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.
I'm gonna skip the religious freedom topic because the pols and the courts have twisted that so far out of it's original meaning that it literally has no meaning any more. Ask any military chaplain who has been ordered not the use the word Jesus any more, or any any valedictorian who is not allowed to mention God.
I will also skip the freedom of speech portion because unless you are an elitist Hollywoody, the gob'mint is already slowly but deliberately building 'hate speech' rules which do in fact, negate 'Freedom of Speech'. Think not? Think again!
Nope, what I'd like to draw your attention to today is that right of the people 'to peaceably assemble' and address their grievances. No problemo, right?
Big problem! First, let's extract from that (always) friendly sounding law rushed through Congress after 9/11: to wit - "The Patriot Act"
Section 802 [USA Patriot Act]So what you ask? So now our own US Government defines 'peaceably assembling to protest government policy' is a form of low-level terrorism. You can be arrested and detained without cause, placed on no fly lists and much more. As a matter of fact, here is a question right out of a government employees routine training examination:
(a) DOMESTIC TERRORISM DEFINED- Section 2331 of title 18, United States Code, is amended–
‘(5) the term `domestic terrorism’ means activities that–
‘(B) appear to be intended–
‘(i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
‘(ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or
The written exam, given as part of Department of Defense employees’ routine training, includes a multiple-choice question that asks:
“Which of the following is an example of low-level terrorism?”
- Attacking the Pentagon
- Hate crimes against racial groups
The correct answer, according to the exam, is “Protests.”
So much for the First Amendment. And the Second Amendment..
But nobody should be surprised. As far back as 2001, when he was an Illinois State Senator, Obamanation claimed the Constitution was fundamentally flawed because it limited gob'mints ability to rule the people (not to mention redistribute wealth)