s Democracy Partners video investigation. …However, according to Schimel, “Based on all the available facts I do not believe there is any basis to conclude that the videos demonstrate or suggest violations of Wisconsin criminal laws.” Project Veritas Action and its legal team strongly disagree.
Unhindered Abuse Will Result in Loss of Freedom
The U.S. Constitution delineates our various individual rights on paper. Those rights are built on the foundation laid out in the Declaration of Independence.
The Declaration itself clarifies a very important point. Individual rights are not granted by the government. They are given inherently by God to human beings.
When any part of these constitutional rights is abused, the entire structure of the document is threatened. It is impossible to violate just one portion of the Constitution without bringing down all of it.
In practical terms, if such leftist abuse of the First Amendment is unchallenged and unhindered the entire gambit of liberty enjoyed by Americans is at risk. The process is already beginning impelled by the Democratic socialist machine, funded by leftist operatives such as George Soros.
The United States Constitution is a testimony to human freedom on earth. It is also a plea for the people of the nation to value our freedom as a precious gift from God.
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1
If freedom is properly valued then its beneficiaries will ‘stand firm’ in that freedom. That is true for the liberty of a nation, and the freedom of the soul.
Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles 2001
The Constitution of the United States, National Center for Constitutional Studies, 2009, 2012
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First published at TIL Journal