Musings on the first amendment

By Tom Quiner

Don’t take freedom for granted.

It’s under assault from the Left.

The greatness of the Constitution comes to a head in the power 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 the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

I’m concerned with the cavalier attitude many folks have about this right, in light of the effort being made to shrink the rights listed in the First Amendment.

As Quiner’s Diner has reported, the Obama administration wishes to reduce our free exercise of religion, which has included the public application of our faith throughout our history, to a mere right to freely worship. The president’s HHS mandate is a flagrant violation of our religious freedom, one that many Americans seem quite comfortable with.

The courts will decide if the president’s unprecedented action is another Obama overreach, or an acceptable reduction in our freedoms.

I believe religious liberty will prevail.

But it’s not just our freedom of religioun with which the Left has a problem, they also want to limit our free speech.

How so? By limiting the amount of money that can be spent on elections.

The Supreme Court has consistently overturned laws that limit election spending as being a violation of the First Amendment. And yet the Left keeps trying.

Although the Left loves Union dollars when it comes to electioneering, they want to deny the right to corporations.

The Court says corporations are people.

Mitt Romney agrees.

The Left says no, they’re not. They’re that way when it comes to the preborn, too, but that’s a post for another day.

For now, be vigilant. If the president and his party win this Fall, the First Amendment will be in grave danger.