by Derek Hunter You’ve undoubtedly heard someone, maybe even yourself, say that you have a Constitutional right to free speech, right? While that seems to make sense, it’s not true, or at least wasn’t before the government got so big that it started intruding into areas of our lives in which it has no business; and it is part of a modern mentality that has the potential to harm our individual liberty.
To understand what I’m talking about, the first thing you have to understand it that the Constitution does NOT grant you rights, it protects the rights you inherently have from government intrusion. The First Amendment in the Bill of Rights is this:
"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. "
This comes from a watchdog blog named "Big Government" . It certainly gives one pause. The government is not giving us a thing! These rights, so aptly called "the Bill of Rights" is ours regardless of, and sometimes in spite of any government, whatsoever. This fact is somehow completely overlooked in elementary school civics class, in way to many schools.
If you read that particular blog posting, they go on to say that government is there to protect those rights, not to grant them.
Very good food for thought, in my opinion.
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